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Third expansion this year announced for West Pharmaceutical

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2011

In Arizona, in China and now in Florida: West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. a developer, injection molder and assembler of devices for injectable drug administration, is expanding its research and development center in St. Petersburg, FL. The goal, says the company, is to add focus for new elastomer formulations, process technologies and products for West's global component manufacturing network.

Light bulbs to LEDs: Philips Vitrite rapidly develops its sustainable future

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 17th, 2011

The light bulb manufacturing business left for low-cost manufacturing shores, leaving Philips Lighting Vitrite, Philips' captive component manufacturer of general lighting systems (GLS)-your standard light bulb-in need of a new business model. Injection molding became the rallying cry, and the company now is on the leading edge of LED design. Furthermore, it intends to be on the leading edge of lighting systems for many years to come.

Price of (pick your plastic) tumbled last week in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2011

That headline could be the very brief executive summary of this week's report for us on plastics market in Asia from pricing information service Polymerupdate. The various types of polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, ABS, PVC-prices dropped for all of them last week. The drops are little wonder as the uncertainty in the stock market spreads to the "real" world and begins to curb consumer demand.

Indonesia welcomes more vehicle production

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 16th, 2011

Recent announcements by global automakers regarding investments in Indonesia paint a bright picture for the local processing scene given commitments to local sourcing. General Motors (Detroit) is the latest to throw its hubcap into the ring with plans to invest $150 million to restart its assembly operation at Bekasi, West Java, that has been idle since early 2005.

Neutrex to expand Purgex plant by 50%

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2011

Neutrex Inc. (Houston, TX), maker of Purgex purging compounds, will boost its manufacturing and warehousing capacity, with plans to increase its facility's size by 50%. The company said it's been in a hiring mode in 2011 and has completely filled its current space, with the planned expansion to come online by the end of 2011. A company representative told PlasticsToday that total headcount is up by 20%.

Integral forms ElectriPlast Corp. to focus on conductive plastic commercialization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2011

Integral Technologies (Bellingham, WA) has created ElectriPlast Corp. as a wholly owned subsidiary that will function as the operating entity responsible for the commercialization, sales, and marketing of the company's electrically conductive resins.

TPE resin prices, August 8-12: PE and PP down $0.01-$0.02/lb; producer inventories reach multiyear highs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2011

Another week of extreme volatility in the stock, energy, and commodity markets sent many resin buyers to the sidelines to await solid direction, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Spot polyethylene (PE) prices eased $0.01-$0.02/lb, giving back most of the premium previously built up in expectation of the proposed August price increase of $0.05/lb that producers continue to pursue. Spot polypropylene prices shed $0.01/lb as August polymer-grade propylene (PGP) contracts initially settled flat.

Names in the News: Plastics packaging people at Dow Chemical and TricorBraun, plus a national packaging award contest

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2011

At plastics and chemicals supplier Dow Chemical Company, Glenn Wright, commercial vice president for North America Plastics, has been named business vice president for Performance Packaging, an $8 billion global business unit in the company's Performance Plastics division.  

Also at Dow, Mauro Gregorio, commercial vice president of plastics in Europe/Middle East/Africa, has been named to the dual role of commercial vice president for Performance Plastics North America, and business vice president for Performance Plastics' Hygiene & Medical global business unit. 

Pipe processor ADS plans new plant in Iowa

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2011

The world's largest processor of corrugated plastic pipe, Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., is adding to the string of pipe facilities it has built with a new one planned for Hampton, Iowa. The new facility is to be fully operational by the middle of next month.

Honda selects Mexico for new assembly plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2011

Hampered by a strong yen when it exports vehicles from Japan, Honda (Tokyo) has opted for a major investment in Mexico for its next assembly operation to serve the North American market. The company is investing around $800 million to build the plant, which is scheduled to begin operation in 2014.

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