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Oderwald to step down as SPE’s director, search for replacement underway

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2011

Susan Oderwald will step down as the Society of Plastics Engineers' (SPE) executive director at the end of 2011, ending a 10-year run with the association that she joined as deputy executive director in 2001.

Energy efficiency expert addresses best power practices for plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2011

Dr. Michael Muller's presentation on energy efficiency in industrial environments during PlasticsToday.com's virtual event is definitely not his first foray into the field of energy smart plastics manufacturing.

TPE resin prices, August 1-5: PE and PP up $0.01/lb; market as yet unaffected by upstream crude and gas 'mayhem'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2011

Resin markets endured a "tug-of-war" last week, with bullish momentum and price increase initiatives pitted against plunging world-wide markets for stocks, commodities, and energies. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange, did note, that in spite of what it called "upstream mayhem," downstream products, including monomers and resins, have not yet had a negative reaction. TPE did state that the market's sentiment has turned more cautious given overall uncertainty with the economy.

Names in the News: SAS Automation makes money with the sun, Steve McCance with us

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2011

Robotic end-of-arm-tooling supplier SAS Automation figures that within three years it will have paid for its recent investment in a new photovoltaic solar array on its corporate headquarters in Xenia, Ohio.  Thereafter there is a good chance the solar array will turn into a moneymaker for the manufacturer.

Magna boosts China presence to supply Chery

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

Magna Exteriors and Interiors (Aurora, ON) has expanded its footprint in China by forming a joint venture to purchase an existing injection molding and painting facility located in Wuhu, a city in the Anhui Province, southeastern China.
The tri-party joint venture, called MCC Wuhu Exteriors, comprises of Magna Exteriors and Interiors (51%), CAIP (Changshu Automotive Trim Co., 34%) and Chery Tech (15%).

Trellis stakes out intellectual property around biobased plastic packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

New patents for a food safe, waterproof, injection moldable and thermoformable blend of bioplastics with approximately 70% biomass and one for a new bioplastic blend that uses agricultural industry byproducts, including wheat chaff and soybean hulls as feedstock, have been filed by Trellis Earth Products Inc. (Wilsonville, OR).

U.S. sales and production of resin slows

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

Production, sales and captive use of plastics in the U.S. slipped during June on a year-over-year basis, and while overall first-half figures for 2011 are up slightly, bigger gains and market momentum seen in March and April seem to have faded. According to statistics released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), U.S. production of major plastic resins totaled 6.2 billion lb during June 2011, a decrease of 0.3% compared to the same month in 2010.

Product Watch: New blender handles up to 6 dissimilar materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

The new TrueWeigh continuous blender from Conair can be configured to handle from 2-6 different components in total throughput ranges of up to 700 lb/hr (320 kg/hr) or up to 3000 lb/hr (1365 kg/hr). Ingredient hoppers and dispensing augers can be sized to deliver any amount up to the maximum or as little as ¼ lb/hr (115 g/hr) with metering accuracy within 0.5% of setpoint, depending on the material.

MIM molder Smith Metal Products adds West Coast office

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

Metal and ceramic component molder Smith Metal Products is "exporting" one of its long-time employees, Mike Brown, to California from the company's Minnesota home. The new office in Los Angeles will help the processor better serve its customers, who manufacture for the implant and surgical device, electronics, defense, aircraft, firearm and consumer products' markets.

Galaxy Tool Corp. expands capability and capacity as it revisits its plastics heritage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 8th, 2011

Galaxy Tool Corp. of Winfield, KS is positioning itself to once again become a major player in the injection and blow mold manufacturing industries. The company just made a major capital investment in equipment, including a new 5-axis CNC machining center from Fidia that went online at the company this month. The machining center will expand Galaxy's capacity with a travel of 157 inches on the Y-axis, 79 inches along the x-axis and 55 inches along the Z-axis, increasing Galaxy's large 5-axis machining capacity by 30%.

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