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Manufacturing sector expands but PMI takes a big dip

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 3rd, 2011

The good news from the Institute for Supply Management in its latest report is that economic activity expanded in July for the 24th consecutive month. However, the bad news is that the Purchasing Management Index, a survey of the nation's supply chain executives, dropped a dramatic 4.4 percentage points to 50.9%. While according to the way the ISM calculates its survey numbers, anything over 50% shows an expanding economy, July's drop tells a story of a deepening slump.

Plastic sheet becomes solar cell with spray-on coating

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 3rd, 2011

A "spray-on" coating method has been successfully used to generate electricity on flexible plastics. Alternative and renewable energy research company New Energy Technologies Inc. (Columbia, MD) has extended its patent-pending SolarWindow technology to plastics, after launching it last year for glass windows.

Injection molding empowers plastic lab-on-a-chip

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 3rd, 2011

An injection molded credit-card-sized plastic device has been successfully used to produce blood-based diagnostic results in minutes, realizing the promise of "lab-on-a-chip" technology with a far cheaper production method than many existing fabrication techniques, while opening up an array of medical testing to patients in nearly any setting. 

Plastics Color Corp. expands, strengthens liquid color presence with Polysource purchase

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 3rd, 2011

Color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches supplier PCC (Plastics Color Corp.) announced its acquisition of Polysource LLC and its Pinnacle Color subsidiary, a color and additives manufacturer and distributor located in Tempe, Arizona. The purchase expands PCC's distribution footprint in North America, including Mexico, and provides it with supply of liquid color concentrates made in North America.

Polyolefins, styrenics, PVC: no matter what you needed, it cost more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 3rd, 2011

Processors across Asia and India saw the cost of their plastics rise last week, according to plastics pricing service Polymerupdate. Here is a look at plastics pricing developments for selected materials in Asia in the past week. The common denominator? Prices moved up.

Acquisition strengthens medical device testing service at UL

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 3rd, 2011

Independent safety testing company Underwriters Laboratories has bulked up its ability to test medical devices with its acquisition of two mdt medical device testing GmbH (MDT) and md registration support Ltd. (MDRS). 

Both of the acquired entities are in Ochsenhausen, Germany, and will be merged into UL's Life and Health business unit. The purchase adds additional ability for UL (Northbrook, IL) to test function, safety and compliance of medical devices and to assist with registration of these.

Plastics industry M&A active as buyers and sellers find reasons to support their moves

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 3rd, 2011

It's not exactly a war zone out there, but it sure is no cakewalk. That is the assessment that Bill Ridenour, president of Polymer TransAction Advisors Inc. (PTA) makes in his latest report covering the first six months of 2011 in the plastics industry. "With oil prices increasing (and likely to decrease) daily due to the instability of the Middle East, placing price pressures on converters and end customers, the plastic and chemical sector is a volatile place to be," commented Ridenour.

Polycarbonate delivers Prius panorama

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 2nd, 2011

ompounding technology has been used to develop a heat-resistant polycarbonate (PC) material that was selected for use in the panorama roof of Toyota's Prius α. The roof was molded by Toyota Industries Corp. (Aichi, Japan) and is reportedly the world's largest.

Names in the news: DME, PTi, and Jamplast

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 2nd, 2011

Mold technology supplier DME (Madison Heights, MI) has hired Chris Bustamante as a new field sales representative for the Western U.S. Bustamante will serve customers in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Bustamante comes to DME from CSI/Cosmolab, where he was the sales manager for a variety of injection molding products including double-wall jars, mechanical pencils, closures, and custom injected products for the cosmetic industry.

TPE resin prices, July 25-29: PE and PP fall in June & July but spot prices are on the rise; Is the early summer price relief over?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 2nd, 2011

Spot prices were relatively stable and traded volumes were good as market participants squared up month-end positions to finish July and prepared for a viable price increase initiative in August. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that polyethylene contracts dropped $0.03-$0.04/lb in July, just as they had done in June. Depending on grade and producer, most contract buyers received a total of $0.06-$0.07/lb of price relief.

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