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Niagara falls for new site in North Carolina for preform molding and bottle blowing facility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 15th, 2011

Family-owned water bottler Niagara Bottling LLC, headquartered in Ontario, CA, is expanding again with its announcement of construction of a new 310,000-sq-ft plant in Mooresville, NC. Niagara has its own captive plastics processing operations to include preform molding, bottle blowmolding and injection molding of closures.

Huhtamaki acquires hygienic films processor in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

Plastics packaging processor Huhtamaki has agreed to acquire the Brazilian film extruder and converter Prisma Pack Indústria de Filmes Técnicos e Embalagens Ltda (Camaçari,Brazil). The privately owned Prisma Pack, founded in 2001, is a market leader in hygienic films in Brazil and also serves demand for food packaging and other applications. Hygienic films are mainly used in personal care products, such as disposable diapers, feminine protection and incontinence diapers.

Product Watch: Brückner, Extruder Experts and Brabender

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

An Indian plastics processor enters the BOPP film market with a new line from Brückner, Extrusion Experts introduces a lab-scale extruder and Brabender now offers a machine for small-scale milling of elastomeric and thermoplastic materials

Online resource helps you get smart on laser welding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

Laser welding systems supplier LPKF Laser & Electronics is seeing significant growth in orders, has added to its staffing and also has created a new English-language website where plastics processors can learn more about welding and specifically laser welding. The website is monitored by one of the company's U.S. employees, Josh Brown. LPKF is headquartered in Garbsen, Germany.

Austrian injection molding group Polytec acquires molder PPI, adds to own capacity too

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

After some rough times, the financials are back in order at the Polytec Group, the orders book is full and the future looks bright. The molder's management is betting on a continuation of these positive developments as it announced its intent to expand its operations in Lohne, Germany and Hörsching, Austria, plus purchase for about €10 million the injection molding company PPI Plastic Products Innovation GM & Co  (Ebensee, Austria). Total investment, internal plus the acquisition, will be about €15 million ($21.2 million).

Cooper Standard expands in Eastern Europe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Cooper Standard (Novi, MI)  plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, further expanding its global automotive body sealing and fluid handling businesses. 

"This is yet another example of Cooper Standard's strategy to support our global customers as they expand around the world," says Cooper Standard's COO Keith Stephenson. "In addition to initially supporting Ford, our new Romanian operations will offer sealing and fluid handling products to our other global customers."

Manufacturing has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to seize on energy efficiency

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Neal Elliott's 2009 message to the senate committee succinctly laid out the stakes for manufacturing in the face of energy inflation and the globalization of industry. "Our country needs to prepare now if we are to be ready to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to influence the energy efficiency and sustainability of the manufacturing sector once it emerges from the current economic downturn," Elliott said. "The manufacturing sector and its contributions to the nation's economy and jobs have been ignored for far too many years, and it is important that this neglect be reversed."

Names in the News: Good things come in fives for Interplastic, Southwest Venture and for the PPI

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Thermoset resins supplier Interplastic Corp. has announced the 2011 recipients of its Scholars Awards. The company provides $2000 in college tuition assistance to five recent high school graduates. This is the eleventh year Interplastic (St. Paul, MN) has awarded the scholarships.   

Workstation design saves time, wins award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

First prize for the "Best Assembly Idea 2011" went to the "Pick-by-Shutter" ejector workstation. Although this particular workstation is not used in a plastics processing facility, details of it may spur processors to enhance or redesign the workstations in their own facility. It also is one potential answer to the multi-faceted question, "How can higher-cost labor countries keep their manufacturing industries intact?"

Material Thoughts: A TPV for car weather seals, a TPE for EPDM replacement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

The mailbag this week brought news of a new thermoplastic vulcanizate introduced by ExxonMobil Chemical, plus a thermoplastic elastomer commercially introduced by Alliance Polymers & Services. The former material is being marketed for automotive parts such as glass encapsulated weather seals whereas the latter is of interest to processors seeking a cost-effective replacement for vulcanized rubber and EPDM in applications such as extruded glazing gaskets and seals for refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances.

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