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Industrial Molds completes automated moldmaking cell

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 31st, 2012

Industrial Molds Group announced the addition of a Makino F-5 CNC high-speed machining center that will complete the company's robotics cell, which also has an S56 Makino high-speed machining center. Industrial Molds (Rockford, IL) is a manufacturer of injection molds specializing in complex part tools for Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers, industrial equipment, commercial appliance OEMs, medical and consumer packaging markets, building molds up to 1500 tons.

High heat FR-PET is free of halogens

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 30th, 2012

Japanese resin supplier Kaneka (Osaka) is claiming an industry first with development of a flame-retardant, glass fiber-reinforced PET grade that employs a non-halogenated flame retardant and can be utilized in environments exposed to temperatures of up to 150ºC.

Taking stock: Diversified Plastics’ employees invested in company’s success, literally

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 30th, 2012

Retirement brings with it a lot of major decisions, especially for company owners who've grown a successful business over many decades like James Dow, founder, President and CEO of Diversified Plastics Inc. While there are many options, the one that Dow chose to continue the success of his 35-year-old company was to sell to the employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

RFID helps crack LA pallet-theft ring; plastic thieves beware – you’re being tracked

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 30th, 2012

Plastic is fantastic - and it's also big business for thieves who steal the pallets and sell them to recyclers for cash.

Nypro syringe molded with COC in NPE demonstration

By Doug Smock
Published: January 30th, 2012

In a demonstration at NPE2012, Sodick Plustech (Schaumburg, IL), a manufacturer of high-precision injection molding machinery, will mold a medical syringe made of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) in a mold developed by Nypro (Clinton, MA).

Agr launches new series of profiler gauges for PET container industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2012

Agr International has launched a new series of lab profiler gauges to offer a non-destructive method to identify the presence and thickness of PET and barrier materials in multi-layer containers.

Metal replacement highlights new Evonik application

By Doug Smock
Published: January 30th, 2012

Plastic replaces metal in a device that applies dental fillings, making it lighter and easier to handle.

The working parts of the DinoPress applicator, which are subject to heavy mechanical stress, are now made from polyetheretherketone (PEEK) from Evonik Industries. The device can be steam sterilized up to 134°C.

The new DinoPress has been developed jointly by Gossau, Switzerland-based Alfred Schmid AG, producers of plastic parts for the dental industry for more than 40 years, and Basel, Switzerland-based Dolder AG.

DuPont steps up focus on medical market

By Doug Smock
Published: January 27th, 2012

A new low-friction grade of polyacetal will be one of the focal points of a European exhibit of DuPont's polymer line for the healthcare field.

Delrin SC699 polyacetal was specifically developed for parts requiring precision molding in the healthcare industry and is compliant with regulations from the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Union.

Names in the News: Metabolix, Viking Plastics, Venture Plastics, Radius, Unicep, and Hall Star

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 27th, 2012

Metabolix Inc. has appointed Celeste Beeks Mastin to its board of directors. Mastin has more than 20 years of experience in the global chemicals and performance materials sector. Mastin recently served as CEO of building materials company MMI Products Inc.. Prior to MMI Products, she spent 17 years in the chemical industry, including stints with Ferro Corp. and Shell Chemical. Richard P.

Eastman acquires Solutia for $4.7 billion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 27th, 2012

Eastman Chemical Co. has acquired Solutia Inc. in a $4.7 billion transaction that Eastman says will broaden its geographic reach into emerging economies and expand its sustainable product offerings. Solutia, which supplies specialty films and additives into the automotive, building and construction, and renewable energy markets, formerly offered polyamide, before it sold that business to private equity firm SK Capital in 2009.

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