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Economic concerns drive down oil prices, and plastics follow suit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

The news of economic concern and stock market volatility thatare filling the headlines of newspapers and leading off TV news reports also has left its mark on the plastics industry, with more pronounced fluctuation in the prices of resins one of the immediate outcomes. Many of the plastics pricing changes are moving in tandem with the sharp recent fall in the price of oil.

Simplify your shop floor to excel at even the most complex parts

By Garrett MacKenzie
Published: August 11th, 2011

I once had a plant manager who had the perfect analogy for the use of visual management, by implementing an engineered shop floor layout with clear and concise instructions at each employee's workstation.

 The question he asked our team was this:
 "Why is it that when you look at a shampoo bottle, there are directions to 'Rinse, Lather and Repeat'?" 
His answer was simple, yet thought-provoking. 

"Someone at some point stood there with the bottle, trying to figure out what to do with it."

Sonoco to invest $15 million in Ohio packaging plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2011

Sonoco announced that it will build a 120,000-plus square-foot plant in Ohio, including PET injection stretch blowmolding and injection molding machines, to produce packaging and components for personal care products. Sonoco's Rigid Paper and Plastics division will develop the new rigid plastic container operation at its Beauty and Home Care campus in New Albany, OH, with the expansion expected to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2012.

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.

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