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Rohrer CEO discusses thermoforming acquisition

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 11th, 2012

Rohrer Corp. hopes to build a better package with its recent acquisition of Buckell Plastic Co.

"Rohrer is searching for well-run companies to expand its capacity and capabilities," he said. "Buckell fits this profile and was ready to make a deal," Rohrer Corp. president and CEO Scot Adkins told PlasticsToday.

It's an uphill fight to replace PVC in medical tubing

By Doug Smock
Published: January 11th, 2012

Teknor Apex, one of the world's largest compounders of flexible PVC, is actively developing a PVC-free alternative for medical applications and already reports a handful of commercial applications in smaller sizes.

Replacing PVC in medical applications is a daunting task because of the low cost of PVC compounds, the large infrastructure in place for manufacturing the material, and the regulatory review process required.

Toray takes over French carbon fiber joint venture

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2012

Toray Industries (Tokyo) has purchased the remaining shares in Société des Fibres de Carbone S.A. (Soficar), a subsidiary engaged in manufacturing and sales of carbon fibers in France, in which Toray held a 70% stake, from Arkema (Colombes, France). Along with the purchase of the remaining stake, Toray is renaming Soficar as Toray Carbon Fibers Europe S.A. (CFE).

AGI-Shorewood CEO talks merger, business

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 10th, 2012

Newly appointed AGI-Shorewood president and CEO Mike Ukropina told PlasticsToday the company is now focused exclusively on specialty packaging solutions.

"Printers worldwide face tremendous challenges, and we intend to thrive in these turbulent times by staking our claim as the best global specialty packaging business in our markets," Ukropina said.

JSP licenses Woodbridge’s foam seat frames for Japan automotive industry

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 10th, 2012

The Woodbridge Group, a provider of urethane and bead foam technologies for the automotive industry, announced that global plastic foam supplier JSP has recently licensed Woodbridge's patented StructureLite technology to market and produce expanded polypropylene (EPP) seat frames in Japan.

This technology was previously licensed by JSP for North American manufacture.

Door handle molder extends gas-assist licenses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2012

Global automotive supplier Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst has extended its intellectual property licenses in gas injection. The company, which developed 'passive entry' and 'keyless go' systems for cars, previously held Melea licenses, and when Melea was liquidated Cinpres bought up its remaining licenses.

Look for high-efficiency medical systems at NPE 2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2012

One of the interesting medical demonstrations at NPE 2012 will be molding of components in a multi-cavity mold for SHL, a major Swedish producer of drug delivery devices.

It will be representative of one of the medical market trends to look for at this year's NPE: An increasing emphasis on technologies that help reduce costs. Higher tooling cavitation is one approach; another is integrated, highly productive systems.

All-electric packaging technology on display at NPE

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 9th, 2012

An all-electric injection molding machine will shoot thin-wall lids at NPE 2012 for a newly developed ice cream container. This e-motion 740H/310W/200 T combi machine from injection molding machine and automation supplier Engel, will be used in conjunction with a two-component injection molding process and in-mold labeling.

Tandem mold technology finding its place

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 9th, 2012

Tandem mold technology, a relatively new development, is beginning to be a growth business for T-Mould, a mold manufacturer based in Bad Salzuflen, Germany with an office in Grand Rapids, MI. The company does not build the tandem molds itself, but is the inventor and developer of the tandem technology.

"Because of our growing business we wanted to have an increased presence in North America," explained Wilhelm Kliewer, managing director of American T-Mould.

Plastic Packaging manufacturer acquired by CI Capital Partners

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 9th, 2012

Specialty plastic packaging maker IntraPac Group Inc. was bought by private investment firm CI Capital Partners. The terms were not disclosed.

In conjunction with the transaction, Thomas Linton, formerly the president of North American Packaging Corp. (NAMPAC), will become CEO of IntraPac.

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