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MWV purchases closure maker Polytop Corp.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 4th, 2012

Packaging giant MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) acquired Polytop Corp., a closure maker, in a move to expand the company's technologies and global growth.    

The acquisition will help publicly traded MWV further strengthen its position in global packaging, said Scott Openshaw, manager of corporate communications for MWV.

European moldmaker introduces new multicomponent tool technology

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 4th, 2012

For molders needing quick and efficient mold changeovers to accommodate changing batch sizes, Germany's Zahoransky Formenbau GmbH offers new multi-component platform injection molds, saying the new technology allows faster product changeover by simply exchanging mold inserts in the master mold.

Gross mismanagement part II B: Furthering the discussion

By Glenn Beall
Published: January 4th, 2012

Ed. Note: Glenn Beall's Dec. 1 By Design article generated 19 comments in what became a spirited online discussion of the intersection of corporate management, university curriculum and on-the-job training. Here Glenn extends the conversation drawing from his own experience as a business owner to outline his stance.

Onex buys Davis-Standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 4th, 2012

Extrusion systems supplier Davis-Standard LLC (Pawcatuck, CT) was sold by private equity firm Hamilton Robinson and Davis-Standard management shareholders to ONCAP, the mid-market private equity platform of Toronto-based investment firm Onex. The deal, which closed on Dec. 23, 2011, was announced to the market on Jan. 4, 2012 and ends Hamilton Robinson's involvement with Davis-Standard.

Valeo acquires Chinese automotive lighting concern

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 3rd, 2012

As part of its development strategy in high-growth countries, and particularly China, Tier I Valeo (Paris) has acquired an 80% shareholding in the Chinese automotive lighting specialist Ruby from Chery Technology, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Chery Automobile (Wuhu, China). Chery Technology will retain a 20% stake in the company.

Elastomer extrudes faster, offers heat, fluid resistance in fuel systems

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 3rd, 2012

A new grade of polyacrylate elastomer extrudes at a 50% faster rate while bringing the same level of heat and fluid resistance in charge air cooler (CAC) hoses for turbo diesel (TDi) or turbo gasoline applications and other high-performance automotive parts. Zeon Chemicals HyTemp AR212XP also reportedly offers improved extruder feeding and surface finish compared to the prior grade, HyTemp AR212HR.

Ajedium responds to Tedlar film shortage

By Doug Smock
Published: January 3rd, 2012

Aircraft manufacturers now have a new polymer choice for use in thermal acoustic insulation blanket (TAIB) cover film as an alternative to more costly PEEK (polyetheretherketone) and Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride (PVF), which has been in short supply.

Extrusion line for tiny technical profiles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 2nd, 2012

In November 2011, battenfeld-cincinnati (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany; Vienna, Austria) presented the techBEX complete line concept for producing small technical profiles at an open house event staged by Italian partner company Fainplast s.r.l. (Ascoli Piceno). For its part, compound supplier Fainplast informed the 70 participants about its range of custom-made materials as well as optimal processing methods with an extrusion line from battenfeld-cincinnati.

BASF introduces functional film pharma packaging

By Doug Smock
Published: December 30th, 2011

Plastic film featuring three different functional layers is being used as a new packaging concept by BASF for a pharmaceutical excipient called Kollidon, which is made of polyvinylpyrrolidone. (PVP).

Referred to as PeroXeal, the new multi-layered and heat-sealed plastic film will protect Kollidon against contact with oxygen, making it possible to significantly reduce the peroxide level of the material, according to BASF.

CTP flexibles rings in New Year with three new slitter rewinders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 29th, 2011

CTP flexibles will install three 1350-mm wide Titan ER610 compact slitter rewinders in the new year, with the first Titan slitter to be installed during January with the second and third machines following closely behind.

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