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Plastic extrusion: Pexco purchases AllWest

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2011

For its third acquisition in just four months, custom plastic profile extrusion processor Pexco will bring AllWest Plastics Inc. into its fold. AllWest's specialty is in custom profile extrusions for the aerospace and lighting industries, both of which are key end-use markets for Pexco. Selling AllWest is Scott Leishman, who acquired the company in 1986.

Blown film coolers help plastic processors beat the heat

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2011

A heat wave has enveloped most of the U.S. and processors of plastic film know how detrimental higher ambient temperatures can be to their production. Offering a helping hand are blown film air coolers. One manufacturer, Mokon, announced the extension of its blown film cooler (BFC) range to coolers sized up to 9000 cubic feet of processed air per minute.

Wastewater pumping stations lose weight with plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2011

Polyurethane replaces aluminum in the successful new construction of a wastewater lifting plant, also called pumping station, with plastics processor Thieme helping with the new design and handling processing of the plastics.

Names in the news: Xten, Eurotec, Biopolymers Symposium, and Maguire

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2011

Custom molder and contract manufacturer Xten Industries (Kenosha, WI) has appointed Ken Lippold as its new director of sales. Lippold, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and who retired in 1999 from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel, sold medical instruments and disposables for several manufacturers, and most recently was owner of his own Wisconsin-based medical distribution company.

Dow and Mitsui announce Brazilian bio-based polyolefin venture

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2011

Calling the venture the world's largest biopolymers play and Dow Chemical's biggest investment in Brazil, Dow and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. announced plans for what they say will be the world's largest integrated facility for the production of biopolymers made from renewable, sugar-cane derived ethanol.

Bioplastics processor Ecospan plans new ops center in PA

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 21st, 2011

Bioplastics developer and marketer of bioplastics products Ecospan LLC is adding an East Coast home to its current headquarters in California. The new operations center in Exton, Pennsylvania, slated to open in the fall of 2011, also will be the home office for the company's expanded management team. Recent hires include Paul Cannon, marketing VP, and ex-Conair executive John Vandenbergh as VP operations.

Plastic rail ties bound for South America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2011

Axion International, a processor of railroad ties and other structural products  from recycled plastic, says its first orders for the ties from South America are on its books. The company is not as yet revealing the name of the customer nor of the exact location where the ties will be used, only that it is in a major South American city.

Battery business charges up Kramski

By IMM Staff
Published: July 20th, 2011

Metal stamping and overmolding specialist, Kramski North America Inc. (Largo, FL) has installed a new 140-ton Arburg 420C Allrounder to injection mold cases, covers, and buttons for the new RxEnergy NeverDie Series of sterilizable lithium battery packs for use in orthopedic power tools used in surgery.

Names in the News: Linpac Packaging, Foster Corp., SAS Automation and Invensys Eurotherm

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2011

This issue of Names in the News includes word of a new appointee plus a promotion at plastics packaging processor Linpac Packaging, and a new hire for medical plastics compounder Foster. SAS Automation named a new company to rep its products, and Invensys Eurotherm announced a promotion and a new hire.

Urns to die for: injection molded, bioplastic, commercially available

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2011

Why would a company opt to injection mold a bioplastic to form funeral urns? The question is best answered at Swiss company Alento AG, a plastics processor founded in 2005 with the goal of making a mark in the industry with "enhanced wood plastic composites."

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