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User-guided improvements help make IQMS a winner

By IMM Staff
Published: June 24th, 2011

IQMS has won a national business award for the latest version of its EnterpriseIQ enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, beating out fellow ERP software providers QAD and Syspro in three different categories including Most Innovative Company of the Year and People's Choice Award for Best Manufacturing Product. Specifically, its EnterpriseIQ 7.8.1 won the 2011 American Business Award in the New Manufacturing Product of the Year category.

SPI signs deals with leading Latin American publications to promote NPE in Central, South America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2011

The Society of Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington DC) has reached a series of agreements with trade media outlets that cover Latin America in a bid to augment the participation of Latin American plastics professionals at NPE 2012 (Orlando; April 1-5, 2012).

SPI’s pellet-containment protocol heads north

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2011

The Society of the Plastic Industry's environmental stewardship program that aims to keep loose resin pellets out of waterways and, eventually, oceans, has been extended northwards to Canada following a licensing agreement among the Canadian Plastics Industry Assn. (CPIA), SPI, and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council.

PU systems house targets China's mushrooming auto industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2011

A systems house for polyurethane (PU) established by Japan's Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) in Southern China has commenced operations. The company says the new facility will boost its market share for automotive materials (mainly seat cushions) in the region, which has attracted significant investment in automobile manufacturing.

Acquisition helps Eastman meet demand for non-phthalate plasticizers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Eastman Chemical Company has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Sterling Chemicals Inc. for $100 million in cash. Among other plans, Eastman says it will modify and restart Sterling's idled plasticizer manufacturing facility to produce non-phthalate plasticizers. Phthalate plasticizers, used to soften PVC, have been under regulatory scrutiny after some research has shown certain ones may be hormone disruptors.

Vehicle energy recovery hits the road

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 23rd, 2011

Decelerating vehicles lose notable amounts of kinetic energy as heat when the brakes are applied, thus wasting precious fossil fuels. Hybrid vehicles and Formula 1 racecars have the ability to recover part of this energy through the use of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) but in the future, conventional vehicles may be able to contribute to energy conservation as a technology known as MotionPower literally hits the road.

Solvay plans large specialty plastics plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay announced it will invest some €120 million ($172.5 million) in a new plant for the production of specialty plastics polyvinylidene fluoride and fluoroelastomers, plus the vinylidene fluoride monomer used to make them. Typical end use products for fluoroelastomers include O-rings, seals, gaskets and complex molded parts in highly aggressive chemical climates-think of underhood automotive parts.

Class in session at Currier Plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

Plastics processors and the associations representing them know they need to work with young people to generate interest in manufacturing. There are many ways to help seed the next generation of processors, but certainly inviting them into your plant is a good start. That's been the case at Currier Plastics for more than a decade.

Genesis begins new collaboration with plastic compounds’ supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

Last October contract manufacturer Genesis Plastics Welding formed a collaboration with plastics compounder PolyOne to optimize radio frequency (RF) plastics welding of that supplier's thermoplastic elastomers, with an eye on the medical device industry. This month Genesis announced a second such collaboration, this time with plastics compounder Teknor Apex, but again focused on TPEs and the medical market.

Plastics in the air: New material could replace stretched acrylic in airplane windows

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

This week's Paris Air Show was the launch pad for a new breed of plastic airplane passenger-cabin windows, with the supplier, who developed the material used and manufactured the windows, claiming it offers improved craze-resistance and performance compared to the incumbent material, stretched acrylic.

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