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PP half pipes and raffia make for world's lightest pallet

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 28th, 2011

Plastics have taken on wood in the pallet arena for many years now, with injection-molded and thermoformed variants perhaps most visible. Pallets incorporating expanded polystyrene have also made some inroads. Now it's the turn of an interesting combination of polypropylene raffia and formed sheet to take up the challenge.

Sterilization requirements help drive Ultem adoption

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 28th, 2011

Sabic Innovative Plastics says independent third-party testing of its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) material shows it can stand up to gas plasma sterilization, an increasingly popular method of disinfecting medical devices and components known commercially as Sterrad. Patented in 1987 and introduced in the U.S.

Better optical parts, faster through overmolding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

Engel has introduced new injection molding technology specifically aimed at the production of optical components, offering machines with plasticizing unit components optimized for running transparent polymers and an overmolding process to create thick lenses. Called optimelt, the process starts with the production of a pre-molded part that is recoated with additional layers (usually of the same material) in one or more subsequent stages.

TPE resin prices, June 20-24: PE down $0.01-$0.03/lb; PP falls $0.02/lb; PE, PP contracts down in the same month for the first time in over a year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

Spot polyethylene prices slid $0.01-$0.03/lb, while polypropylene unwound another $0.02/lb, as the spot market remained under pressure. Offers accumulated and prices weakened as buyers chose to watch the market fall from a distance, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Contract buyers for both major commodity resins will see price decreases for June.

Automotive production hits new highs in Mexico

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

The Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry and its member companies are taking credit for the continued growth of the manufacturing industry in the country. Manufacturers in Mexico, both new and existing companies, are expanding operations across various sectors, but the growth is most notable for what the Association is calling "record-breaking numbers in auto production and vehicle exports."

Names in the News: Donnelly, Milacron, Wittmann Battenfeld, Rapid, Absolute Haitian, and Zhafir

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

We start this edition of Names in the News at custom injection molder Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, best known for its short run molding expertise. The processor, with about 220 employees at its facility in Alexandria, MN, has installed a Super Mold Maker 2500i vertical computer numerical control (CNC) milling machine, made by Mazak, to add more muscle to its internal molding and tooling engineering support.

PTI establishes independent closure testing lab

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

Packaging development and engineering service provider Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI; Holland, OH) has established what it believes may be the industry's first independent plastic and metal closure testing lab. The lab will offer processors and their customer a wide range of testing options for closures plus ones to test how the closures cap onto bottles.

New plastics processing study evidence of the “New Normal?” Time will tell

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 27th, 2011

Medical and packaging remain the places to be, though a good company earns money no matter its end-use market: those are among the points laid out now that the results of the most recent North American Plastics Industry Study have been tallied. The survey, organized and conducted by Plante & Moran PLLC's Plastics Group, offer plastics processors benchmarks against which they can grade themselves.

BOPP film with twice the barrier, but none of the PVdC coating

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 27th, 2011

Plastics processor Toray Plastics (America) Inc. has introduced two new films, both bi-oriented polypropylene, that it says beat other BOPP films on moisture vapor barrier performance. The improved performance does not come with a loss of transparency, so packaged goods' brand appeal is still strong.

Flexible plastics packaging: Rajoo sells its first 7-layer line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 27th, 2011

Indian extrusion systems manufacturer Rajoo is claiming multiple firsts with its recent sale and installation of a blown film system at Turkish processor Sahin Plastik ‐Vakum. The new blown film line is already up-and-running, processing about 240kg/hr of a barrier film.

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