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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.

Purchasing advice: The 500-mile rule, or “You ship molds and parts HOW far?”

By Bill Tobin
Published: June 27th, 2011

There is no turning back the clock on the global nature of the logistics business, but that does not mean that every transaction you conduct requires a global sourcing plan. In fact, argues injection molding consultant Bill Tobin in this article, you can get pretty much everything you need within 500 miles of your facility, and save money and trouble doing it too.

Plastics industry M&A gathers steam in ‘11

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 27th, 2011

The outlook for mergers and acquisitions in the plastics industry remains strong throughout the remainder of 2011. Prices being paid for mid-sized plastics processors and other companies in the industry have increased, and with them the number of processor owners willing to consider a sale also has climbed higher.

Evonik divests impact modifier, plastisol businesses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 26th, 2011

Evonik (Hanau, Germany) has reached an agreement to sell its acrylate-based plastic additives and plastisols businesses to Japan's Kaneka (Osaka). The deal includes two production plants in Wesseling, Germany.
The transaction will affect some 30 employees at the Wesseling site, who will be offered continued employment by the new owner, and is pending approval by the anti-trust authorities. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the selling price.

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).

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