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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.

Green light for Johnson Controls' seat acquisitions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

Johnson Controls, Inc., (Milwaukee, WI), has received approval from European Commission anti-trust authorities to proceed with its acquisition of seat recliner systems maker Keiper and custom seat manufacturer Recaro Automotive (both Kaiserslautern, Germany). The acquisition was announced on January 3, 2011.

Processor inks agreement to guarantee carbon fiber supply

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

Carbon fiber supply agreements aren't just for German carmakers. Composite plastics processor TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a five-year supply agreement with Toray Industries to guarantee the processor's supply of carbon fiber.

Product Watch: Injection molding tools of the trade

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

In this iteration of Product Watch we look at a new range of bushings from Hasco, Sulzer's new mixing nozzle for residence time-critical plastics, and a new tool to help processors measure color on their parts.

Names in the News: IDES, Wittmann Battenfeld, Beaumont Tech. and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

Happy 25th birthday to IDES, the Web-based database of plastics data sheets. Wittmann Battenfeld has a new boss in Denmark, Kreyenborg expands its HQ and Zenith Cutter is acquired. Congrats to Beaumont Technologies, now a Certified Expert Moldflow Insight Consultant.

Hybrid, electric vehicle market drives demand for specialty plastics

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 20th, 2011

Twenty percent per annum growth in the global hybrid vehicle market will boost demand for various components incorporating plastics, according to a report from Japan's Fuji Chimera Research Institute (Tokyo).

Running with the Big Dogs

By Bill Tobin
Published: June 20th, 2011

I recently had a client phone me as happy as a kid at Christmas. He had an in-house product that was selling well, and he was about ready to be picked up by one of the Very Big Box discount stores (the Big Dogs). He asked me if I could do a capacity analysis to see if he could compound enough material and would he have the molding capacity to keep up with the demands of this giant.

I'm all for successful projects, but when someone offers you the opportunity to increase your annual sales by 30% with the addition of one client, it is always a mixed blessing.

TPE resin prices, June 13-17: PE and PP shed $0.01-$0.03/lb: PP $0.17/lb off its May peak

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 20th, 2011

Spot polyethylene fell again last week, dropping $0.01-$0.03/lb, while polypropylene prices shed another $0.03/lb. The Plastics Exchange (TPE) said the spot resin markets saw another week of heightened trading activity, with a consistent flow of lower priced offers prompting processors to step in and buy. The complete implementation of the $0.05/lb polyethylene price increase is unlikely, but a reduced increase of $0.03/lb for high-density PE is still possible.

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