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Material Thoughts: PolyOne in packaging, Victrex in Japan, Evonik in Europe, PP vs. PVC and bioplastics in TPVs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 30th, 2011

This iteration of Material Thoughts, our look at recent developments in plastics, compounds and additives, considers a new fatty food-approved TPE from PolyOne, two small news items regarding PEEK, why a PP compound may be able to replace PVC in some applications, and a new project to develop TPVs based largely on renewable resource materials.

China processing machinery production at record levels; import share declines

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 29th, 2011

Production of plastics processing machinery in 2010 was valued at just over RMB40 billion ($5.9 billion) according to the China Plastics Machinery Industry Association (CPMIA). Of this, exports were valued at just short of RMB6 billion ($885 million).

Haitian sees 2010 sales skyrocket; sets up Vietnamese plant

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 29th, 2011

Leading Chinese injection machine builder Haitian (Ningbo) recorded revenue of RMB7057.3 million ($1041.4 million) in 2010 representing an 82.8% jump over 2009. The vendor also more than doubled its net profit to RMB1,062.6 million ($151.5 million).

Brasilplast takes its place alongside plastics global events

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2011

With its 2011 edition completed, organizers of the biennial Brasilplast event say the show is truly a global event now and can stand alongside Germany's K, China's Chinaplas, America's NPE, and Italy's Plast.

Impact modifier gives PC/ABS a flow and property boost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2011

A new acrylic impact modifier boosts impact strength and flowability in PC/ABS and other select PC formulations, helping the alloys fend off increasing competition from compounded TPOs and PPs. Arkema's (Philadelphia, PA) Durastrength 410 is the second additive in the Durastrength acrylic impact modifier family, joining Durastrength 410, which launched several years ago, with the newest addition already commercially applied.

Stop giving away free parts…

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2011

...but also be able to carefully document that you sent all of the ones for which you contracted: that is the message behind a free webinar produced by weighing instruments manufacturer Mettler Toledo. The on-demand webinar series, entitled "Best Practices in Piece Counting," covers the basics of scale-based piece-counting and also addresses factors that affect piece-counting accuracy so manufacturers achieve heightened quality control, conserve raw and manufactured materials, and protect their profit margins.

Names in the News: Mack Molding, Nyloncraft and Engel, Husky, Material ConneXion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2011

Contract injection molder Mack Molding is recognized for manufacturing leadership as is ERP supplier IQMS. Nyloncraft adds two new Engels to its stable, Material ConneXion has big plans for China, and Husky completes its acquisition of moldmaker KTW.

Small company punches above its weight on international stage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 27th, 2011

You don't have to be a large company to have a global presence, as blowmolding machinery manufacturer Rocheleau Tool & Die discovered as a recipient of a Global Trade Award at the annual meeting of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts' International Business Council. Cathy Rocheleau shared with PlasticsToday tips for international success that any company, small or large, would be wise to heed.

Milacron exhibits new technology, renewed confidence at open house

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 26th, 2011

"We're back." That's the distilled message Dave Lawrence, Milacron LLC's president of worldwide plastics and DME, has for the plastics industry nearly two years after the company exited a bankruptcy reorganization, and the plastics sector bottomed out in synch with the global economy.

Plastic supply news: BASF plans massive new TDI train

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 26th, 2011

Good news on the supply side for processors of polyurethane as chemicals and plastics supplier BASF has announced it will build the world's largest single-train TDI (toluene diisocyanate) plant in Europe. When ready in 2014 the plant will have a capacity of 300,000 tonnes per year. TDI and methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) are key components mixed to create polyurethane.

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