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Feng Ping makes push into automotive and two-shot molds, molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Shortly after expanding into the adjacent mirror-image warehouse, China-based American-owned injection molder and moldmaker Feng Ping (Feng Gang, China) has also expanded the markets it serves and process technologies it offers, winning multiple customers in automotive and adding two-shot injection molding and moldmaking.

Quarterly MAPI report adjusts 2011 projections downward

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 3rd, 2011

In its quarterly economic forecast released on May 19, the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 2.7% in 2011 and by 2.9% in 2012. The 2011 forecast represents a downgrade over the previously estimated 3.2% growth. The 2012 forecast is also down slightly from the 3% growth anticipated in the February 2011 quarterly report.

Roberts, Milacron make push for predictive machinery maintenance

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Hired into a newly created position in October of last year as president of Americas Aftermarket Service for Milacron Plastics Technologies Group LLC (Batavia, OH), Dean Roberts describes his portion of the plastic machinery equipment manufacturer's business as entailing "the customer experience", and ultimately, being about a lot more than spare parts.

Blowmolding roundup: News from Magplastic, Krones and Graham Engineering Corp.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Three blowmolding machinery suppliers, three different items to report: Magplastic has developed a stretch blowmolding machine versatile enough to form bottle sized from 40ml to 2 liters. Krones makes SBMs too but its announcement regards a new secondary packaging option to help consumers carry stretch blowmolded PET bottles while also saving on plastic consumption. From the extrusion blowmolding world there is Graham Engineering sharing news of a sale of an accu head machine to Ireland.

As demand in China stalls, LLDPE film grade prices head south

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Poor demand from China is leading to an increase in the supply of linear low-density polyethylene supply in other markets, many already sitting on their own oversupply, so that prices for the material are dropping.

Automatic leak testers make light work of plastic fuel tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

A helium leak test system, already established in Japan, is being introduced to North America by FlexControl Solutions LLC, the North American partner of the system's OEM, Yamaha Fine Technologies. Four of the systems already will be installed this summer at the Yazaki facility in Gainesville, Georgia.

Track plastics packaging with tracer-loaded masterbatch

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

A new breed of masterbatch has been designed to help OEMs, brand owners and others track their goods to help resolve security, counterfeiting, liability and other issues, even at the retail store level. Filled with molecular tracers, the masterbatches can be used in both rigid and flexible plastic packaging applications.

Sonoco heralds metalized plastic film, without de-metallization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

 

Plastics processor Sonoco Plastics says it has developed a new printing process to add a metalized mirror-like surface to flexible plastics packaging, without the need to spend money and time on de-metallization. Branding the process Mirrorink, the company hopes its customers will choose it to help attract consumers' attention while also reaping cost savings, improved environmental sustainability and increased speed to market.

China high on Merquinsa agenda

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2011

Specialty thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) supplier Merquinsa (Barcelona, Spain) has opened its first office in China to provide TPU product training, application development and technical sales & marketing support to local users. The Guangzhou operation is headed up by technical sales manager Stephen Xu.

U.S. manufacturing economy heading in the wrong direction

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2011

While the numbers look okay, the trend is definitely showing that manufacturing is slowing down, giving rise to fears of the dreaded "double-dip" recession.

While the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) shows May's numbers remained on the "growing" side of the benchmark, manufacturing definitely slid towards contraction, with May's figures marking the worst slide since 1984.

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