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High EVA pricing may drive adoption of alternative materials

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 26th, 2011

The booming solar encapsulant film market has prompted one Taiwanese supplier to cease manufacturing foam grades for footwear altogether and instead focus 1500 tonnes/month of its capacity on this application alone. The supplier in question, USI Corp. (Taipei) has now outsourced footwear grade production to sister company Asia Polymer Corp. (Taipei).

Niigata bullish on China market; sets up Shanghai office

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 26th, 2011

Japanese injection machine builders were thin on the ground at the Chinaplas trade show, reportedly now preferring the DMP Global Industrial Fair in Dongguan this December that enjoys official support from the Japan Plastics Machinery Industry Association. One vendor with a presence ay Chinaplas, however, was Niigata Machine Techno (Saitama), in part to promote the opening of its Shanghai office and service center last December.

Product Watch: Conair, Davis-Standard, Hasco

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 26th, 2011

Injection molders stand to benefit from new products recently introduced including temperature control units from Conair and a Universal needle valve unit from Hasco. Extrusion systems manufacturer Davis-Standard, meanwhile, reports on a customer pleased with its HDPE recycling systems.

First machine from Chen Hsong-Mitsubishi alliance to debut H2/2011

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 26th, 2011

Chen Hsong and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology (Nagoya, Japan) will deliver the first fruits of their previously announced technical collaboration in the form of the first MMX large two-platen injection machine, due to be shipped in the second half of this year.

Calendar update: PSU injection molding conference, TAPPI’s flex pack conference, and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 25th, 2011

The year after the K show traditionally is a very busy one on the plastics industry's events calendar, and 2011 is shaping up to be one of the busier in recent memory. Here is a brief update on five events-one in the U.S., two in Europe and two in your very own office- that we've attended in the past and can vouch for their worth.

Medical uptick prompts moldmaker Zahoransky move; continued growth in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 25th, 2011

Automation systems supplier and injection mold manufacturer Zahoransky Group is moving its 200-employee moldmaking business unit to a new facility in Freiburg, about 12 miles from its current location in Eichstetten, Germany. The company says the move is necessary to provide space for predicted growth as the moldmaker's sales, especially for injection molds for medical applications, continue to grow.

New machine tool control technology guarantees 100% improvement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2011

If you could double the feed rate on your machine tools, especially when cutting metal for complex molds, and increase cutting tool life by a guaranteed 50% or more, would that make you a more competitive mold manufacturer or toolmaker? Assuming the answer is yes, then read on for word on an established but still-new technology called constant velocity controllers.

TPE resin pricing May 16-20: Pricing relief, PE down $0.01/lb, PP slips $0.04/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2011

Spot resin trading activity remained a bit slow, with a below average volume of transactions completed last week as resin prices moved lower. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange, reported that this was the case in spite of good material availability, making demand disappointing and putting resin prices under pressure. Some processors, sensing pricing weakness, have limited purchases to an as-needed basis.

Fill ‘er up, with plastics scrap

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2011

If the U.S. recovered the energy from its non-recycled plastic by converting these materials into fuel, it could generate enough for the equivalent of 6 million cars annually. That finding released by the American Chemistry Council from a study conducted for it by 4R Sustainability Inc. on increasing opportunities for plastics-to-fuel "conversion technologies".

Green plastics growth spurt, global bioplastics capacity to double by 2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2011

Global bioplastics production capacity will more than double from 2010 to 2015, with capacity already forecast to exceed 1 million tonnes in 2011, propelled by the expansion of bioplastics into an ever-increasing number of applications, ranging from packaging to automotive to toys. Stating that "bioplastics are in demand as never before," the study was presented at interpack by the European Bioplastics association, working in conjunction with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Hanover.

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