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Netstal targets dairy in Brazil with overmolded PET tech

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 11th, 2011

Netstal is aiming to chip away at the dominance of coated-paper cartons in the Brazilian dairy market, with plans to install its two-layer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preform technology in the South American country by the end of the year. Italo Zavaglia, who works for Netstal in Brazil, noted that a PET-based system for milk would be more recyclable, and while there is a higher initial investment for its preform technology, there are not the down-the-line royalties paid when utilizing some other systems.

CMAI holds inaugural Latin American plastics, petrochemical conference

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 11th, 2011

Less than one week after its acquisition by IHS was announced, Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI; Houston) undertook its first "grass roots" event in South America, topping its own top-end expectations for attendance by 20%, according to Howard Rappaport, global plastics leader, thermoplastics for CMAI.

JJI granted European patent for fully recyclable computer housing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 11th, 2011

According to the company, the patent covers a specially formulated polypropylene compound using proprietary non-halogent flame retardant technology that it says is ideally suited for injection molding recyclable plastic computer housings and constructions boards.  

Talent Talk: PlasticsToday’s Weekly Jobs and Business Blog

By Paul Sturgeon
Published: May 11th, 2011

This week's Talent Talk picks up where we left off last week, looking at what you as an employee should be doing now to manage your own career. To recap, your future earnings are probably your greatest asset unless you are within 10 years of retirement. You should keep your resume current, including information on the successful projects you work on, recognitions you receive, and the like. Also, be honest in evaluating your current situation.

KraussMaffei and Netstal to combine Brazilian operations as business there continues to grow

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 10th, 2011

São Paulo-KraussMaffei and Netstal will combine their Brazilian operations under a new business entity, KraussMaffei Group do Brasil, effective this October with the start of their new fiscal year. The companies announced the move at Brasilplast, where Netstal and KraussMaffei operated separate booths, but in two year's time at the next Brasilplast, the companies said they would share a single stand. Their local operations have already been working together since June.

Plastic horseshoes win, place and show

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2011

If you're at the track and you see a horse wearing colored horseshoes, you can do your part to support the plastics industry by placing a wager on it. Not only that: according to the supplier, these new horseshoes offer their equine wearers improved traction, increased comfort, an improved gait and faster running speeds, among other positive attributes. If it's all true, then your bet may actually pay off.

Market Snaphot: Eyeing trends in luxury packaging

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 10th, 2011

Processors who want to lead in this market require creativity and flair as brand owners seek distinctive and innovative solutions to capture consumers' desire for high-end products.

Names in the News: Changes at Bayer, a PlastiComp promotion and an honor for ADS retiree

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2011

Bayer is reshuffling execs in a bid to keep its booming business in China rolling along, including naming a new head to its global polycarbonates business, while one of compounder PlastiComp’s employees gets a promotion and a former employee at pipe processor ADS is honored for his life’s work.

The Hedging Corner: Crude oil drives resin prices -- more evidence

By Tom Langan
Published: May 10th, 2011

As discussed in last week's Hedging Corner, price transparency and price fairness are concerns among plastics processors and anyone else who buys plastics. How do you know the over-the-counter (OTC) offer is fair and reasonable if you don't have an unbiased price gauge to compare it to like buyers of other commodities?

MedPlast adds silicone extrusion to its quiver

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 10th, 2011

Only recently did custom injection molder MedPlast Group add extrusion blowmolding to its slate, and now the company has added another process, this time silicone extrusion, to those it tackles for its customers.

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