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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.

M&A news: Cretex acquires Pacific Plastics & Engineering

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2011

Cretex, a privately held, diversified manufacturing company that owns companies in the metalworking and contract manufacturing space, has expanded its plastics portfolio with the acquisition of Pacific Plastics & Engineering. PPE is a contract manufacturer of injection molded, assembled and packaged devices for the medical and bio-tech markets.

The Hedging Corner: It’s All About Margin – Part II

By Tom Langan
Published: May 24th, 2011

To hedge or not to hedge: is that a question if your profit margin is at risk?

For strategic or competitive reasons, if you can't or don't want to pass along higher commodities' costs (resins, fuel, metals, etc.) to your customers, what are your reasons for not hedging or for hedging fearfully? Is it preferable to be in a product price-increase quandary like P&G, Unilever, and Colgate-Palmolive? [Missed "It's all about the margin, Part I"? Read it here.]

By Design: An expensive over-design

By Glenn Beall
Published: May 24th, 2011

If you know how to use it, injection molding is an ideal process for packaging applications. Packaging is the largest single market for plastics, and it is and will continue to be a major market for injection molding. According to Plastics Custom Research Services' 2001 report entitled "Injection Molding: Emerging Strategies for Growth, Development - and Survival," there were 359 injection molding companies engaged in the packaging, closure, and container business.

Polystyrene prices fall in Europe and Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

According to plastics pricing service ChemOrbis, styrene prices are dropping in Europe and Asia, offering some respite to processors of styrenics-based plastics. In Europe, spot styrene prices have fallen $115/ton (€80/ton) on an FOB NWE basis since the beginning of May, with about half of that drop for this monomer seen in just the past week.

Names in the News: Rocheleau Tool & Die, Graham Engineering, Plastec USA, Pallmann, Galata, Exopack, Reifenhauser, and Engel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

Awards, promotions, partnerships, expansions, machinery sales and a medical symposium: it remains a very dynamic industry. Blowmolding machinery manufacturer Rocheleau Tool & Die, founded in 1938 and in its third generation of ownership by the Rocheleau family, was awarded the Ambassador's Award by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts' International Business Council (AIM-IBC) at the AIM-IBC annual meeting this month.

Material Thoughts: Doctor, can you PEEK into my mouth?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

In this Material Thoughts roundup of recent developments in plastics, fillers and additives, we report on the use of PEEK in dental implants, RTP's conductive compound charging a customer's application, a new Struktol lubricant for polyamides, and the introduction of Oxsoft, a range of phthalate-free and non-VOC plasticizers.

Where are resin prices headed?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

Spotted at the recent Chinaplas show were the results of a straw poll of sales reps at a leading Japanese trading house predicting where the China polyolefins market would find itself in July.

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Straw poll on paper predicts high LDPE prices in July.

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