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And the IMDA goes to….Inmold decoration honored

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 21st, 2011

The fifth annual parts competition sponsored by the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA), yielded some deserving winners. The parts competition gave awards to both IMD and IML (In-mold Label) entrants. "The 2011 IMDA Awards Competition honors the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold decorated durable products," said Ron Schultz, Executive Director of the IMDA. The IMLCON & IMDCON events were held Nov. 16-18, 2011, in Phoenix.

3D Systems buys Z Corp.

By Doug Smock
Published: November 21st, 2011

In a major development in additive manufacturing, rapidly growing 3D Systems is acquiring Z Corp. (Burlington, MA), an MIT-licensee that is the leader in multi-color inkjet 3D printing.

Personal tragedy leads to 'smarter' bag management

By Doug Smock
Published: November 21st, 2011

In  2005, Christopher Bryant passed away from a blood infection called sepsis that was a result of ulcers caused by a urine bag overflow in his hospital bed-a problem that could have been avoided with smarter technology.

His father Ty Bryant invented  the iBag System to avoid those kinds of needless deaths.

Evonik doubles acrylic molding compound capacity in Shanghai

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 20th, 2011

The last quarter of 2011 has seen phase-two expansion of Evonik's PMMA plant in Shanghai completed and put online, thereby doubling the supplier's regional manufacturing capacity for molding compounds made of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) to around 40,000 tonnes per annum.

This latest expansion of the PMMA plant also makes accommodations for growing demand in Europe as it helps to better secure supply availability of Plexiglas molding compounds for customers outside of Asia.

Nypro expands its medical footprint

By Doug Smock
Published: November 20th, 2011

Nypro is expanding its Asheville, NC plant for the second time in 12 months as demand grows for molded healthcare products.

Turning Japanese: Wall-to-Wall IPF

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 18th, 2011

A technology tour de force, Japan's triennial International Plastics Fair (IPF) packs oodles of cutting-edge plastics processing into its week-long run. PlasticsToday's Stephen Moore roamed the halls of the Makuhari Messe from October 25-29 for those who weren't among the 43,475 visitors who trekked to Chiba City to see the more than 700 exhibitors.

The more things change...

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 18th, 2011

As many changes as the plastics industry has gone through over the decade-plus I've covered it, I'd wager that journalism, and the entire publishing industry for that matter, have endured even more. I started work with Injection Molding Magazine in October 2000, new to plastics and magazine publishing, having come from a newspaper where I reported on local sports, high school athletics mostly, writing up that year's state tennis championships on Friday before starting at IMM on the following Monday.

Medical Musings: A winning formula for US molders

By Doug Smock
Published: November 18th, 2011

Two to three years ago, the plastics processing landscape in the United States appeared to be a shambles, with almost weekly announcements of liquidations and equipment auctions. Some prognosticators even left a feeling that manufacturing in general had no future in the USA.

Business is far from booming now, but the mood is very different.

Spectrum Plastics forecasts double-digit growth

By Doug Smock
Published: November 17th, 2011

Spectrum Plastics Group (SPG) is bringing on line more than 13,000 square feet of new clean room space in a doubling of its capacity for the healthcare market.

IPF show: Mold shop peak power requirement slashed

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 17th, 2011

Reduction of peak power in a processing shop can contribute to lower investment costs for transformers and other supply infrastructure as well as lower basic electricity charges in some countries. With this in mind, The Japan Steel Works (JSW, Tokyo) presented a prototype device at the recent IPF show in Japan that more than halved the peak energy requirement of a 1370-kN J140AD-180H machine operating on the show floor.

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