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DuPont names global automotive industry director

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 15th, 2011

Christopher S. Murphy has been named DuPont (Wilmington, DE) global automotive industry director to further facilitate industry collaboration aimed at reducing dependence on fossil fuels and lowering emissions.

Murphy, who recently held a similar position in the Americas, is charged to lead global account teams across the 13 DuPont businesses and to connect with customers and industry associations as a means of accelerating innovations.

LPG-powered vehicle turns to PPA resin for fuel rail

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2011

Ford Australia's new EcoLPi Falcon model boasts next-generation liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) technology which delivers impressive fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. The EcoLPi system's in-line six-cylinder engine features a thermoplastic fuel rail made of Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA (Alpharetta, GA)

Dynomax eyes medical growth with new equipment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2011

Dynomax (Wheeling, IL) is boosting capacity to meet demand from the growing medical device market.

Investments include all-electric injection and insert molding machines employing 6-axis robots for repeatability of plus or minus 0.0001 inches, and micro injection units with 0.6 oz. shot sizes for near 100% accuracy and repeatability.

U.S. plastics industry shows resilience over last five years

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 15th, 2011

Even as the number of people employed by the plastics industry in the U.S. declined by roughly 24% from 2005 through 2010, the total value of shipments from the sector rose by nearly one billion dollars, climbing from $301.1 billion to $302 billion, a testament to greater processor efficiency via productivity gains.

Green Matter: Good [Green] Tidings We Bring

By Karen Laird
Published: December 14th, 2011

In the late nineties, when DSM developed a castor oil based polyamide, the company quietly shelved the project, seeing little potential in the new plastic. And in 2000, when DuPont Chairman & CEO Charles O. Holliday Jr., first announced goals for DuPont to derive 25% of its revenue from renewable resources by 2010, the industry snickered.

Sustainability as economic driver; bioplastics in full bloom

By Karen Laird
Published: December 14th, 2011

In its recently published study on the bioplastics industry, market research institute Ceresana predicts that global bioplastic revenues will exceed $2.8 billion by 2018; an average annual growth rate of 17. 8%.  Strong growth will be seen particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and in South America.

TPE resin prices, Dec. 5-9: PE up $0.02/lb: PP rises $0.01/lb; Producer inventories wane, pricing power shifts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2011

Spot resin trading activity and prices picked up last week, after a slow start to December. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that asking prices for fresh railcars were priced higher and there were fewer competitive offers made available by distributors and traders as their inventories diminished. While the actual number of spot offers increased, TPE said current supplies are well below that which was available during the past two months.

Manufacturing technology orders up 80.5% from 2010

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 13th, 2011

It looks like 2011 has been a good year for machine tool manufacturers; how good; year-to-date sales total of $4.520 billion is up 80.5% compared with 2010. The recent data released this week from the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Assn. (AMTDA), show that October U.S. manufacturing technology totaled $463.32 million.

North American plastics industry sees a jump in profits

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 13th, 2011

For most processors, 2011 has been relatively good year. The Plante & Moran LLP survey results, which provided updated information through September 2011, show that year-over-year adjustments to productivity as measured by value-add per employee, the equipment utilization percentage, and gross profit margins remained consistent for the most part.

Songwon acquires German additive manufacturer ATG

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 13th, 2011

Songwon Industrial Group has acquired Additives Technology Greiz (ATG), a German maker of One Pack Systems (OPS) products, which combine several additives into an integrated dust-free pellet.

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