Lindal Group increases Brazil production capacity

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 13th, 2012

The Lindal Group plans to more than double the size of its São Paulo, Brazil-based facility, in response to continued growth in the regional consumer products market. The company specializes in the development and manufacture of valves, actuators and spray caps for aerosol products within the cosmetics, household, pharmaceutical, food and technical industries.

Portable x-ray producer reshores molding as output surges

By Doug Smock
Published: June 13th, 2012

The producer of an award-winning portable dental x-ray device has moved all injection molding to the United States from China to improve communications as it rapidly expands output.

"We had started out molding off shore in China, but due to the logistics, communication concerns and the time delay to respond to mold changes or repairs, we have moved all molding to the U.S. for convenience to meet deadlines and eliminate the shipping cost of overseas operations," Gar Hendry, manufacturing engineering manager for Aribex (Orem, UT), told PlasticsToday.

DOE sponsors plastic, carbon fiber research

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 13th, 2012

As part of the Obama Administration's blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Energy Department (DOE; Washington, DC) has announced investments that support American leadership and global competiveness in manufacturing, including some plastics-related research.

Saudi PP compound venture beckons for Schulman

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 12th, 2012

Starting 2014, polypropylene compounds will be manufactured in Saudi Arabia at a joint venture of A. Schulman (Akron, OH) and National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).

Doyle promoted to president of Conair

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 12th, 2012

Larry Doyle has been promoted to president of Conair, replacing Chris Keller, who held that position while also serving as president and CEO of Conair's parent company, International Plastics Equipment Group (IPEG; Franklin, PA).

Plastic packaging recycling across Canada increases by 15%

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 12th, 2012

A new report claims an additional 15% of plastic packaging was recycled in 2010 compared to 2009 across Canada.

The report, conducted by Moore Recycling Associates, stated more than 217 million kilograms of post-consumer plastic packaging were collected for recycling in Canada.

TPE resin prices, June 4-8; PE, PP down $0.02/lb; May contracts down $0.07/lb for PE, $0.10/lb for PP

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 12th, 2012

Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) spot prices both shed another $0.02/lb as lower feedstock costs continue to make their way downstream to resins. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that purchasing activity has been better at the start of June, as buyers in need of materials welcomed the lower prices with orders.

Polypropylene takes center stage in medical market

By Doug Smock
Published: June 12th, 2012

Polypropylene is one of the materials moving to the front lines in the battle to find more cost effective and environmentally friendly medical applications.

Novel injection molding process from Mecaplast could cut car part weights in half

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 11th, 2012

Leading automotive plastics component supplier Mecaplast (Monaco) believes it can cut the weight of interior and exterior trim parts by between 30% and 50% by using a newly patented injection molding processing technology in combination with novel polypropylene compounds.

UK students plant plastic to reduce waste

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 11th, 2012

Polystyrene is a strong plastic, which can be injected, extruded or blowmolded.

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