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After breaking its production record, plastic tubing extruder adds floorspace

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 6th, 2011

German plastic tubing processor polyvanced set a new production record for the company in March 2011 as more than five million meters of tubing were produced at its production site in Ceská Lípa Czech Republic. With the prospects of new records to be set, the company is expanding its footprint to allow for more tube processing.

IHS acquires Chemical Market Associates Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2011

IHS Inc. (Englewood, CO) has acquired petrochemical consulting business, Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI; Houston), making the highly regarded analyst of chemicals and plastics markets its fifth acquisition through the first four months of 2011.

Plastics innovation contests, scholarship program offer pack a passel of prizes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2011

Two contests in progress in the plastics industry offer awards and more to the lucky winners. We've already reported on one of the award programs but have an update to add, and now a new one has been announced to help support industrial designers' ideas move from art to part. Plus, a scholarship program from DME is accepting applications from both students and professionals.

UPDATED: Ground Zero flag gets custom vibrational molded case

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2011

A patented vibrational molding process (VIM) will be used to create a handling and transport case for the so-called Ground Zero Flag, a 60-by-30-foot American flag flown over the ground zero site in lower Manhattan for more than two months during the rescue and recovery operations following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City.

Names in the news: IQMS, SPE, Dickten Masch, LyondellBasell, and Konarka

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2011

IQMS adds European staff; SPE names its president and officers for the coming year; Dickten Masch promotes two new VPs; LyondellBasell expands its board, and Konarka gets a new CTO.

New cast film grade stretches limits in cost and energy efficiency

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2011

Improved stiffness, the potential to improve line speeds considerably, and excellent mechanical properties are the claimed attributes of a new grade of LLDPE for cast film applications from Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

The Plastics Exchange wins $25 million investment from Q Lotus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2011

Plastics spot-trading platform and market intelligence firm, The Plastics Exchange, has signed off on a loan of up to $25 million from Q Lotus Holdings, with funding expected to close within 30 to 90 days. Brad Friedman, assistant VP of Q Lotus, told PlasticsToday that his firm views TPE as "innovators who emerged as the sole survivor of the plastics and petrochemical e-commerce efforts."

Injection molding: Engel expands in Germany

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2011

The year in progress is shaping up to be a banner one for Engel in Germany, its most important market, with record revenue expected there. As a result, the Austrian injection molding machine manufacturer is expanding, with new sales and service employees as well as an expanded footprint at the company's automation center in Hagen.

Plastics packaging: L’Oréal taps Plasticum for custom CLUBE tubes

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 4th, 2011

The global beauty care brand owner has bought a mold and installed it at Dutch processor Plasticum, which is using the tool to supply L'Oréal with bi-material injection molded plastic tubes that beat extruded ones for design and novelty.

The Hedging Corner: Plastics and oil, inextricably linked

By Tom Langan
Published: May 3rd, 2011

The transparency and, therefore, fairness of resins prices in physical (i.e. cash) markets is a top concern among processors. Most other commodity markets are far more transparent than resins. Finding current prices for energy, metals, grains, etc. is primarily a matter of checking the futures markets in those commodities.

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