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Organic polymers mimic inorganic semiconductors for plastic electronics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2011

An Iowa State chemist is researching organic polymers that mimic the properties of traditional inorganic semiconductors potentially making 'plastics electronics' applicable in applications like organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and thin-film transistors.

One massive party, one million bioplastic cups

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2011

Plastic and paper packaging processor Huhtamaki has been processing the Ingeo brand of polylactic acid-based bioplastics for almost 10 years, giving it a solid record of orders, but rare is the single event where more than a million cups have been needed.

New drives and motors help breathe new life into 30-yr old extrusion line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2011

If money were no object, then most of us would opt to buy new. But money matters, plenty, so sometimes we need to reuse and refurbish. That was the case for flexible plastic films processor/converter Amgraph, which had a 75-feet (23m) long Black-Clawson two-station extrusion laminator it wanted to upgrade to meet new customer requirements.

Hope springs eternal in AMBA's spring survey

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 28th, 2011

Business continues to grow, and that's fueling optimism in the economy, according to the American Mold Builders Assn. Spring 2011 quarterly survey of its members. Survey respondents reporting that current business conditions are Excellent rose a full 5 percentage points to 20%, from the 15% reporting excellent business conditions in the Winter 2011 survey. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that respondents have indicated current business conditions are excellent.

Dow reconfigures plastics portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 28th, 2011

Dow Chemical discussed its attempt at "reshaping [its] plastics portfolio for long-term success" in its first-quarter 2011 earnings report, saying that it will pursue an end-market orientation for the business, targeting packaging, hygiene/medical, elastomers, and electrical and telecommunications.

ExxonMobil’s plastics business banks record earnings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 28th, 2011

Describing the first three months of 2011 as a "period of strong commodity prices", ExxonMobil reported that its first quarter earnings were up 69% to $10.7 billion, boosted in part by record chemical performance, which includes the company's elastomers and polyolefins offerings.

New products, markets, momentum at ACS Group

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 28th, 2011

Nearly two years removed from its last open house, auxiliary equipment supplier ACS Group hosted trade press at its New Berlin, WI assembly and manufacturing plant, highlighting how in the intervening years the company weathered 2009's recession and rebounded strongly in 2010, with 2011 off to a fast start as well.

W&H hits milestone with machine for interpack

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 28th, 2011

At the giant interpack packaging show this month, packaging machinery manufacturer Windmoeller & Hoelscher will display a milestone machine, the 750th form/fill/seal unit from the company. The show line, which has been sold to Dutch logistics company Katoen Natie (KTN), will be the newest version of the established Topas F/F/S units in that it can move under "silos" so that goods to be packed are discharged (filled) directly into containers before sealing.

ACH taps Engel for trio of automotive lens molding cells

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 28th, 2011

Bulking up its capacity for automotive lens production is Automotive Components Holdings LLC (ACH), which just installed three new injection molding systems from Engel to help ACH promote fully automated production of multicolored, automotive taillight lenses.

Editorial: Getting past the “lazy kids with bad attitudes pose huge challenge for the plastics industry” talk

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 27th, 2011

Of course they do pose a huge challenge because as we all know, the next generation is truly lazy and stupid, even more so than we were in the eyes of our parents and they were in the eyes of our grandparents.

So, it's good to get that bit of nonsense out of the way. The youngsters generally have a different outlook on things anyway, thank goodness. Just for the sake of argument, let's assume the kids in school now, soon to graduate and enter the working world, are neither particularly dumb nor particularly lazy.

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