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Plastics supply news: Bayer boosting PC capacity in Europe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Bayer MaterialScience has announced its intent to spend about €90 million to boost the company's polycarbonate capacity in Europe. The investment eventually will bring total annual capacity of its plant in Uerdingen, Germany to 400,000 tons, about 70 kilotonnes more than at present.

New plastic under development for B&C industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Total Petrochemicals is working on a new type of expandable polystyrene that it will offer to the building and construction industry. The new material should be ready for commercial sales in 2013.

Total Petrochemicals' research team has developed the new plastic's formulation and production technology, and says the material will offer technical and insulating properties significantly better than those of conventional white EPS.

Material Thoughts: Additive for PC/ABS, pipe liner technology, Teijin’s film ops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2011

In this Material Thoughts article we detail a new additive from Arkema for processing of PC/ABS, Evonik's work with PA12 as a pipe liner solution, and Teijin's reopening of a PET film plant it closed following the earthquake in Japan on March 11.

From Arkema Inc. (Philadelphia) comes a new additive, Durastrength 410, an impact modifier that the supplier says brings good impact strength and improved flow to PC/ABS and other select polycarbonate compounds.

Reko retools moldmaking operations

By IMM Staff
Published: April 29th, 2011

Reko International Group Inc. (Windsor, ON) will close seven plants in Oldcastle, ON in a bid to improve the profitability of its injection moldbuilding business. Injection toolmaking operations will all be consolidated into Reko's Lakeshore factory automation facility. The ultimate goal of the restructuring is to place greater emphasis on Reko's custom machining operations, reduce fixed costs, and eliminate excess capacity.

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.

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