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Onex sells Husky to Berkshire, Canadian pension fund

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2011

For the second time in less than four years, Husky Injection Molding Systems has been sold, once again shifting ownership after the company spent more than half a century under its former owner and founder, Robert Schad.

Ethane advantage lifts LyondellBasell’s first-quarter polyolefins business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2011

Polyolefin giant LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, Netherlands) saw its first-quarter 2011 EBITDA shoot up 84% over the previous quarter and 119% from the year-ago quarter, citing expanded margins. The company booked net income of $660 million off sales of $12.3 billion, which were up 15% from the previous quarter. 

Cereplast to build new bioplastics manufacturing plant in Italy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2011

Sustainable plastics manufacturer Cereplast (El Segundo, CA) will establish a 100,000 tons/yr bioplastics manufacturing plant in Italy, bringing production into the region that generates 85% of its business. The eventual 100,000 tons (220 million lb) of capacity will be built out in several phases, with 50,000 tons of initial production expected to start up in late-2012. The second 50,000-ton phase is planned to begin in mid-2013, based on market demand.

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.

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