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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.

Skydex’s twin-sheet thermoformed TPU sheet sets up shop in Kabul

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

The company's technology has been so effective and the need so great that Skydex Technologies (Centennial, CO), which outfits soldiers with protective products made from twin-sheet thermoformed thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs), has opened a regional marketing and sales office in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skydex has formed a partnership with Parks Global Solutions LLC (PGS) in Kabul to better supply its impact mitigation, blast-limiting, and vibration-attenuation products for military and commercial applications.

Active packaging plus layer multiplier equals film with immeasurable performance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Active packaging and microlayer extrusion come together in the new "active microlayer" film technology where layer multiplication is applied not only to the barrier polymer but also to active components such as oxygen absorbers or desiccants.

TPE resin pricing, April 18-22: PE, PP up $0.01/lb; April contracts jump $0.06 and $0.15/lb respectively; branded prime PP $1-plus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Polyethylene (PE) buyers confirmed a $0.06/lb rise in April contracts, while most polypropylene (PP) buyers endured a $0.15/lb jump, as rising energy and feedstock prices worked their way through to resin contracts. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange noted that resin market activity slowed some from the fervent pace seen during the first half of the month, but resin prices resumed their upward trek amid light spot offerings and continuously rising energy and feedstock costs.

Talent Talk: PlasticsToday's weekly jobs and business blog

By Paul Sturgeon
Published: April 26th, 2011

Warning: Reader discretion advised. Some readers may find this blog objectionable, because it highlights certain positive elements of the economy. If good news doesn't fit with your perceptions of reality, then you should stop reading now.

Bioplastics supplier Solegear enlists compounders in U.S. to expand market presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Canadian bioplastics developer and supplier Solegear has enlisted two plastics compounders, one each in California and Georgia, to help support production of its Polysole brand of bioplastics and Traverse brand of bioplastic-based composites.

The Hedging Corner: Wary about hedging the cost of your resins? You’re in good company

By Tom Langan
Published: April 26th, 2011

Resins comprise roughly half the cost of manufacturing plastics products, so it's smart business to control resins costs. Hedging is and should be an integral part of commodity cost control, resins included.

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