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Entek rides momentum of record 2010 into 2011

By MPW Staff
Published: April 22nd, 2011

Entek Extruders (Lebanon, OR) has boosted its headcount by 40% since March 2010 as sales in all its businesses, including twin-screw extruders and replacement wear parts, were "dramatically" higher than in 2009. John Effmann, director of sales and marketing, told PlasticsToday that Entek's staffing levels now exceed pre-recession levels, and the momentum that started in last year has carried into 2011 as well.

Birth of a bioplastic icon?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 22nd, 2011

A 29-year-old graphic design student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky was awarded $25,000 for a design that sustainable resin supplier Cereplast hopes will become  "a new icon for bioplastics." Laura Howard's bioplastics symbold was chosen from three finalists in the Make Your Mark competition, with the winner announced April 21 at the Herman Miller Showroom in Los Angeles, CA.

Release agent doubles as lubricant for downstream ops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2011

A newly developed release agent from Chem-Trend is said to work with all thermoplastics except for polycarbonate, and also serves as a lubricant. PET processors in particular could stand to benefit.

Injection molding: IML gets the royal treatment

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 21st, 2011

On the day we spoke with Belgian in-mold label supplier Verstraete, the company was hosting a visit from the nation's king. Heads of state and royalty typically only visit companies in good health, and that's indeed the case at Verstraete as the company is celebrating development of a number of new IML options, including in-mold labels with metallic finish, ones for thermoforming and labels able to provide gas or light barrier performance.

Injection molding: Arburg, Trexel team up for MuCell offering

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2011

In an agreement between German injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg and Trexel, the licenser of the MuCell process, Arburg's customers now can purchase a turnkey injection molding system including the MuCell processing hardware directly from the molding machine maker, without the need to acquire a separate license or pay extra license fees.

Blowmolding: Graham Packaging bids for machine maker Techne

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 21st, 2011

The plastic bottle blowmolding giant is adding to its presence in the machine manufacturing market with its decision to purchase Techne, an Italian manufacturer of extrusion blowmolding machinery. The extrusion blowmolding machinery manufacturers' space has been a tough one for years and Techne was not spared; it has been operating under liquidation proceedings since last year.   

Specialty LCD film plant for Taiwan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2011

Responding to rising demand for LCD flat panel televisions, Toray Advanced Film Co. (Tokyo) plans to start up a polyethylene-based self-adhesive protective film plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The film is used during the manufacture of optical films and panels used in LCD displays.

Onex in “late-stage discussions” to sell Husky

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2011

Private equity firm Berkshire Partners is in late-stage discussions to acquire Husky Injection Molding Systems from its current owner, private equity investor, Onex, according to a April 19 Reuters report, but reached for comment, a Husky spokesperson could neither confirm or deny the story.

Braskem CEO talks Brazil, bioplastics in NYSE visit

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 19th, 2011

Brazil will need to build a new resin plant each year until 2020 to keep up with the booming country's burgeoning plastics demand. Carlos Fadigas, Braskem S.A. CEO, detailed his country's escalating hunger for plastics and Braskem's plans to help satiate that domestic demand while also expanding its reach outside South America.

Talent Talk - Weekly Jobs and Business Blog; Succession planning at all levels

By Paul Sturgeon
Published: April 19th, 2011

Question - My organization should have a succession plan for:

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