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Single-stream recycling facility reclaims formerly landfilled plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

Plastic film and rigid plastics that were once landfilled will now be recycled at Waste Management's new single-stream Philadelphia Material Recovery Facility (MRF), which is itself  part of the company's broader sustainability initiative to increase the amount of recyclable materials it recovers from approximately 8 million tons to more than 20 million tons by 2020.

Infinity bolsters clean room investment with new Engels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

In the darkest days of the great recession in 2009, custom injection molding company Infinity Plastics Group built out its own cleanroom, investing $2 million in the venture. That bold decision has paid dividends and continues to fuel further growth for the company and its Infinity CleanRoom Solutions business, which recently installed two new Engel e-motion all-electric molding machines.

Heat-resistant bioplastic catches frame maker’s eye

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

The Biofront brand of high-heat bioplastic, developed and supplied by Japan's Teijin Ltd., has been specified by Boston Club Co. Ltd. for its Japonism series of eyeglasses. Starting this May, these eyeglasses will be available at retail stories in Japan.

Plastics machinery: KraussMaffei digs in to doubling robot production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

Demand for automation to go with injection molding machinery has prompted plastics processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei to invest in an expansion of the production area for its subsidiary KraussMaffei Automation AG. The new building, scheduled for completion in this autumn, will expand the production area from 670 to 1570 square meters.

Plastics supply news: Rhodia closes on Indian engineering thermoplastics compounder

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

Polyamide supplier Rhodia has completed its acquisition of the engineering plastics business of Indian company PI Industries Ltd (PIIL), after receiving approval of the relevant Indian authorities.

Plastics packaging mega-merger as Silgan buys Graham Packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

It's a packaging merger for the ages as Silgan Holdings Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Graham Packaging Company Inc., one of the world's 3 largest blowmolders of plastics packaging. Silgan controls about 50% of the North American metal food container market, and also makes composite, glass and plastics packaging. 

TPE resin pricing, April 4-8: PE up $0.04/lb, PP up $0.06/lb; strong demand, tight supplies and rising feedstocks propel resin market higher

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 12th, 2011

Market overview: Demand was good, supplies were tight, and prices rose sharply in spot resin trading during the first week of April. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that energy and feedstock costs continue to climb higher, helping reinforce producer efforts to fully implement the price increases nominated for April contracts.

Plastics in automotive applications: Carbon fiber parts in 3 minutes or less

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 12th, 2011

That's the claim being made by Dow Automotive executives who spoke to PlasticsToday about the company's recently introduced Voraforce material for use in resin transfer molding of carbon fiber reinforced parts.  The company also offers adhesive and other material solutions that can be combined with Voraforce so that carbon fiber reinforced parts become a more regular sighting in passenger vehicles.

Synthetic fiber replacing talc in PP parts

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 12th, 2011

Lower density and improved scratch resistance are two of the key benefits possible when a plastics processor replaces talc fillers with a new reinforcing agent supplied by Milliken. The material actually was introduced last year but since then has started to gain traction, especially in use for automotive interior parts.

Plastics supply: Borealis doubling capacity in Brazil, doubling down on automotive

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 12th, 2011

The polyolefins supplier told PlasticsToday it intends to double its capacity in Brazil, where it runs two plants in a joint venture with Braskem. In other news, the company is investing in personnel and technology to help increase even more the number of polypropylene applications in automotive, including underhood ones.

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