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Get smart on smart plastics during new conference

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Dashboards without switches and buttons, flexible solar cells or medical diagnostics systems integrated in plastic products: "smart plastics", ones in which function is worked into the material, will help these potential applications become reality. The combination of plastics technology, mechatronics and design not only allows for new product ideas, but also opens up enormous market potential.

Packaging market reconfigures after decade of consolidation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 25th, 2011

More than half of the top 50 packaging companies have been eliminated or changed ownership over the past decade.  What does that mean to the plastics industry segment? As the consolidation of the packaging industry increases, the industry has witnessed a rise in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity.

Safety first pays off at Interplastic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 25th, 2011

11 years without a lost-time accident: that is the impressive safety record for Interplastic's Kentucky manufacturing plant. Keeping a safe working environment is critical to the success of any manufacturing operation, and Interplastic has clearly reaped the benefits of its safety milestones.

Are you paid what you’re worth? Or at least as much as the next guy?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 25th, 2011

Few willingly share information on their salary, but the annual salary survey conducted by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers gives you the chance to anonymously share information on your wages and benefits and, in return, be provided a peek at the compiled findings to see where you stand on the pay scale in comparison to your peers.

Carbon nanotubes in the spotlight during ANTEC speaker’s speech

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 25th, 2011

The scientist leading plastics developments at one of Korea's leading conglomerates has agreed to be a plenary speaker at next week's ANTEC 2011 conference. Soo Myung Choi, vice president, R&D business labs, for Hyosung Corp., will be a plenary speaker at ANTEC 2011. Choi will speak on Monday, May 2, in a presentation titled, "Carbon Nanotubes, Electrospinning and Aliphatic Polyketones."

DME brings e-commerce to molding supplies business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 22nd, 2011

DME Molding Supplies can now allow customers to place, track, and monitor orders through the company's website through a newly enhanced online-ordering system. DME Molding Supplies, the maintenance, repair and operations products division of DME Company, says the system now allows customers to buy MRO and standard DME products all with one account and one call or one click.

DME Molding Supplies says the site will enable customers to:

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.

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