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Open houses scheduled at KraussMaffei, Ferromatik Milacron

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2011

Every year the German plastics machinery manufacturing landscape is enlivened by a few open houses where a processor can get his fill of new machinery technology as well as the fresh bread and pretzels, bratwurst and good beer for which the country also is well known.

Chip molder GPI bets on vertical integration, acquires moldmaker

By IMM Staff
Published: April 7th, 2011

Gambling chip manufacturer Gaming Partners International (GPI; Las Vegas, NV) now has internal moldmaking capabilities through the acquisition of the moldbuilding assets of the French firm OMC Sarl and its subsidiary OMC Industries (OMC).

Solar powered performance guaranteed for acrylic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2011

Acrylic supplier Evonik Röhm GmbH and one of its customers, Concentrator Optics, now offer a guarantee of light transmission for solar PMMA lenses for at least 20 years. The companies hope that the deal will encourage further the large-scale deployment of concentrating photovoltaics.

Competing on price or value: Which offers the best opportunity for profit?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2011

Many processors and mold manufacturers get caught in the low-price trap and are forced into defending their price without data to back up why their price is the best value for the money.

While emulating Wal-Mart in some operational aspects might be a good thing, processors and mold manufacturers often get caught in the low-price trap that is probably only good in the retail setting. News flash: There are no Blue Light specials in processing or mold manufacturing.

Plastics in automotive engineering: Next weeks difficult, but long-term outlook still bright

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 7th, 2011

Mannheim, Germany-In 1970, plastic parts accounted for only about 5% of a car's total weight. Those of us who burned ourselves on metal dashboards and steering wheels won't argue with that number. Today, it's more like 15%, and the chance of the percentage climbing even higher is almost a given.

Inductive heating tech gaining proponents for automotive interior parts

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 7th, 2011

The model year 2012 passenger car introductions will include vehicles with interior parts made on molds using RocTool's inductive heating technology, as the company sees tremendous growth in automotive. That's newsworthy, but the really interesting bit is in development: the ability to encapsulate essentially any type of 2D material-cotton, linen, silk, photographs and more-between a thin transparent polyamide film and a thermoplastic composite sheet.  

Songwon spreads reach into Spain, Adriatic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 5th, 2011

Korean additives supplier Songwon (Ulsan) has tied up with its new distribution partner Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH (Vienna, Austria) to extend local customer support to processors, compounders, and resin suppliers in Spain, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia, Macedonia and Croatia.

Starlim acquires Poly-Nova in LSR molding deal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2011

Starlim North America Corp. (London, ON) has acquired fellow rubber injection molder Poly-Nova Technologies Inc. (Guelph, ON), building the Austrian company's North American presence. Starlim North America, which is a subsidiary of Austria's starlim//sterner (Marchtrenk), has steadily expanded its Canadian operations since its inception in 2004 with five injection molding machines.

Shocking development shows how plastic electrical insulation breaks down

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2011

Duke University engineers have documented at the microscopic level how plastic breaks down as it is subjected to electric voltage in a development that could lead to new materials, which improve the durability and efficiency of polymers that come into contact with electrical currents.

TSRC builds elastomer business with Dexco purchase

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 4th, 2011

Taiwan Synthetic Rubber Corp. (TSRC) has boosted its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) capacity, global reach, and technology portfolio through the $168 million acquisition of Dexco Polymers LP, the ExxonMobil Chemical and Dow Chemical joint venture.

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