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World demand for cups and lids still strong

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2011

World demand for cups and lids is projected to rise 5% per year to $23.4 billion in 2014, according to the latest study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Factors contributing to rising demand will include growth in foodservice revenues and trends toward convenience-oriented food options as a result of fast-paced lifestyles and increasing personal income levels.

Tips of the trade: Successfully defending your price takes gumption, smarts and planning

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 21st, 2011

In his presentation to the American Mold Builders Association on March 3, Stephen Rose, practice lead Automotive & Commercial with Kotler Marketing Group, provided AMBA Convention attendees with the "Five Habits of Effective Price Defenders."

Plastic additives: Pipe processors, and others, benefit as Dover doubles, and then doubles again, its antioxidant capacity

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 21st, 2011

Plastic additives and chemicals supplier Dover Chemicals recently doubled the capacity it has available for its patented Doverphos S-9228 high-performance phosphite antioxidant. Buyers of these additives tend to be plastics suppliers and plastics compounders, but the real benefactors will be processors, including those of polyethylene water pipe and tanks, explained Dover's Jack Teat in an interview with PlasticsToday.

First Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower molding system running in UK

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2011

While attendees crowded around the new-generation Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower molding production system at the K 2010 show last October, the RKT Centre for Polymer, Micro and Nano Technology (Bradford, UK) was finalizing its purchase of the first one to be delivered. It's running now and, coupled with computer/Internet technology, is opening new vistas for the Centre's clients.

Big deal for tiny tubes: Bayer buys CNT license from Hyperion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2011

Carbon nanotube developers Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and Hyperion Catalysis International have concluded a patent license agreement to develop new application areas for the technology. Under the deal, BMS has made payments to Hyperion that will allow it to sell its Baytubes carbon nanotubes for use within a defined field under Hyperion's extensive patent portfolio.

Compact weigh module with ultra-precision to boot

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2011

In-process control and embedded weighing is now possible in any critical instrument or system operation with WMC weigh modules from Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH). The instruments are claimed to be the smallest high-precision weighing sensors in the world, measuring just one inch in width.

North Carolina molder doubles down on electric molding machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2011

It was only two years ago that Bright Plastics, a diversified art-to-part custom molder located in Greensboro, NC decided on its first all-electric molding machine, a 60-ton Engel e-motion. That purchase was recently joined in Bright's cleanroom by two new, larger, and different models of all-electric machine.

January manufacturing technology consumption 188% higher than a year ago

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 18th, 2011

In January the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) totaled $371.41 million, and while that was down 16.3% from December 2010, it was a 188.3% increase compared with the total of $128.82 million reported for January 2010. These are the latest figures reported by the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), from companies participating in the USMTC program.
  

PP, PE prices move lower in China as demand softens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2011

Local PP and PE prices moved lower in China as lackluster demand within the country pushed sellers to reduce their prices, according to plastics pricing information service ChemOrbis. According to the service, Chinese traders are also reported to be actively searching for possible re-export outlets for their excess materials, even eyeing markets as far away as Turkey.

Plastics packaging: Thermoformed bottles showcased at upcoming trade show

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 18th, 2011

At the interpack trade show this coming May, French machinery manufacturer Agami will unveil its "Roll N Blow" thermoforming machine, a roll-fed thermoformer optimized for processing of plastic bottles. According to the company, the unit can form bottles with capacities between 100-500 ml that weigh significantly less than comparable blowmolded bottles.

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