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Blowmolding: Nissei ASB reaches milestone with PET container machine

By MPW Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Blowmolding machinery manufacturer Nissei ASB Co. introduced the ASB-70DPH one-step injection stretch blowmolding machine in 1986 and now, 25 years later, is set to cross a milestone with the scheduled delivery of its 1,000th machine. Delivery in the second quarter of this year is to Novatex North America, the Ashland, OH-based manufacturer of baby bottles and bottle nipples, pacifiers, and other infant care products.

Smart blender control options for injection, extrusion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Bringing together control technology developed for its TrueBlend family of gravimetric polymer blenders and the TrueBlend EXT extrusion-control system, Conair (Cranberry Twp., PA) is now offering three distinct blender-control options for both extruders and injection-molders.

Plastic bag backlash: Can recycling programs beat back anti-bag fervor?

By MPW Staff
Published: March 10th, 2011

North Carolinians are being encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle their plastics grocery bags, with the state becoming the fourth in the U.S. to join the "A Bag's Life" recycling education movement. The program helps consumers find the roughly 1200 grocery and retail store drop off sites for plastic bags across North Carolina.

Injection molding: Husky acquiring closure mold maker KTW

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 10th, 2011

Husky's hunt to acquire a closure molder is complete. Husky Injection Molding Systems, the manufacturer of injection molding machines, hot runners and molds for PET preforms, reports it will acquire plastic closure mold manufacturer KTW. Husky likely will divest KTW's custom molding business to avoid any conflict of interest with its customers.

Chicago named AMBA Chapter of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2011

The Chicago chapter was named the Chapter of the Year at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) in Las Vegas. Chicago was the birthplace of the AMBA, and the Chicago chapter was the first chapter after the organization’s founding.  Currently, the Chicago chapter has 38 member companies. The Chicago chapter received a check from Progressive Components for $5000 to use in its efforts to promote mold making and the mold manufacturing industry in its area.
   

Lanxess invests in nylon and PBT businesses in U.S., Germany

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 10th, 2011

Lanxess will double capacity at its DuPont joint venture in Germany and build a new compounding facility in the U.S. to support 7% annual growth forecast through 2020 in what it calls "high-tech" plastics. Lanxess is investing €75 million in the ventures, including the new production facility in Gastonia, NC, which will have an initial capacity of 20,000 tonnes/yr, and will be the first U.S.

Asahi Kasei Plastics invests $5.5 million in Michigan compounding plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 9th, 2011

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc. (Fowlerville, MI) is investing $5.5 million to add new production and laboratory compounding lines, as well as peripheral equipment. A company spokesperson told PlasticsToday that overall capacity will be increased by 30%, with the addition of two Coperion ZSK 70-mm twin-screw extruders. The new lab line will be operation by this September, while the production line will be installed in the fall and is expected to by operational by December.

Injection molding a la carte from Beaumont

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 9th, 2011

Injection molders who may have need for multiple services now have a new payment plan option from Erie, PA-based Beaumont Technologies. A nudge from one of the company's customers convinced the management there to create new service plans from which molders could pick the options they need.

SodaStream uses EcoPure for biodegradable Bio Bottle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 9th, 2011

EcoPure has won another customer for its additive technology that renders plastic bottles biodegradable. SodaStream International Ltd. (Airport City, Israel) will utilize Bio-Tec Environmental LLC's EcoPure in its Bio Bottle to reduce the environmental impact of the syrup containers for its home beverage carbonation systems.

Names in the news: Tim Womer forms consultancy, and Uniloy brings sales in-house

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 9th, 2011

Plastics industry veteran Tim Womer has hung out his consultant shingle and is now offering consulting services covering all forms of plastics processing, primarily focusing on plasticizing component design and processing technique.  His new company, TW Womer and Associates, also offers in-house training seminars and expert witnessing.

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