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Plastics continue to dominate the caps & closures market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

The U.S. demand for caps and closures is projected to advance 4.0% per year to $11.1 billion in 2018, with unit demand exceeding 300 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by an acceleration in container unit growth relative to that of the 2008-2013 period, the continued popularity of single serving containers, and greater use of costlier product types, such as dispensing and child-resistant closures (CRCs).

Names in the News: Conair, Meredith-Springfield, Engel and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

The Conair Group has appointed Partners Plastics Equipment to represent its full line of plastics auxiliary equipment in New England. The firm is headed by Ed Freier and Fred Charpentier.  The agency, which was founded by Freier, serves customers in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The territory is managed by Conair Regional Manager Roger Hultquist.

Faced with hydraulic fluid leakage issues, a bicycle shock absorbers maker turns to a proprietary PTFE

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Shock absorbers are crucial components in higher-end bicycle suspension systems. They increase rider comfort, but also help keep one or both wheels in contact with the ground to improve control and traction. These performance enhancements are especially beneficial for riding over rough terrain, such as mountain biking.

Industrial automation equipment/robotics seeing strong growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 25th, 2014

It looks like 2014 is going to be a banner year for the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market, after two sluggish years. Two reports reveal that 2014 is off to a healthy start as the global market for industrial automation equipment is gaining strength. IHS Technology reports that two factors account for this: strengthening economies and technological innovations, both of which are expected to boost demand.

Elkhart Plastics launches new line of proprietary DEF tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

Elkhart Plastics manufactures several thousand DEF tanks each month and is excited to announce the addition of proprietary DEF tanks to its existing rotomolding capabilities.

"Adding proprietary DEF tanks, spill trays, and valve and venting systems to Elkhart Plastics' already extensive customizable offerings is a great way for our company to meet existing clients' needs, budgets, and timelines while reaching previously untapped clients and markets," said Jack Welter, CEO of Elkhart.

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Netstal features medical molding application at Fakuma

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

Summer is winding down, alas, and since 2014 is not a K year, some of you can look forward to trooping off to Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing in Friedrichshafen, Germany, come October. Exhibitors have started sharing information about what they will be presenting at the sold-out event, and it's no surprise that medical applications will be prominently featured, as they afford companies with an opportunity to show their technical expertise and ability to meet rigorous customer requirements.

Motan-Colortronic seeks to conquer the Brazilian market with quality and service

By Karen Laird
Published: August 25th, 2014

With the opening of its new Brazilian site, Germany-based global auxiliary equipment maker Motan-Colortronic is not only talking the talk, but is walking the walk. "Up to now, our customers in Brazil and elsewhere in South America have been supported through sales partners and our other subsidiaries in Europe. With this new office, our customers now have the advantages of a local subsidiary within an international network," says Beat Amrein, joint CEO of Motan-Colortronic do Brasil ltda with Jefferson Macdeo. Both managing directors have a 20% stake in the company.

MEDevice San Diego highlights medtech innovation

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

The MEDevice San Diego Conference & Technology Showcase returns for a fourth time to California's second largest city in September with a two-day educational program that explores a host of issues of deep importance to medical device manufacturers and developers. The event will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on Sept. 10 and 11.

In-Mold Decorating Association announces parts competition winners (slide show)

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA), a trade association representing molders, printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, and others committed to the development and growth of in-mold labeling and decorating products, technologies and markets, recently announced the winners of its annual parts competition. The 2014 IMDA awards will be presented to the winners at the 2014 IMDA Symposium dinner on October 22, 2014, at the DoubleTree Chicago North Shore Hotel & Conference Center in Skokie, IL.

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