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Yale researchers create blowmoldable metal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

Using alloys made from different metals, including zirconium, nickel, titanium, and copper, a team of Yale researchers has created metallic materials that can be blowmolded like plastics into complex shapes. Jan Schroers, a materials scientist at Yale University said the material, called bulk metallic glasses (BMGs)-metal alloys, allows shapes that can't be achieved using regular metals, but do so without sacrificing metal's strength.

Plastic is the fastest-growing pipe material through 2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

Plastic pipe will be the fastest-growing pipe material through 2015, continuing to steadily take share from competing materials in a range of markets, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Rising demand for plastic pipe will be driven by resin improvements that enhance pipe performance in more demanding environments, while processing improvements will allow plastic pipe to be more cost-effective compared to other materials.

TPE resin pricing, Feb. 21-25; PE mixed; PP’s slide stops; Mid-East turmoil roils resin markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

Market overview: Spot resin markets remained busy into month-end, as supplies began to dry up and prices finished the week mostly higher. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that spot monomers also rose, influenced by soaring crude oil prices brought on by Mid-East unrest. Processors have worked to avoid price increases in February, with PP finishing flat, but PE producers are still pushing for a $0.03/lb increase.

Plastics pricing: Asian propylene prices leap higher on plant shutdowns


By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

In Asia, spot prices for propylene went up sharply during the past week as prices gained $60/ton on an FOB Korea basis. Coupled with other recent jumps, the price has risen in the triple digits in dollar terms—about $125 per ton—since the beginning of February.

SABIC and ExxonMobil choose Saudi site for elastomer JV

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

SABIC and ExxonMobil Chemical have chosen the Jubail Industrial City as the site for their new elastomers project joint venture, which has moved into the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase.

Automotive plastics: Bayraktlar enters German market with odelo acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

Turkish family-owned Bayraktarlar Holding has acquired Germany-based odelo Group. For Bayraktarlar, the acquisition expands its European automotive lighting business and gives it its first market footing in Germany. The Turkish company says it plans to invest in new technology at odelo and will honor the German company's existing collective labor agreements.

Rethinking the injection molding machine

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 28th, 2011

Can one inventor change the way plastics is injection molded using a homemade machine from his basement? Rick Fitzpatrick, a molding veteran with tool design stints at the former Courtesy Corp. (now Rexam) and Capsonic, has long questioned the current molding model of large machines and large multicavity molds, and for the last 10 years, he has manifested those doubts in smaller machines that re-imagine the molding process. His goal: "getting to the size of a machine that actually prepares plastic economically."

Frito Lay hears consumer complaints, quiets bioplastic SunChips bag

By MPW Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

Spreading the news via the same social media that undermined the product to begin with, Frito Lay announced via Twitter it would relaunch its polylactic-acid (PLA) based compostable bag for SunChips, now in a quieter version.

Plastics packaging: Davis-Standard pilot film line proving its worth

By MPW Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

A new pilot line for film extrusion at the company’s plant in Bridgewater, NJ gives processors the opportunity to run tests to gauge the value of Davis-Standard’s triple lip air ring and vertex die, both of which are mounted on this line. According to the manufacturer, early users of the line have been impressed enough to invest in new equipment for their established film extrusion lines.

Invista revisits nylon 6,6 plans for China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

Invista is moving forward with plans to construct a specialty chemicals and nylon 6,6 manufacturing facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, reinitiating work it had temporarily abandoned during the global slowdown.

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