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Quanex acquires vinyl extrusion plant from JELD-WEN

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 2nd, 2011

Quanex Building Products Corp. and JELD-WEN have entered into an agreement for the sale, to Quanex’s Mikron operation, of JELD-WEN’s equipment and certain other assets of its vinyl extrusion plant in Yakima, WA, effective March 1, 2011.

Plastics film extrusion: Dornier seeing strong uptake for thick films in E/E applications

By MPW Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

The German manufacturer of equipment for the production of mono- and biaxially oriented films says it is seeing very strong interest from processors in lines for thick plastics films for optical grade applications. For its entire range, the company reports demand is strong now globally, but particularly in India and in the Far East.

Barrier packaging technology now offered in North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

New to North America is a technology for improving the barrier properties of plastics packaging. Developed by German company Cavonic 3D Coating Technologies, the technology is being marketed in North America by Rick Schaffer, former president of injection molding machine maker Netstal Machinery, who now runs his own plastic packaging consultancy called InterTech Rx (Lancaster, MA).

Ventra to invest $3.4 million in Kentucky automotive molding site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

Automotive supplier Ventra Plastics (Russelville, KY) will expand its Logan County manufacturing facility, investing nearly $3.4 million and increasing its current employee base of 230 by 25. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Ventra Plastics for tax incentives up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The KEDFA also approved the company for tax benefits up to $60,960 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). 

Dow reorganizes plastics business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

Dow Chemical has placed all its plastics units into one division, Performance Plastics, that will be headed by Howard Ungerleider. Ungerleider, who had acted as VP of investor relations, has now been promoted to a senior VP for Dow, and named president for the newly formed division.

Dow's Performance Plastics division will include its Solution Polyethylene, Wire & Cable, Elastomers, and Films and Packaging Resins units, as well as its Packaging and Converting Unit, which had been part of the Advanced Materials Division.

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.

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