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SRG to open new Mexican molding site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 22nd, 2011

SRG Global Inc. has broken ground on an injection molding, top coat, chrome-plating, and assembly plant in Irapuato, Mexico. The company estimates that the initial phase of the project will cost between $25 and $35 million, with the facility expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

Connecticut's Advance Mold expanded in tough times

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 22nd, 2011

In 2008, when the first wave of the recession hit, Manchester, CT-based Advance Mold & Manufacturing Inc. began adding 30,000 ft2 to its facility, doubling the size of its custom moldmaking plant. In May 2010, Advance held an open house to showcase the new addition that drew attention even from the state's governor, Jody Rell, who attended the event, according to Adam Cole, New Business and Marketing Manager for Advance Mold in an interview at the MD&M Plastec West trade show in Anaheim, CA.

Medical device OEMs and their suppliers head for Costa Rica

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 21st, 2011

If you’re wondering where the next low-cost country might be, look no further than Central America. Costa Rica is fast becoming a hotbed for medical device manufacturing. Helix Medical LLC, a global contract manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries, announced that it is investing $4 million to build a new manufacturing facility in the Coyol Free Trade Zone and Business Park in Alajuela, Costa Rica, just outside of the capital city of San Jose.

Need a new mold? This check list can help

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 21st, 2011

Developing a mold design check List and posting it on the company’s website at first seemed like a “silly” idea, explains Eric Fehrman, general manager of Fehrman Tool & Die Inc. (Byesville, OH). “We put out this check list to help our customers manage their tools and to try to educate the customer in ways that can help them get the mold they really want,” he says.

Combining injection molding and composite prepreg for auto panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2011

Scientists at Germany's Technical University of Chemnitz who are working to develop new production processes that combine thermoplastic fiber compound prepregs such as organic sheets with injection molding technology, now are using Engel organomelt injection molding technology, which was first seen at K 2010 in a lightweight technology production cell.

Plastics machinery: Maguire’s MaxiBatch blenders drawing maximum attention

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2011

Pat Smith, VP sales and marketing at plastics auxiliary equipment manufacturer Maguire, cuts to the chase when he describes the positive impact that the company's MaxiBatch brand of blenders are having on the company's business. "It is the single fastest-growing portion of our business," he explains, with plastics compounders and extrusion processors eagerly installing the machines in their plants.

Audi and Voith partner to expand use of fiber-reinforced plastics in cars

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2011

Audi and Voith GmbH are partnering to develop automated production of fiber-reinforced materials for use in future automotive projects. Aiming for lightweight construction and efficiency, the automaker wants to expand usage of fiber-reinforced polymers that have already been applied in the Audi R8 and the Audi RS 3.

Empire Precision adds production cells

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 18th, 2011

Empire Precision Plastics Inc., specializing in high-volume injection molding and mold manufacturing, announced that it is installing two, precision 55-ton Arburg injection molding presses with Arburg automation for an OEM customer with requirements for medical disposables. According to Markus Lettau, director of sales and application engineering for Empire (Rochester, NY), the cells will be enclosed in “micro clean rooms” which cover the molding machine clamp and automation area (where parts are packaged), to provide clean-environment molding and handling. 

U.S. manufacturing expansion still showing positive signs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 18th, 2011

Two manufacturing reports signal that manufacturing continues in expansion mode. January's Manufacturing Business Survey report from the Institute for Supply Management (released Feb. 1) reveals that the manufacturing sector expanded for the 18th consecutive month.

Plastics packaging: UFLEX Group opening film extrusion plant in Poland

By Matt Defosse
Published: February 18th, 2011

Just one month after it announced the commissioning of a new BOPP film plant in Egypt and additional capacity at its facility in Mexico, the UFLEX Group, one of the five largest flexible films extruders in the world, says it is building a greenfield site in Poland, its first plastic film extrusion facility in Europe.

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