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Purac and Indorama plan PLA bioplastic plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2011

Purac and Indorama Ventures PLC are discussing plans to build a 10,000-tons/yr polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Thailand, utilizing Purac's lactide with plans to expand to 100,000 tonnes/yr of production. The lactide monomers for the PLA bioplastic would be sourced from Purac's production plant in Rayong, Thailand, as well as other Purac sites.

Plastics extrusion: Gear pump repairs, minus the Swiss customs clearance

By MPW Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2011

Business is easier and faster for processors requiring repairs of their gear pump from Maag Pump Systems. The merger last year of Switzerland's Maag with pelletizing machinery manufacturer Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH means that, starting now, processors can avoid sending the pumps to Switzerland—and through laborious Swiss customs—and now can instead have them repaired or serviced at Automatik's facility in Germany.

Quickparts acquired by 3D Systems

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 22nd, 2011

Quickparts (Atlanta, GA), a provider of custom-designed parts using a variety of technologies ranging from rapid prototyping to plastic injection molding, announced that it has been acquired by 3D Systems Corp. (Rock Hill, SC).

TPE resin pricing, Feb. 14-18: PE up, PP down, propylene falls $0.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 22nd, 2011

Market overview: Spot resin trading was swift last week, as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) moved in opposite directions thanks to shifts in their respective spot monomer costs.

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.

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