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DuPont and Nike tee up latest golf ball advance

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 16th, 2011

The next major shift in golf ball design and technology is powered by a patented thermoplastic.

Clariant to acquire Süd-Chemie AG

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 16th, 2011

Clariant is bidding to acquire Süd-Chemie AG in €2.0 billion ($2.67 billion) deal with a particular interest in the German chemical company's catalyst and adsorbents businesses. In a presentation to analysts, Clariant called the catalyst and adsorbent units "attractive, high margin businesses" that provide "future technologies with high long-term growth potential." On Feb.

Medical device CM announces newest facility in Costa Rica

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 16th, 2011

SMC Ltd., a medical device contract manufacturer based in Somerset, WI, with locations in California, Massachusetts, Ohio, and India, announced the opening of a new facility in Costa Rica at the MD&M/PLASTEC West trade shows in Anaheim, CA last week.

With more than a decade of experience in Costa Rica via its purchase of Stoesser-Gordon Plastics in August 2008, SMC's newest medical facility will be located in the Coyol free trade zone centrally located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Hoffer Plastics adds four injection molding machines

By IMM Staff
Published: February 16th, 2011

Custom injection molder Hoffer Plastics (Elgin, IL) has invested $1.6 million in four new injection molding machines and automation to accommodate new packaging business in the food, pharmaceutical, and health and beauty and segments from Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and Johnson & Johnson.

Gloucester Engineering names new CEO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 16th, 2011

Extrusion technology supplier Gloucester Engineering Co. has named Mark Steele as its CEO, hiring the 20-year veteran of various manufacturing firms away from Turbonetics Inc. (Simi Valley, CA) to replace John Sharood.

Medical molding: Marman Industries' ISO 13485 certification fuels growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 16th, 2011

Plastics molder and contract manufacturer Marman Industries Inc. (La Verne, CA) announced at last week's MD&M/PLASTEC West trade show in Anaheim that it has been recommended for ISO 13485 certification to perform medical manufacturing in accordance with FDA policies.

Electrolux's injection molding supplier search highlights supply chain strategy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 15th, 2011

According to Geoff Pollak, VP of purchasing for Electrolux-North America, the company has a history of innovation and a passion for success. “Today we sell across many brand families but our flagship brand is Electrolux, and our desire is to build a premium brand in North America,” he adds.

Composite Products Inc. merges with Indian firm

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 15th, 2011

Inline compounding and long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics supplier Composite Products Inc. (CPI; Winona, MN) has merged with Indian manufacturing conglomerate Braj Binani Group to create CPI Binani Inc. CPI founder Ron Hawley will continue as CEO of CPI Binani Inc. and serve as a board member of the Braj Binani Group.

Thixomat shifts business model post patent

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 15th, 2011

One year after its core patent expired, Thixomat has reinvented itself as Thixomat Technologies LLC, eschewing its former business model of revenue generated by royalty payments from licensees to instead supply molded magnesium parts and new technologies, including a high-strength magnesium sheet product.

TPE resin pricing, Feb. 7-11: PE, PP slip $0.015/lb; contract hikes of $0.05 for PE and $0.03 for PP loom

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 15th, 2011

Market overview: The spot resin markets continued to see heightened activity and good trading last week, as material availability increased and prices lowered. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that "for the first time in ages," there were generic-prime railcar offers for almost the entire slate of commodity grade resins. Producers' proposed February contract increases include $0.05/lb for polyethylene (PE) and $0.03/lb for polypropylene (PP).

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