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Molder PTI Engineered Plastics launches design & development firm

By Rob Neilley
Published: February 7th, 2011

Noting that, "Too often, new product ideas are compromised at the point of production," Mark Rathbone, founder/CEO of PTI Engineered Plastics, announced the startup of PTI Design, a stand-alone firm that will deliver a full range of product design and development services, bolstered by in-depth knowledge and experience with DFM—design for manufacturability.

Industry enters ’11 with [cautious] optimism

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 4th, 2011

By all accounts, the second half of 2010 saw a strong, sustained surge in activity within the plastics sector, pushing business to levels not seen in years. In January, MPW spoke with several suppliers to the market, trying to gauge their sentiments for the new year and whether the recovery will continue.

Injection molder Nypro investing in renewable energy at NC plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 4th, 2011

Global contract manufacturer Nypro Inc. will reduce energy usage at its packaging/healthcare facility in North Carolina with a renewable energy installation that will be one of the largest commercial projects of its type in the state.

Automotive steers back from the brink

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 4th, 2011

To fully appreciate the North American automotive resurgence that began in 2010 and is continuing into 2011, it's helpful to recount the industry's darkest days in the spring of 2009.

Tips of the trade (or how not to re-invent the wheel)

By MPW Staff
Published: February 4th, 2011

For processors who may have missed them, these Tips of the Trade can help save time, frustration, and money in your operation. Experts in the field offer their experience to help you troubleshoot purging of an injection molding machine, prevent chatter marks during sheet extrusion, and optimize your sheet extrusion die.

Names in the News: IMS Company, Novatec, Gala Industries, Polymera

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 4th, 2011

There is plenty of upward movement to report this week with promotions and new hires at IMS, Novatec, Gala, and Polymera. At IMS, one of the leading suppliers of industrial equipment, supplies, and services to plastics processors, Thomas Osowski was recently promoted to president and COO; he had been the company's vice president and general manager.

Used machinery market runs dry

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 3rd, 2011

The machinery glut that was fed by the market's excesses at the turn of the century—and then the industry consolidation that followed—has largely subsided, with the latest upturn in business prompting the purchase of new equipment. Conversations with machinery suppliers to the industry reveal that for injection molding, especially within the automotive sector, business started coming back in 2010 in a way that hadn't been seen in years.

OEM: Do you know what the condition of your tooling is costing you?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 3rd, 2011

Out of sight, out of mind: Once molds begin running at a molder's facility, many OEMs just forget them. They know little about molds they built and less about those they inherit via acquisitions. Why bother? Hundreds of thousands of reasons, each worth a dollar.

DSM sells tie-layer technology to RESIN Products & Technology BV

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 3rd, 2011

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard, The Netherlands) is selling its Yparex adhesive tie-layer technology, which is used in multilayer films, pipes, and cladding panels, to fellow Dutch firm RESIN (Products & Technology) BV. Details on the transaction, which is expected to close within the first quarter of 2011 pending regulatory approval, were not disclosed.

Industrial packaging: Mauser welcomes upturn, works with Sabic on improved HDPE

By MPW Staff
Published: February 3rd, 2011

Officials at industrial packaging power Mauser Group say that over the past 12 months, the company, which blowmolds drums, intermediate bulk containers and other industrial packaging, has experienced increasing demand in all product areas and all countries. Mauser worked recently with plastics supplier Sabic to develop an improved grade of HDPE especially suitable for blowmolding these large containers.

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