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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.

Plastics packaging: Priced to sell, a new OTR testing system

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 3rd, 2011

A new device for testing the oxygen transmission rate of plastic film or packaging is priced to enable processors to take charge of their own testing, even bringing it in-house rather than outsourcing it. The manufacturer's president describes his company's new product as "the Ford 150 truck of the permeation industry—we do the jobs that need to be done, and we do them well for a long time and at an affordable cost."

Nolato Medical will start molding LSR at its U.S. facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

Nolato Medical (Torekov, Sweden), a member of the Nolato Group, has announced it is adding liquid silicone molding to its U.S. production facility, Nolato Contour (Baldwin, WI), and expects to start molding LSR there in the spring of 2011.

The latest in-mold technology: Hot gas welding from Engel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

The latest in a long list of processing technologies from the Austria-based, globally operating injection molding and automation supplier Engel creates yet another acronym starting with IM for in-mold: Now there's "IMW" for in-mold welding.

Ford eyeing low carbon-footprint glass spheres as replacement for talc

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

The carmaker plans to collaborate with RockTron to use that company's technology to recycle coal-fired power station waste into glass spheres that can be used to fill plastic compounds. The fillers have the potential to replace talc or established glass sphere fillers, and in the process lower a compound's density as well as improve its scratch resistance.

Price hikes announced by Ineos, DSM (twice), BASF and Songwon

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

Yes, there is a trend emerging, and for plastics processors it is not a pretty one as the prices demanded by their plastics suppliers are headed north. The recent price hike announcements we've received cover materials from styrenics to polyamide, from polyurethane to additives, and come on top of the massive hikes seen in PE and especially propylene and PP in January, as reported already.

PET supply chain keeps changing: Indorama on top but Octal plans to expand again

By MPW Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

You need a scorecard to keep track of the leading suppliers of polyethylene terephthalate. Eastman has exited the business, selling it to DAK Americas in North America and Indorama in Europe.

Bioplastics replace up to 40% of petroleum, keep base material performance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 1st, 2011

Biobent Polymers (Marysville, OH) is calling its newly-launched Panacea family of bioplastics the first bioplastic resin to deliver the performance characteristics of the base polymer while reducing the petroleum content by up to 40%. Polypropylene- and polyethylene-based grades are the first Panacea products to hit the market.

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