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Plastics packaging machine merger as Brückner acquires PackSys (Updated Feb.2)

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 31st, 2011

The Brückner Group has acquired all shares of PackSys Global, a manufacturer of specialized equipment for the packaging industry with annual sales of about CHF 70 million ($74.37 million). PackSys Global (PSG) designs and builds full lines for aluminum, plastic and laminate tubes, metal and plastic closures and monobloc aerosol cans, as well as dry offset printing systems.

Barrier packaging: Automation specialist develops reliable PP/EVOH co-injection system

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 28th, 2011

Incremental progress in barrier package design has been the case for years, but automation systems manufacturer Waldorf Technik believes it may have made a major leap forward with two new technologies.

INEOS Phenol and Sinopec to build China’s largest phenol/acetone plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

INEOS Phenol and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. have reached a framework agreement on the design and future operation of a 400,000-tonnes/yr phenol/acetone joint venture at the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China—the largest plant of its kind in China.

Key Plastics consolidates U.S. operations with Indiana plant closure

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

Automotive supplier Key Plastics (Northville, MI) will close its Hartford City, IN site, consolidating injection molding handled there into its other North American manufacturing sites over the course of 2011. A Key Plastics spokesperson told PlasticsToday that the Indiana plant had injection molding, assembly, and painting capabilities focused on the creation of interior and exterior door handles, as well as additional interior trim and airbag components. The facility has 215 employees, 184 of them full time.

Plastics supplier puts muscle behind new lab focused 100% on plastics in photovoltaics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

Plastics' use in solar energy applications is taking off as is processors' own use of solar arrays to help trim their power bills. Now, one of the world's leading plastics suppliers, Arkema, has teamed with experts from France's Institut National de l'Energie Solaire to create the first private/public mixed research laboratory dedicated to the development of polymer materials for photovoltaic technologies.

Awards recognize innovative research papers on polyolefins, olefins or melamine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

Polyolefins supplier Borealis has named the 2010 recipients of its Borealis Student Innovation Award. The award, presented annually since 2008, recognizes innovative research papers on polyolefins, olefins or melamine for master's and doctorate degree students. The winners were presented with an award, certificate and monetary prize at Borealis' annual Innovation Day on January 20 in Porvoo, Finland.

Award highlights outstanding plastics research

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

For the fourth time, Quadrant, an international supplier of high-end thermoplastics and composite plastics, awarded its Quadrant Award to recognize outstanding research work being conducted on polymers and plastics. This was the fourth iteration of the international award.

Solar power: one processor buys three companies, another invests in its own solar array

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 27th, 2011

Three acquisitions announced this week give the Greiner Group entry into a new business field, the market for renewable energies and solar thermal energy, where it hopes to profit from its plastics processing prowess. In related news, custom injection and blowmolder Microdyne Plastics recently installed 2600 solar panel units on the company's roof, an investment its management expects will reduce future energy costs by 35%.

2011 trends in building products: Wood continues to give way to plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 27th, 2011

The ability to select value-added products for the home, stronger acceptance by homeowners of advanced-materials products, and the desire of builders to save labor on the job site are just three of the top industry trends that Therma-Tru and Fypon products are providing in 2011, according to Therma-Tru's president, Dave Randich.

Promotional pen molder inks distribution deals

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 27th, 2011

DriMark Products Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of writing instruments, security marking systems, and patented inks with in-house injection molding, has signed exclusive distribution agreements with Beacon Promotions Inc. (New Ulm, MN) and Dezine Corp. (Mississauga, ON) for its promotional products in the U.S. and Canada. Beacon and Dezine assume complete decorating and imprinting services, distributing in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, allowing DriMark to focus on manufacturing.

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