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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.

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.

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