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TPE compounder Elasto adds distribution network in China

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 14th, 2011

Thermoplastic elastomers compounder Elasto has entered into a distribution agreement with Telko Shanghai to have the latter company develop sales of its products in China. Telko, part of Finland's Aspo Group conglomerate, will be responsible for the market development and sales of Elasto's range of Dryflex thermoplastic elastomers based on SBS, SEBS, TPV and TPO.

FAME aims to ease in-mold labeling adoption

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 13th, 2011

With the in-mold labeling (IML) business in North America starts to grow as more brand owners explore their options with this technology, new challenges have also grown. To help meet the growing demand for IML systems and solve the challenges that can arise with these sophisticated molding manufacturing cells, a new company has been formed. 

Could Chinese New Year work stoppages cause havoc in Western firms?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2011

Returning from Christmas and New Year's vacation on Jan. 3, employees at companies in the West may have assumed they still had a four-week window to place and have orders shipped from their Chinese suppliers before the Chinese New Year and subsequent two-week holiday period impacted that country's manufacturing. In 2011 the Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 3, but Hellen Zhang, marketing manager at injection mold manufacturer Bluestar Mould in Shenzhen, predicts many Chinese companies effectively only have 50% of their workforce available by Jan. 22.

Plastics packaging: UFLEX starts new BOPP film plant in Egypt, adds capacity in Mexico

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 13th, 2011

One of the five largest flexible films processors in the world recently expanded its capacity yet again, this time with the commissioning of a new greenfield BOPP film plant in Egypt. The company, based in India, also is adding capacity in Mexico and even eyeing possible expansion in Europe.

New PVD finishes helping thermoset molder Mar-Bal add employees and orders

By MPW Staff
Published: January 13th, 2011

Fifteen new players are expected to join the team at thermoset plastics compounder and molder Mar-Bal Inc., as the company seems to have hit a home run with its investment in new technology for adding a PVD finish to products made with thermoset plastics.

Plastics compounding: PolyOne invests in new Innovation Center

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2011

The supplier of plastic compounds and thermoplastic elastomers has invested more than $1.2 million in its established facility in Gaggenau, Germany to build a new Innovation Center there. Customers can use the facility and its equipment for development, testing, process optimization and color matching.

U.S. molders in Mexico not adversely impacted by border violence

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 12th, 2011

One major issue that has arisen in the past few years is the violence that has escalated in Mexico, and how that might be affecting foreign direct investment and shelter programs that help companies set up business in Mexico. “The violence in Mexico is a reality,” comments Maria Elena Rigoli, president of Collectron International Management Inc., a shelter program services company located in Nogales, AZ, “but it’s being projected to be much worse than it is. The violence is strictly between the cartels and the police.

Injection molds: Conformal cooling lines improve with aerospace bonding tech

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 12th, 2011

Refrac Systems (Chandler, AZ), which was established in 1984 as a specialist in vacuum metallurgy and diffusion bonding, has formed a subsidiary, Die-Bond LLC, to provide Liquid Interface Diffusion (LID) bonding services on customer-supplied mold inserts and mold plates for custom plastic injection molds requiring conformal cooling channels.

TPE North American resin pricing, Jan. 3-7: PE mixed; PP rises another $0.04/lb with $0.15-$0.20/lb increases on the horizon

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 12th, 2011

Market overview: Buyer inquiries were plentiful and sellers were prevalent in the spot market's first full week of the new year, with a surprisingly good volume of offers for polyethylene (PE), in particular. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), said PE prices were mixed depending on the grade, while the polypropylene (PP) market continued its rapid rise unabated.

Intertech Plastics adds Cincinnati, Husky injection molding machines

By IMM Staff
Published: January 12th, 2011

Intertech Plastics has added presses, staff, and machine time, shifting to 24/7 operations in response to increased customer demand. The Denver-based custom injection molder and blowmolder recently took delivery of a 900-ton all-electric two-shot Cincinnati Milacron and 1000-ton hybrid Husky Hylectric.

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