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Names in the News: New personnel at R&D/Leverage and Rapra

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 27th, 2011

At moldmaker and parts design firm R&D Leverage-UK, based in Nottinghamshire, England, the company announced the addition of two new sales account managers. Craig Carrington and Magdalena Villate. They have been hired to handle customers in northern and central Europe, respectively, according to Alan Tolley, the firm's managing director.

TPE North American resin pricing, Jan. 13-17: PE, PP down $0.01/lb; PP ends 10-week run of price gains

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 26th, 2011

Market overview: The spot market remained active last week with numerous transactions concluded and prices generally under pressure. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that buyers and sellers were prevalent as double-digit price increase nominations stoked volatility and trading opportunities. Although $0.11/lb of polyethylene (PE) price increases are technically on the table for January, only $0.05/lb is realistically sought and even that now seems doubtful.

Spectrum Plastics Group expands its own spectrum with micromolding buy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 26th, 2011

The plastics processor is adding six machines to its Minneapolis facility, as well as customers and a new employee, with an eye to hiring more as business takes off. The company already has rapid prototyping and injection molding capacity; adding micromolding will improve its odds in the medical, aerospace, defense and precision industrial markets that it serves.

Plastics imported to China last month highest total since December 2000

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 26th, 2011

According to data released by the Chinese Customs Agency, China's total polymer imports in December 2010 rose both on a monthly and yearly basis. The country imported 1.53 million tons of plastics in December, an increase of just 81,000 tons compared to November 2010. China's plastics imports in December 2010 were the highest import totals for the month since December 2000.  

Automotive plastics: IAC Group taps KraussMaffei for major molding machine order

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 26th, 2011

The IAC Group has selected KraussMaffei as the system supplier to equip the automotive components supplier's new plant in Bals, Romania. As sole contract partner for plastics processing equipment, KraussMaffei will supply the new production facility with 28 injection molding machines, systems for polyurethane foaming and punching, and the required PUR tooling.

2010 growth flows into 2011 for Conair

By Tony Deligio
Published: January 26th, 2011

Coming off a year with 25% growth, The Conair Group Inc. is seeking to maintain momentum with new staff, products, trade shows, and plants. Larry Doyle, VP global sales and marketing for the Cranberry Township, PA-based manufacturer of robotics and plastics auxiliaries equipment told PlasticsToday that starting in June of 2010, business grew quite strong for Conair, prompting a number of moves last year that have continued into 2011. "Business is good right now," Doyle said.

Joe Gingo shares A. Schulman’s success story with SPE

By Tony Deligio
Published: January 25th, 2011

A. Schulman began losing money in its U.S. operations for the first time in 2005 after nearly 85 years of profitable operation. Two years, later, a special committee was formed to look at "strategic alternatives",  corporate speak quickly translated by Joseph Gingo. "If you ever read anywhere in a newspaper that your company is considering 'strategic alternatives', you're for sale. That's the strategic alternative they're considering."

BMCI invests in plant, staff and, we bet, a very long sign for its new site in Turkey

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 25th, 2011

The gross domestic product in Turkey continues to grow at a rapid pace, comparable even to China's, and the country's plastics industry is definitely along for the ride. White goods, electrical devices/electronics and automotive are just three of the hottest end-use markets in the country, and processors serving all three source a lot of bulk molding compound. With this in mind, an established supplier now has opened its doors in the country.

Names in the news: EDI, D-S, Applied Robotics, NanoPack, Maroon

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 25th, 2011

Extrusion Dies Industries LLC (EDI; Chippewa Falls, WI) has promoted Sam G. Iuliano to the position of director of technical sales. In addition to providing technical support to customers and supporting EDI's field sales program, Iuliano will supervise a newly created sales group, Order Entry, that's been organized to streamline the order-intake process. Iuliano joined EDI in 1992 as a sales engineer, and through the years has been promoted to manager of sales administration and product manager.

White paper library offers R&D aid to medical device pros

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 25th, 2011

Among resources available to medical device professionals in the plastics community is the new white paper library at Qmed.com, a UBM Canon Medical Device Media Group brand. Qmed is a free online search engine and directory. The white paper library includes many papers on topics of interest to plastics processors; many of the papers were, in fact, written by processors. Topics include papers on micromolding, rapid injection molding, extrusion of silicone and zero-defects molding.

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