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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.

Plastics pricing roundup: Material irrespective, the prices all move in the same direction

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 12th, 2011

The past days have brought a handful of pricing announcements from suppliers and, no surprise, all indicate price hikes are on the way. Thermoset plastics, thermoplastics, fillers, specialty materials—the prices for all are moving higher as suppliers work to cover the increasing cost of raw materials.

CKT invests $20 million in new Brownsville, TX injection molding plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

Cascade Engineering's (Grand Rapids, MI) CK Technologies LLC (CKT) unit will invest $20 million in a new manufacturing facility in Brownsville, TX that will offer large-part injection molding for interior, exterior, and functional under-the-hood assemblies.

UPDATED: Eastman exits PET business, finalizes sale of U.S. ops to DAK

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

DAK Americas LLC (Charlotte, NC) is expecting to close on its acquisition of Eastman Chemical Co.'s (Kingsport, TN) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business by the end of this month, after completing the antitrust waiting period. DAK's purchase of Eastman's integrated PET and terephthalic acid (PTA) business, which was announced last October, includes three production facilities in Columbia, SC, covering two PET resin units and one PTA unit.

Extrusion: Polypropylene spiral wound pipe production starts in Middle East

By MPW Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

United Arab Emirates-based Union Pipes Industry (Abu Dhabi) has purchased equipment from Bauku (Wiehl, Germany) for the manufacture of 3m-diameter polypropylene spiral wound pipes for the Ruwais Refinery Expansion-2 Project of the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer). The pipes are to be installed for sea water intake and outfall application at Ruwais.

Booming notebook PC market prompts large CAD/CAM investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

The Chinese moldmaker claiming 31% of the global tooling market for notebook casings has adopted CAD/CAM software supplier Cimatron's CimatronE integrated CAD/CAM suite for mold design, die design, and NC programming. Ju Teng International Holdings Ltd. supplies computer makers Acer, Asus, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, and Toshiba with tooling for those companies' notebook casings from manufacturing plants across China and Taiwan.

SPI opens Bioplastics Council to brand owners and other interested parties

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

In a bid to expand the range of participants in the trade group's Bioplastics Council, formed in 2008, SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) has opened the special interest group to a wider range of bioplastics-related companies and organizations.

Plastics packaging: Sausages bolt from glass for home in polypropylene

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

The little piggies being sent to market now are packed in plastic, thanks to a move away from glass by German lunchmeats supplier Rügenwalder Mühle. The company's newest brand of fresh sausages (pork and poultry) are being marketed in injection molded, in-mold labeled polypropylene packaging.

Mack Molding adds robotic paint lines to Inman site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2011

Mack Molding has invested $3 million to install a fully automated, Class A paint system at its Inman, SC molding facility. “This is the next logical step in a plan we launched nine years ago to transform the Inman plant into a super-large part molding and manufacturing center,” says Ray Burns, President of Mack Molding’s Southern division.

Injection molding: Engel hybrid LSR system at PLASTEC West brings all-electric energy efficiency

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2011

The energy-efficient LSR injection molding system that Engel North America (York, PA) will demonstrate at the PLASTEC West show in Anaheim, CA (February 8-10, 2011), offers both high-performance production and help with California energy costs.

During the show, the 30-ton Engel e-victory 80/30 US machine, which includes automatic part removal and inspection, will be molding LSR (liquid silicone rubber) plunger tips in a two-cavity, cold-runner mold made by Roembke Mfg & Design (Ossian, IN) in 15-second cycles.

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