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Urns to die for: injection molded, bioplastic, commercially available

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2011

Why would a company opt to injection mold a bioplastic to form funeral urns? The question is best answered at Swiss company Alento AG, a plastics processor founded in 2005 with the goal of making a mark in the industry with "enhanced wood plastic composites."

New additive plant planned as plastics development in Middle East continues

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2011

Plastics and additives supplier BASF announced it would build a new plant for customer specific antioxidant blends in the Middle East. When operational by the end of 2012, the plant will be one of the largest for these plastic additives in the world with annual capacity of about 16,000 tonnes.

TPE resin pricing, July 11-15: PE steady/lower; PP up $0.015/lb; buyers push for second straight month of lower contracts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2011

Spot resin trading activity improved and polypropylene rose $0.015/lb after a slow start to July, although fresh material offerings remained modest, with much of the discretionary material shipped offshore into what's become a rising export market. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that there has been some price consolidation with the low end of the Houston area market "cleaning up", while top-end domestic contract prices experienced some pressure.

UPDATED: Engel’s revenue jumps 70%-plus in FY 2011

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2011

Revenues were up over 70% at injection molding and automation technology supplier Engel for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, with double-digit growth forecast for its current fiscal year as well. Revenues from shipments during Engel's 2011 fiscal year, which ended in March, reached €615 million ($881 million), up quite dramatically from fiscal 2010 when the global recession helped decreased revenue to €358 million ($513 million).

Progress made on test standard for identifying hexavalent chromium

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2011

Hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), has traditionally been used as a pigment for paints and plastics, with both Chromium Yellow (PbCrO4) and Chromium Red (PbCrO4•Pb(OH)2) extensively applied in the U.S. and Europe. However, due to the adverse health effects associated with Cr(VI) and lead, these pigments and other hexavalent chromium compounds were largely banned for use in electronic products under the EU RoHS Directive (2006). But how can processors and their customers be assured these pigments no longer are in their products?

Plastic film extrusion: Nine-layer lines selling well

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2011

The industry-wide trend towards purchasing of plastic film extrusion lines able to process 5 or more layers continues, according to officials at extrusion systems manufacturer Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion, a company that has benefited from the trend.

Rapid prototypers have new material, machine available

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2011

Developments in the rapid prototyping / rapid manufacturing space continue to be swift as more OEMs, their plastics processing suppliers and mold manufacturers adopt additive manufacturing processes to augment their traditional means of production. According to Wohlers Report 2011, the leading report on the technology and its users, the compound annual growth rate of revenues produced by all AM products and services in 2010 was 24.1%.

Kraton, Formosa announce Taiwanese HSBC joint venture

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 18th, 2011

Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. has entered into a 50/50 joint-venture with Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPCC) to construct and operate a 30-kiloton hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant to be located in Mailiao, Taiwan.

Chinese mold maker takes home SPE award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 18th, 2011

For the first time in the three-decade history of the Mold Making and Mold Design Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Mold Maker of the Year was awarded to a person and company headquartered outside North America. The recipient of this award for 2011, S.Y. Chu, is chairman of Zhongshan Pacific Master Precision Injection Ltd., a large mold manufacturer and injection molder based in Zhongshan, China.

India’s UFLEX spending $180 million in new U.S. facility, adds capacity in Egypt

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 18th, 2011

Flexible plastics packaging processor UFLEX Group offered more details into its new facility planned for the U.S. as well as news of its acquisition of an aluminum oxide coating machine. UFLEX is headquartered in Noida, India and ranks as one of the world's largest plastic films processors with annual revenue of about $910 million. The company has expanded rapidly since we first reported on it in 2007.

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