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Polystyrene prices fall in Europe and Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

According to plastics pricing service ChemOrbis, styrene prices are dropping in Europe and Asia, offering some respite to processors of styrenics-based plastics. In Europe, spot styrene prices have fallen $115/ton (€80/ton) on an FOB NWE basis since the beginning of May, with about half of that drop for this monomer seen in just the past week.

Names in the News: Rocheleau Tool & Die, Graham Engineering, Plastec USA, Pallmann, Galata, Exopack, Reifenhauser, and Engel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

Awards, promotions, partnerships, expansions, machinery sales and a medical symposium: it remains a very dynamic industry. Blowmolding machinery manufacturer Rocheleau Tool & Die, founded in 1938 and in its third generation of ownership by the Rocheleau family, was awarded the Ambassador's Award by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts' International Business Council (AIM-IBC) at the AIM-IBC annual meeting this month.

Material Thoughts: Doctor, can you PEEK into my mouth?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

In this Material Thoughts roundup of recent developments in plastics, fillers and additives, we report on the use of PEEK in dental implants, RTP's conductive compound charging a customer's application, a new Struktol lubricant for polyamides, and the introduction of Oxsoft, a range of phthalate-free and non-VOC plasticizers.

Where are resin prices headed?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2011

Spotted at the recent Chinaplas show were the results of a straw poll of sales reps at a leading Japanese trading house predicting where the China polyolefins market would find itself in July.

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Straw poll on paper predicts high LDPE prices in July.

Styron eyeing expansion of compounding in China, and acquisitions too

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 23rd, 2011

Executives at the world's leading supplier of polystyrene said they are keen to support their Asian business, already strong, with new compounding capacity, most likely in China. Without revealing specifics, Styron president and CEO Chris Pappas also said he is actively eyeing potential acquisitions in the region.

Sumitomo: Nuclear crisis will spark renewed interest in all-electrics

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 19th, 2011

The Great East Japan Earthquake should give a boost to injection machine investment in Japan but this will take time to manifest itself given persisting supply chain disruptions, noted Koichi Kasamatsu, global sales manager at injection molding machine manufacturer Sumitomo Heavy Industries (Tokyo, Japan). "Many plastics processors are ready to invest and restart operations but their customers in the auto industry are not, so they are holding off."

Engel rides global upturn to 72% surge in sales

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 19th, 2011

Injection molding machinery manufacturer Engel has recorded strong growth in its latest financial year, seeing sales rebound from €358 million in the year ending March 2010 to €615 million in the year to March 2011. Business in big machines in China is helping fuel the growth, one reason the company is set to double its manufacturing capacity there.

KraussMaffei, Netstal combine operations in China

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 19th, 2011

The two companies, long sister firms within the same group, will combine their operations in China, a country where Netstal hopes to benefit from the much larger staff of KraussMaffei. "Big international customers really wanted us to grow here," explained Bernhard Merki, CEO of Netstal. The change is effective July 1.

China’s moldmaking bonanza plays in DME’s favor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 19th, 2011

The moldmaking industry in China continues to grow, even as it also bounces back in North America and Europe, sign that a growing global economy can lift moldmakers' ships around the world. Here in Guangzhou at this year's Chinaplas trade show, Bruce Wasilewski, managing director for DME's operations in Asia, Europe and North America, spoke with PlasticsToday about how his company has changed to better serve the Chinese moldmaking market.

Momentive and SSI partner on drug-eluting silicone medical devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 19th, 2011

Silicone manufacturer Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Albany, NY) and silicone molder and extruder Specialty Silicone Fabricators (SSI; Paso Robles, CA) have announced plans to collaborate on so-called combination product medical devices.

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