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Project seeks processors’ help to develop graphene-filled compounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

Processors, and especially those active in the automotive and consumer goods sectors, have the opportunity to join a project to demonstrate how the mechanical, electrical, thermal and barrier properties of thermoplastics can be improved by introducing graphene to the material. Twelve companies and four research institutes already are participating. Companies would have input into the specification of properties, applications, and markets.

Cereplast and Metabolix earnings reports show promise, challenge of bioplastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

The third-quarter earnings reports of bioplastics two publicly traded companies—Cereplast and Metabolix—highlight the huge potential of the market, as well as the hardships to be endured while production and product development ramp up. Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) posted record sales and gross profits in the third quarter, boosted by a 10-point increase in margins and the consummation of two large deals.

Songwon, additive supplier on the move, sees continued growth opportunities

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 16th, 2010

Ensuring a stable supply of raw materials has become a critical task for success in the plastics processing industry.  With that in mind and in light of his company's recent growth, we interviewed Maurizio Butti, CEO of plastic additives supplier Songwon Intl., who has helped oversee a doubling of its sales since 2005.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 8-12: PE, PP inch higher; producer polyolefin inventories climb

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 16th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were relatively quiet last week, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), with minimal fresh offers and firming prices. Polyethylene (PE) maintained its strength and edged slightly higher, while polypropylene (PP) also inched up $0.005/lb, as the widespec market continued to close the discount to prime.

With CTE even lower, odds increase for Noryl's use in large automotive parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

With its coefficient of thermal expansion reduced by 20-40% compared to previous grades of the compound, the odds have improved that the PA/PPE blend can further hack away at metal's hold on the market for larger automotive panels.

Major acquisition strengthens pallet pooler’s plastics properties

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 15th, 2010

Brambles Ltd., which owns CHEP, the world's largest pooler of pallets, will acquire reusable plastic container molder IFCO Systems for more than $1.2 billion. The acquisition, once complete, will give Brambles, now with most of its revenues generated through wood pallet pooling, a strong footprint in the market for injection molded crates and other containers used to ship and store foodstuffs and other products.

MeadWestvaco acquires Italian molder of trigger sprayers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 15th, 2010

MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV; Richmond, VA) has acquired injection molded trigger-sprayer manufacturer Spray Plast SpA (Romano d'Ezzelino, Italy), saying the company will enhance its Home & Garden business in Europe. The company's all-plastic trigger sprayers are used in the consumer and professional markets, with the deal expected to close in the fourth quarter.

SCARA robot covers all bases, and rapidly to boot

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 15th, 2010

Superior cycle times and larger work envelope access are the key traits of the latest long-reach, zero-footprint RS4 robot from Epson Robots (Carson, CA). "Unique to the Epson RS4 arm is our new workspace design which maximizes work envelope usage," states Michael Ferrara, Director of Epson Robots. "The unique arm structure of Epson RS-Series robots utilizes the entire workspace underneath the arm, defeating the "old" SCARA design limitations so there is no dead space in the center of the work envelope.

B&C Q&A #2: Talking construction with Klaus Kaufmann

By MPW Staff
Published: November 12th, 2010

Population growth and climate change have turned water into a scarce resource. The infrastructure measures required to meet the resulting demand over the long term imply higher sales of plastics products, such as pipes. The top executive at one of the world's leading extrusion systems companies, Klaus Kaufmann, managing director Unicor GmbH (Hassfurt, Germany), shared in an exclusive interview with MPW his insight into the construction industry. Kaufmann's company specializes in corrugator systems.

New nanoclay additives pack big, and functional, punch

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 12th, 2010

If you've paid attention to the additives market through the years, then you've heard of nanoclays, and probably wrote them off as a small-scale niche product about 10 years ago. But a supplier out of Valencia, Spain says its use of different types of clays and its ability to add functionality to the nanoparticles means these additives' best days are still ahead of them.

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