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Wittmann Battenfeld reports strong recovery in sales, demand

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 21st, 2010

Starting last November, according to Wittmann Battenfeld's David Preusse, an unanticipated expansion in business began that has since snowballed into an "overwhelming" recovery. President of Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. (Torrington, CT), the North American arm of the Austrian supplier of injection molding machines, automation, and auxiliaries, Preusse said that in the U.S., the company currently has an $11 million backlog in its robot segment alone, with the current bookings level 97% higher than last year.

Beyond K, Chinaplas prepared to welcome processors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 21st, 2010

The K show opens its doors next week, but for processors looking ahead on the plastics tradeshow landscape, the next big event really is just around the corner. Chinaplas is scheduled for May 17-20, 2011, and the show's organizers say they will be at the K offering attendees special offers for their event.

CeDo’s ‘green cred’ could make waves in U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 21st, 2010

Europe's market leader in household disposables, CeDo, has settled on the PLMA private label tradeshow next month in Chicago as the launch pad for the processor's efforts to make waves in the North American market. CeDo is best known in Europe for its EcoMin range of trashcan liners made from recyclate, and other household disposables.  

One week before K, BASF raises full-year outlook for 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 21st, 2010

On the eve of K, German-based petrochemicals and plastics giant BASF (Ludwigshafen) has raised its full-year outlook on the basis of third-quarter sales increasing 23% to €15.8 billion, with earnings before income taxes (EBIT) soaring 122% to €2.15 billion, as it anticipates that 2010 will eclipse its previous peak years of 2007 and 2008. Over the first nine months of 2010, sales rose 27% to €47.5 billion, while EBIT before special items increased 89% to €6.4 billion, and EBIT rose 127% to €6.1 billion.

Expanded PBT range for E/E applications cuts halogen, boosts performance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 21st, 2010

Avoiding the impact to mechanical performance that can occur from eliminating halogen content in flame-retardant polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) has launched three new additions to its Valox ENH family of resins that it says deliver advanced flame retardance (FR), as well as mechanical and electrical performance, to the electrical and electronics (E/E) industry.

New at the K show: Cyclic olefin copolymer optimized for tough applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

Advancements in this supplier's metallocene catalyst technology have enabled it to develop new grades for both injection molding and blowmolding that are said to offer enhanced processability, high heat resistance and superior aesthetics. Applications are foreseen in the medical and food packaging fields, among others.

The supplier, TOPAS Advanced Polymers, will unveil the new materials next week at the plastics industry's leading exhibition, the K show (Oct. 27-Nov. 3) in Düsseldorf, Germany. TOPAS is at the K at Stand 8aC28.

American moldmakers still sound optimistic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 20th, 2010

The Fall 2010 Business Forecast Survey of the American Mold Builders Assn. reveals that the economic recovery has been sustained over the past three months as business continues getting better for a majority of respondents. The quarterly survey revealed that current business conditions improved significantly over the previous three months, with 15% of the respondents saying that business is “Excellent”—up six percentage points from 9% of the respondents in the Summer 2010 survey. This is the best percentage for this category in several years.

LME to delist plastics futures

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

Five years after they launched, the London Metal Exchange (LME) has decided to pull the plug on its plastics futures contracts for polypropylene and linear low-density polyethylene, with the last prompt date for all existing contracts to be April 29, 2011. The decision to delist the contract was taken by the LME's board, on the basis of a recommendation by its executive committee. As part of the move, the exchange has decided that the costs of withdrawing outstanding warrants from the LMEsword depository will be waived.

Microorganisms present renewable path to nylon forerunners

By MPW Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

With two additional patents in hand, Genomatica (San Diego, CA) says it's securing the intellectual property around a greener path to nylon. The first patent, awarded from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described microorganisms for the production of adipic acid and other compounds, creating a renewable path to key intermediate chemicals used to produce nylon. The second patent covers methods and organisms for utilizing synthesis gas or other gaseous carbon sources and methanol.

Clariant inaugurates China headquarters in Shanghai, local sales climb 30%

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

Specialty chemicals company Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) has officially opened its new Greater China headquarters in Shanghai, with the site including a technical application center for pigments. Clariant also announced the start-up of its new Quinacridon pigment joint venture in Hangzhou. According to Hariolf Kottmann, Clariant CEO, the company has seen a 30% increase in sales in China, more than returning its investment of 150 million Swiss francs (CHF) over the last two and a half years.

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