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Used machine market ‘back to normal’

By MPW Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

The recession of 2008/2009 turned a lot of markets on their heads, among them the one in used plastics processing machinery. Now, though, says this experienced dealer, the market's dynamics have returned to normal, and demand from processors in some markets, among them Latin America, are red hot. High-end machine brands continue to hold their value.

Replacing steel, PA-11 gas pipe connects two Texas cities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Resin supplier Arkema (Philadelphia, PA) and pipe systems specialist Georg Fischer Central Plastics (GFCP; Shawnee, OK) announced that Atmos Energy Corp has completed a 10.5-mile installation of 4-inch Hyperplast polyamide-11 gas pipe—replacing a steel pipe connecting the city gates of Coolidge, TX and Hubbard, TX—on schedule, under budget, and with no need for federal or state waivers.

Top 10 tips for transfer tooling

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 11th, 2010

Tooling transfers continue to happen in "epic proportions," according to a specialist in mold moves. Here he offers 10 tips for successful tool transfers.

Solvay building plastics compounding plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay joins a growing list of large plastics suppliers with recent announcements of compounding capacity increases in China. For its part, Solvay today (Oct. 11) announced it is investing €21 million in a new compounding facility to be located in the company's site in Changshu, China.   

Any given Sunday, Milliken’s PP composite makes for lighter, stronger shoulder pads

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2010

Sporting goods equipment supplier Riddell has chosen Milliken's Tegris thermoplastic composite for its next generation of shoulder pads, the LightSpeed. Tegris is primarily used as a composite armor material in military tactical vehicles, with some additional applications in motorsports, watersports, and construction applications. Milliken says its use here results in the lightest shoulder pads in football.

When life serves you lemons, pack their juice in bioplastic bottles

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 8th, 2010

Italian fruit juice bottler Polenghi expects to use PLA, a plant-based plastic, in up to 10 million extrusion blowmolded bottles. For the brand owner, the switch is proving relatively easy on its capital budget, with no need to change machinery or tooling.

Sustainability pervades Pack Expo competition, and so do plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2010

The 10 finalists in the Pack Expo Selects competition offer a variety of approaches to sustainability, many of them featuring waste reduction, yet almost all of them are made entirely or mostly of plastics. You can check them out and vote for your favorite online or at the show.

All-in-one silo, hopper, and machine feed system

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 8th, 2010

A hopper/mini silo system fabricated from HDPE that not only functions as a dry-bulk hopper and storage silo but also as a machine feed hopper that does not require constant operator attention, is "intended to replace the cardboard gaylord and wooden pallets that have been used in the plastic processing industry for years," according to its developer, David Wheatley.

Sidel opens South African subsidiary

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2010

Present in South Africa for 30 years through its agent, the Sidel Group has created its own subsidiary in the country as a center from which to service its installed base of more than 400 pieces of equipment in Southern Africa. Since June the Johannesburg-based company has acted as the home base to support all countries in Southern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Innovation, collaboration, and policy keys to U.S. manufacturing success

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 7th, 2010

The American Mold Builders Assn. went to Washington, DC (Sept. 28-30), and members came away from their annual Fall Conference event hopeful that the input members of the Senate and House of Representatives received from the nearly 40 attendees will make a difference for manufacturing in the United States.

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