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TI Automotive gets massive order from VW for blowmolded plastic fuel tanks, lines

By MPW Staff
Published: October 6th, 2010

The Tier One automotive supplier has been tasked by the world's second-largest carmaker to supply it with six million plastic filler pipes as well as up to 3 million fuel tank systems. TI Automotive's award-winning "ship-in-a-bottle" fuel tank design will be used for the blowmolded tanks.

Plastics lids recognized by WSJ, and soon bound for U.S., Europe

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 6th, 2010

On the heels of its recognition by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most innovative technologies for 2010, Australian packaging developer Smart Lid Systems has announced it will take its packaging to the U.S., first importing the thermoformed lids but eventually finding a domestic processor to take up the work.

Blowmolded three-layer plastic tanks receive CARB, EPA approval

By MPW Staff
Published: October 6th, 2010

The blowmolding grade of Solvay Advanced Polymers' reformulated Ixef BXT 2000-0203 polyarylamide has been approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a barrier material for three-layer fuel tank systems for lawnmowers, snow blowers, weed trimmers, generators, and other small off-road equipment. First commercial use in such an application is expected in 2011, says the supplier.

ISM report contains potentially troubling signs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 6th, 2010

While economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September 2010 for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 17th consecutive month, the numbers also show a weakening that taints the picture. The latest ISM Manufacturing Report on Business, issued Oct. 1 by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, CPM, and chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, while positive, isn’t all that rosy.

Sabic adds PP compounding to MS site, sees auto opportunities for Stamax long-glass-fiber composites

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 5th, 2010

Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) is adding polypropylene (PP) compounding to its Bay St. Louis, MS site, including planned production of its Stamax long-glass-fiber-reinforced PP composites, with an eye on the automotive market.

Post-consumer PET recycler plans new $25 million Indiana facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles recycler Perpetual Recycling Solutions will invest more than $25 million to purchase and repurpose an existing 100,000-ft2 facility in Richmond, IN into a new production facility, creating up to 55 jobs by 2012. Founded in 1989 as Pure Tech Plastics LLC, the company converts plastic soda, juice, and water bottles into flake and resin pellets, with FDA approval to use the scrap in new food and beverage packaging.

Report shows U.S. manufacturing technology consumption way up from '09

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

The Assn. for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Assn. (AMTDA), released July’s report on manufacturing technology consumption. The report, released September 13, revealed that July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 million, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program. That is up 10.1% from June, and up 72.6% from the total of $154.13 million reported for July 2009. With a YTD total of $1,473.79 million, 2010 is up 58.9% compared with 2009.

3D Systems acquires affordable 3D printer maker

By MPW Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

"With the acquisition of Bits From Bytes, 3D Systems takes the next major step towards democratizing access to 3D printing—a stated strategic direction and ongoing commitment," said Abe Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 27-Oct. 1: PE mixed; PP down; October contract increases of $0.03-$0.04/lb proposed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

Market overview: The resin markets quieted last week with limited month-end trading activity, mixed polyethylene (PE) prices, and lower polypropylene prices. Offer volumes continued to grow, but relatively few spot transactions were concluded, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Processors in need of material remain buyers, while most other market participants displayed caution.

Film extrusion: Amcor buys a supplier to get firm footing in the CPP business

By MPW Staff
Published: October 4th, 2010

Global plastics packaging processor Amcor has bought its way into the cast polypropylene films market with its recent acquisition of Italian CPP film extrusion processor B-Pack Due (Venturina, Italy), part of The Colines Group and formerly one of Amcor's suppliers.

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