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Plastics guy for U.S. Senate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2010

Nobody knows what small-business owners need from government more than a small-business owner, which is one reason Ron Johnson says he's running for Senate in Wisconsin. Johnson, owner of Pacur Inc., a custom sheet extruding company in Oshkosh, WI, threw his hat into the ring and is running against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, a three-term incumbent. Johnson, a Republican, has noted that he's aware of the many issues that face small-business owners such as himself.

Plant expansion prompted by demand for high-end polypropylene

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2010

Growing demand for high-performance, specialty polypropylene (PP) in end uses including pipes, film and healthcare applications, has prompted supplier LyondellBasell to increase the capacity of its PP plant in Brindisi, Italy.

Used machinery trader adds Turkey to its territory

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2010

MachinePoint, a leading trader for used plastics processing machinery in Europe, continues its international expansion with plans to open a new sales office in Istanbul, Turkey. The company's most previous international expansion was two years ago with the opening of sales offices in North Africa and India. It also has a physical presence in Russia, France and Poland.

Arburg marks 10 years in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2010

Founded in August 2001, Arburg Brazil celebrated its 10-year presence in the South American country with a Sept. 15 event at its São Paulo facility. Managing partner Renate Keinath and managing director sales Helmut Heinson were present at the event, noting that the German supplier of injection molding machinery is among the market leaders in the so-called premium sector.

Starlim//sterner adds 250th Engel for LSR molding

By IMM Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2010

As part of an intensive expansion of its facilities in Germany and Italy, with double-figure million euro investment, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molder starlim//sterner (Marchtrenk, Austria) took delivery of its 250th Engel injection molding machine. Starlim//sterner uses tiebarless Engels at its plants in Austria, Canada, Italy, and Germany.

Plastic Disclosure Project asks companies to track plastics use, calls for 'management and governance' of the material

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2010

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has initiated the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) as a means to track and report the amount of plastic used inside businesses, with an end goal of adopting new designs and reducing waste. Launched under his Clinton Global Initiative, and in conjunction with Project Kaisei, ASrIA (The Assn.

Husky reaches supply deal with Toyo for new all-electric machines’ components, assemblies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

Husky Injection Molding Systems (Bolton, ON) has formed a strategic supply agreement with Japan's Toyo Machinery and Metal Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) to source unspecified "components and assemblies" for its new all-electric molding machines, which will launch at K. The components and assemblies will be integrated into Husky's new all-electric preform molding system, the H-PET AE, as well as its medical-focused H-MED AE systems.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 13-17: PE, PP down; half of September contract increases accepted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

Market overview: Spot resin activity picked last week, as prices moved slightly lower and offered volumes increased as some suppliers sought to sell additional material into quarter-end. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) said that overall buying interest was somewhat muted, as processors still seem content with their inventory levels and are looking to limit purchases that include the September price increases that average $0.05/lb for polyethylene and polypropylene.

Monthly recycled resin report launched

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

In response to requests from plastics recyclers to develop a report for their market segment, as well as the rapid growth of the segment, petrochemical reporting firm PetroChem Wire (PCW; Houston) announced that it will launch a monthly market price publication that provides a snapshot of pricing trends for reprocessed and recycled plastic. PCW's Repro/Regrind Report will serve a market that PCW says has more than tripled during recent years.

Coex layer gives PC sheet better scores on energy efficiency

By MPW Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

This supplier of the Calibre brand of polycarbonate says it has developed a special transparent near infrared grade of the material that, when coextruded onto transparent polycarbonate sheet used in construction applications, can help make buildings more energy efficient by reducing solar heating.

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