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In its fifth iteration, bioplastics conference to tackle present challenges, future opportunities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

Last year's event drew more almost 400 attendees and, with interesting the materials continuing to gather pace, don't be surprised if the 5th European Bioplastics Conference, scheduled for Dec. 1-2 in Düsseldorf, Germany, brings in a crowd as large or larger.

As yet, say the oprganziers, more than 25 experts from all over the world have confirmed they will present at the event, while the adjacent exhibition also is filling its ranks.

Names in the News: Husky’s Urquhart, Demag’s Votinov and TKSC’s Al-Munifi

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

At Husky Injection Molding Systems—the Bolton, ON-based manufacturer of hot runners, PET perform molds, and injection molding machines—Carmen Lowe, its VP, North American sales since 2008, announced his intention to retire after 23 years with the company. Succeeding him will be Mike Urquhart, who since 2007 has been VP, Latin American sales and now will assume sales leadership responsibility for Husky's business throughout the Americas.

Integral secures sixth licensee for Electriplast conductive resin

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

Integral Technologies Inc. (Bellingham, WA), creator of the electrically conductive resin-based material called ElectriPlast, has sold its sixth license for the material. The undisclosed  licensee, which is described by Integral as "leading provider of military system solutions" will be using ElectriPlast in "highly reliable and durable military parts." Integral added that Electriplas will allow the customer to develop components "based on weight factors and harsh environments."

Non-halogen flame retardant additive applies 'micro nano silicon' technology

By MPW Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

A new non-halogen phosphate flame retardant additive utilizes proprietary "micro nano silicon" to provide flame retardancy in plastics. American Nano Silicon Technologies Inc. (Nanchong, China) is building out a production line with ultimate output of approximately 30,000 tons/yr. The first production line, with 5000 tons of capacity, will begin construction in October 2010, with full capacity reached by the summer of 2011.

Shini, Syncro extrusion equipment venture taking solid shape

By MPW Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

Hoping to help bridge the divide between the desire for low cost and the need for high-end technology, Shini-Syncro Extrusion Process Control (Dongguan) Inc. is the name of a recently formed business planning to supply extrusion equipment, primarily for film extrusion, to processors in China and throughout Asia.

China's extrusion market is growing rapidly, with more than 8000 lines installed each year in the country. Most are domestically manufactured but the total spend is drastically in favor of imported equipment.

Reichel to retire from KraussMaffei after 45 years

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

After 45 years with the company, Manfred Reichel will step down as CEO of KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH and head of extrusion at KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH effective Oct. 1, and be replaced by Hans Ulrich Golz. Golz, who will also join the managing board, comes to KM from MAG Powertrain GmbH (Eislingen, Germany), a manufacturer of machine tools and manufacturing systems, where he has served as chairman and CEO since 2008.

ACC releases third-quarter chemicals outlook; outside B&C, most markets rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

As the furious restocking of inventories that took place in the first half of 2010 waned over the summer months, underlying demand for chemicals, including plastics, remained weak. That assessment, from the American Chemistry Council's 3rd Quarter 2010 Situation & Outlook, which noted that although the recession ended in June 2009, nearly three years after it started, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) remains below its past peak.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 20-24: PP steady, PE up a penny; September contracts closing higher

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

Market overview: The resin markets saw renewed activity from buyers and sellers last week, as spot polypropylene (PP) prices were mostly steady, while average polyethylene (PE) prices gained a penny. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that contract negotiations have "heated up", with the major consultancies publishing a stronger settlement for September contracts than the spot market had indicated.

SABIC inaugurates Ultem production plant in Spain

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) has officially opened its new, €300 million Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin production facility in Cartagena, Spain, boosting global capacity for the high-heat material by 35%.

Hot runner quick-couple actuator eases assembly, disassembly, and valve-pin adjustment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

A patented quick-couple actuator reportedly enhances this company's readily removable and replaceable clamp plate design, reconfiguring a product that was previously available on a limited basis with certain hot runner nozzles so that it's now compatible with the company's entire global product line of valve gate hot runner systems.

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