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New PET recycling facility puts down roots in California

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2010

Backed by one of the industry's notable processors, with 100 million lb of PET recycling capacity planned for its start, CarbonLite Industries is putting down its roots in a new 220,000-ft2 facility in Riverside, CA. The plant is scheduled to come onstream in mid-2011. 

Plastics recycling technology wins prize from The Economist

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2010

News magazine The Economist is for the ninth time recognizing creativity with its Innovation Awards, and this year's awards ceremony will include Michael Biddle, founder and president of MBA Polymers, which works to separate polymeric materials from highly complex waste products. The company says it has recovered more than 100 million lb of plastic in the last three years.

JM Eagle calls class-action lawsuit 'parasitic'

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 17th, 2010

A class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on behalf of private water utilities and commercial property owners potentially seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from JM Eagle for knowingly supplying substandard PVC pipe for the transmission of water for fire hydrant systems, building fire suppression systems, potable water systems, and other applications.
 

Survey shows U.S. industrial companies hiring, increasing spending

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2010

The number of companies expecting increased revenue in 2010 doubled over last year from 24 to 51%, reflecting optimism about the recovering economy within the U.S. industrial sector. GlobalSpec's annual Industrial Indicator Survey also showed that 66% of those surveyed said company revenue is on target or above for 2010. According to GlobalSpec, the overall direction of the survey's data indicates that the economy is recovering, although some companies and sectors are recouping faster than others.

Processor plans cellulose-based film extrusion for its U.S. facility

By MPW Staff
Published: September 17th, 2010

Films processor and converter Innovia has had good success with its Natureflex compostable films in Europe, where the material has been specified for a number of packaging applications, and now the company's facility in Kansas will begin extruding these for the North American market.

Automotive molder adds ‘ecoskins’ for the iPhone 4 to its repertoire

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 17th, 2010

A British injection molder has been tasked with processing of recycled thermoplastic urethane for use as protective covers for the newest iPhone. Anokimobi, a Brighton, England-based marketer of bespoke promotional and retail products, is heading up sales of the covers.

Canon Communications changes hands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2010

Canon Communications LLC, the parent company of Injection Molding Magazine, Modern Plastics Worldwide, the PlasticsToday.com Web portal, and related digital and print products, plus the Plastec, Medtec, MD&M, and other industry-specific trade shows, has been acquired for $287 million by United Business Media, making it one of the largest business-to-business (B2B) publishing deals this year.

UPDATED: Husky to enter all-electric market at K with preform and medical machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Long associated with fully hydraulic, and more recently, hybrid hydraulic and electric technology for injection molding machines, Husky (Bolton, ON) will unveil two new all-electric injection molding systems at the K, with one targeting PET preform molders and the other for medical applications.

Teknor Apex buys DSM’s Sarlink TPV unit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Custom compounder Teknor Apex has acquired the Sarlink thermoplastic vulcanizate business unit from DSM, with plans to retain its employees and plants and keep selling the product under the Sarlink brand name. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details yet.

Solvent-less powder coating tech recognized with $50k prize

By MPW Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

An Australian materials scientists has been awarded the 2010 Victoria Prize and $50,000 for his development of a coating technology that uses solvent-less powder resins for powder coating, paints, and inks that adhere to plastics. The Victoria Prize recognizes exceptional achievement in science, engineering, or technology.

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