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Masterbatch aims to help medical device processors using COCs and Tritan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

At Clariant, the marketing effort for its most recent development is targeted at processors of medical devices and packaging, specifically those who work with materials such as the Tritan copolyester from Eastman Chemical and Topas cyclic olefin copolymer.

Plastics packaging: Conference leads off with Heinz’s reason for switching to Coke’s PlantBottle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

Last month, condiments brand owner Heinz announced it would specify The Coca-Cola Company's plant-based plastic bottle to package its ketchup in the U.S. and then expand its use worldwide. At an upcoming conference scheduled for this June in NYC, Heinz's VP for packaging R&D/innovation will explain his company's reasons for the transition to the non-traditional material.

Telles transitions to commercial phase for PHA bioplastic in 2011

By MPW Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Telles says its Mirel bioplastic business will enter the commercial phase in the middle of 2011, with the company's Clinton, IA commercial manufacturing facility to reach its designed annual production capacity of 110 million lb by the middle of 2013.

MWW Automotive and Harmony sign collaboration deal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

MWW Automotive and Harmony Systems and Services (Piqua, OH) have reached an agreement to combine their design, injection molding, assembly and extrusion capabilities to supply the automotive market. MWW Automotive, a design, engineering, and manufacturing firm, will collaborate with Harmony, a plastics molding, extrusion, and assembly company to expand production of automotive injection and extruded products to MWW's automotive and industrial customers.

In matchmaking role, Sierra pairs excess capacity with companies in need

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 11th, 2011

Many processors have some excess machine time they would like to sell, but the sales team's focus is on finding customers for products, not machine time. Helping to match excess machine and assembly capacity with potential customers is Sierra Manufacturing Services, a recently formed business started by Bruce Kozak, who has experience in the plastics processing machinery industry with Milacron, Cannon and Spirex, as well as a stint in financial services with Morgan Stanley.

Blowmolding: Nissei ASB reaches milestone with PET container machine

By MPW Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Blowmolding machinery manufacturer Nissei ASB Co. introduced the ASB-70DPH one-step injection stretch blowmolding machine in 1986 and now, 25 years later, is set to cross a milestone with the scheduled delivery of its 1,000th machine. Delivery in the second quarter of this year is to Novatex North America, the Ashland, OH-based manufacturer of baby bottles and bottle nipples, pacifiers, and other infant care products.

Smart blender control options for injection, extrusion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Bringing together control technology developed for its TrueBlend family of gravimetric polymer blenders and the TrueBlend EXT extrusion-control system, Conair (Cranberry Twp., PA) is now offering three distinct blender-control options for both extruders and injection-molders.

Plastic bag backlash: Can recycling programs beat back anti-bag fervor?

By MPW Staff
Published: March 10th, 2011

North Carolinians are being encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle their plastics grocery bags, with the state becoming the fourth in the U.S. to join the "A Bag's Life" recycling education movement. The program helps consumers find the roughly 1200 grocery and retail store drop off sites for plastic bags across North Carolina.

Injection molding: Husky acquiring closure mold maker KTW

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 10th, 2011

Husky's hunt to acquire a closure molder is complete. Husky Injection Molding Systems, the manufacturer of injection molding machines, hot runners and molds for PET preforms, reports it will acquire plastic closure mold manufacturer KTW. Husky likely will divest KTW's custom molding business to avoid any conflict of interest with its customers.

Chicago named AMBA Chapter of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2011

The Chicago chapter was named the Chapter of the Year at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) in Las Vegas. Chicago was the birthplace of the AMBA, and the Chicago chapter was the first chapter after the organization’s founding.  Currently, the Chicago chapter has 38 member companies. The Chicago chapter received a check from Progressive Components for $5000 to use in its efforts to promote mold making and the mold manufacturing industry in its area.
   

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