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OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer falls

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 23rd, 2011

The Supplier Sentiment Index for March 2011 fell slightly to 66 from 71 in January, as more suppliers are feeling “somewhat more pessimistic.” That is according to the latest survey results from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), released March 16. While suppliers are more comfortable with production releases from the automotive OEMs and sales levels, the changing sentiment is in response to the increasing oil prices and conflict in the Middle East, the report noted.
   

Halogen-free PC/PBT blends rated V0

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2011

Non-reinforced and glass-fiber-reinforced, halogen-free, flame-retardant PC/PBT blends from Romira GmbH (Pinneberg, Germany) are said to boast significantly better stress crack and chemical resistance compared with PC/ABS FR blends. The partially crystalline PBT component functions to greatly increases their distortion temperature while improving the surface characteristics of molded products, especially in the case of the glass-fiber-reinforced compounds.

Plastics recycling: Erema’s customers benefit from new test center 


By Matt Defosse
Published: March 22nd, 2011

Plastics recycling machinery manufacturer Erema is making a major investment in a new Customer Test Center at its Austrian headquarters, according to Andreas Dirnberger, Erema’s vice president of sales. He explains, “This investment enables us to separate trial runs for customers or prospective customers from trial runs for internal research and development. Currently Erema runs approximately 400 technical tests and experiments for customers per year.

Unconventional gas a boon to ExxonMobil’s plastics profits

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2011

ExxonMobil is riding an unprecedented gap in the price differential between crude oil and natural gas, as well as an explosion in its own gas holdings, to record profits in its plastics/chemicals business, while nonintegrated producers or those that rely on petroleum-derived naphtha get squeezed. On March 21, as Brent crude, a European benchmark and West Texas Intermediate, a U.S.

TPE resin pricing, March 14-18: PE up $0.01/lb, PP flat; monomers on the rise as market goes bullish

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2011

Market overview: Spot resin trading was good last week, with average volume in material offerings and steady-to-higher prices supported by rising feedstock costs. Spot polyethylene prices mostly rose $0.01/lb as producers gained momentum in their bid to raise March contracts by $0.02/lb, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). If successful, this would complete the $0.05/lb increase originally proposed, with $0.03/lb already implemented in February.

Barrier packaging: Tuna fish moving from metal to plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 22nd, 2011

In an interview with PlasticsToday during the Medtec trade show in Stuttgart, Germany, Wolfgang Czizegg, CEO at Waldorf Technik, which makes robotics and automation for injection molding cells, confirmed his company is part of a team tasked to create an injection molding cell for an as-yet unnamed brand owner that wants to test whether its tuna fish can be packed and marketed in plastics packaging rather than in metal tins.

World demand for cups and lids still strong

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2011

World demand for cups and lids is projected to rise 5% per year to $23.4 billion in 2014, according to the latest study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Factors contributing to rising demand will include growth in foodservice revenues and trends toward convenience-oriented food options as a result of fast-paced lifestyles and increasing personal income levels.

Tips of the trade: Successfully defending your price takes gumption, smarts and planning

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 21st, 2011

In his presentation to the American Mold Builders Association on March 3, Stephen Rose, practice lead Automotive & Commercial with Kotler Marketing Group, provided AMBA Convention attendees with the "Five Habits of Effective Price Defenders."

Plastic additives: Pipe processors, and others, benefit as Dover doubles, and then doubles again, its antioxidant capacity

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 21st, 2011

Plastic additives and chemicals supplier Dover Chemicals recently doubled the capacity it has available for its patented Doverphos S-9228 high-performance phosphite antioxidant. Buyers of these additives tend to be plastics suppliers and plastics compounders, but the real benefactors will be processors, including those of polyethylene water pipe and tanks, explained Dover's Jack Teat in an interview with PlasticsToday.

First Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower molding system running in UK

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2011

While attendees crowded around the new-generation Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower molding production system at the K 2010 show last October, the RKT Centre for Polymer, Micro and Nano Technology (Bradford, UK) was finalizing its purchase of the first one to be delivered. It's running now and, coupled with computer/Internet technology, is opening new vistas for the Centre's clients.

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