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Specialty LCD film plant for Taiwan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2011

Responding to rising demand for LCD flat panel televisions, Toray Advanced Film Co. (Tokyo) plans to start up a polyethylene-based self-adhesive protective film plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The film is used during the manufacture of optical films and panels used in LCD displays.

Onex in “late-stage discussions” to sell Husky

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2011

Private equity firm Berkshire Partners is in late-stage discussions to acquire Husky Injection Molding Systems from its current owner, private equity investor, Onex, according to a April 19 Reuters report, but reached for comment, a Husky spokesperson could neither confirm or deny the story.

Braskem CEO talks Brazil, bioplastics in NYSE visit

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 19th, 2011

Brazil will need to build a new resin plant each year until 2020 to keep up with the booming country's burgeoning plastics demand. Carlos Fadigas, Braskem S.A. CEO, detailed his country's escalating hunger for plastics and Braskem's plans to help satiate that domestic demand while also expanding its reach outside South America.

Talent Talk - Weekly Jobs and Business Blog; Succession planning at all levels

By Paul Sturgeon
Published: April 19th, 2011

Question - My organization should have a succession plan for:

TPE resin pricing, April 11-15: PE dips $0.01/lb; PP up $0.02/lb; plastics catching up to raw material, energy inflation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 19th, 2011

Spot polyethylene (PE) eased a bit last week from the $0.04/lb gains it ran up in early April, while polypropylene (PP) jumped another $0.02/lb, lifting monthly increase to $0.08/lb. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that spot PE is still up about $0.03/lb for the month, with "substantial" price increases planned for April contracts.

Extrusion innovation contest opened; Suppliers applauded

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 19th, 2011

Extrusion systems manufacturer Reifenhäuser Group has been especially busy of late. In early April the company officially began accepting submissions for its inaugural Extrusioneers Innovation Contest, held under the motto "Thinking outside the box." Reifenhäuser is looking for the best ideas in terms of products, processes and machines.

Cereplast raises full-year outlook after strong first quarter

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2011

Sustainable plastics manufacturer Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) has raised its full-year outlook following a very successful first quarter. The company expects to report first-quarter revenue of $7.2 million, easily outstripping its first quarter guidance of $5.0-$6.5 million. Based on these preliminary results, the company has raised its full-year 2011 revenue guidance to $28.0-$34.0 million, up from its previously stated 2011 guidance of $24.0-$32.0 million.

Kuraray adds D-S extruder, Cloeren feedblock to R&D lab for barrier-film development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2011

Kuraray's Research and Technical Center in Pasadena, TX has installed a Davis-Standard cast coextrusion film-and-sheet pilot line for its EVAL group to test and develop film structures from seven to 21 layers using a Cloeren NanoLayer feed block.

Sonoco promotes paper over plastics for biodegradable plant pots

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 18th, 2011

Despite the many advances made in the past few years by bioplastics, it will not surprise plastics processors that paper remains a powerful competitor in many applications in which biodegradability is advantageous. A recent example of this stems from Hartsville, SC where packaging processor Sunoco is promoting its ReadyGrow paper plant pots as a sustainable alternative to plastic plant pots. However, the paper pots' durability is derived in large part from their oxo-biodegradable plastic lining.   

Recycled plastic spheres replace concrete in sustainability tour de force

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 18th, 2011

Make better use of plastic recylate, reduce weight and carbon emissions during shipping, and reduce the time and energy required during construction: these are some of the sustainable highlights realized by a new blowmolded application that makes use of the skills of plastics processor Meredith-Springfield. 

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