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Aluminum molds or steel? In this test, Al is the clear winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 31st, 2011

Debates about the efficacy of aluminum injection molds versus those made from steel continues, with steel still the most-used material but aluminum being specified for more and more projects. Aluminum molds really started to grab processors' attention about 10 years ago. Since then, processors in a number of end-use markets, most notably automotive and white goods, have begun to adopt the material for an increasing share of their tooling needs.

Plastics packaging: Plastic tube merger creates world leader

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 31st, 2011

In a matchup it claims creates the global leader in plastic and laminate tubes, Albéa, until July 2010 known as Alcan Packaging Beauty, has acquired laminate tubes processor Betts Group. The purchase gives Albéa a broader global footprint to include substantial capacity in India, where another leader in global laminate tube production, Essel Propack, is headquartered.

Plastics packaging machine merger as Brückner acquires PackSys (Updated Feb.2)

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 31st, 2011

The Brückner Group has acquired all shares of PackSys Global, a manufacturer of specialized equipment for the packaging industry with annual sales of about CHF 70 million ($74.37 million). PackSys Global (PSG) designs and builds full lines for aluminum, plastic and laminate tubes, metal and plastic closures and monobloc aerosol cans, as well as dry offset printing systems.

Barrier packaging: Automation specialist develops reliable PP/EVOH co-injection system

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 28th, 2011

Incremental progress in barrier package design has been the case for years, but automation systems manufacturer Waldorf Technik believes it may have made a major leap forward with two new technologies.

INEOS Phenol and Sinopec to build China’s largest phenol/acetone plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

INEOS Phenol and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. have reached a framework agreement on the design and future operation of a 400,000-tonnes/yr phenol/acetone joint venture at the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China—the largest plant of its kind in China.

Key Plastics consolidates U.S. operations with Indiana plant closure

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

Automotive supplier Key Plastics (Northville, MI) will close its Hartford City, IN site, consolidating injection molding handled there into its other North American manufacturing sites over the course of 2011. A Key Plastics spokesperson told PlasticsToday that the Indiana plant had injection molding, assembly, and painting capabilities focused on the creation of interior and exterior door handles, as well as additional interior trim and airbag components. The facility has 215 employees, 184 of them full time.

Plastics supplier puts muscle behind new lab focused 100% on plastics in photovoltaics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

Plastics' use in solar energy applications is taking off as is processors' own use of solar arrays to help trim their power bills. Now, one of the world's leading plastics suppliers, Arkema, has teamed with experts from France's Institut National de l'Energie Solaire to create the first private/public mixed research laboratory dedicated to the development of polymer materials for photovoltaic technologies.

Awards recognize innovative research papers on polyolefins, olefins or melamine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

Polyolefins supplier Borealis has named the 2010 recipients of its Borealis Student Innovation Award. The award, presented annually since 2008, recognizes innovative research papers on polyolefins, olefins or melamine for master's and doctorate degree students. The winners were presented with an award, certificate and monetary prize at Borealis' annual Innovation Day on January 20 in Porvoo, Finland.

Award highlights outstanding plastics research

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

For the fourth time, Quadrant, an international supplier of high-end thermoplastics and composite plastics, awarded its Quadrant Award to recognize outstanding research work being conducted on polymers and plastics. This was the fourth iteration of the international award.

Solar power: one processor buys three companies, another invests in its own solar array

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 27th, 2011

Three acquisitions announced this week give the Greiner Group entry into a new business field, the market for renewable energies and solar thermal energy, where it hopes to profit from its plastics processing prowess. In related news, custom injection and blowmolder Microdyne Plastics recently installed 2600 solar panel units on the company's roof, an investment its management expects will reduce future energy costs by 35%.

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