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Strong Asian ETP demand prompts BASF China expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 14th, 2011

"In the next five years the engineering thermoplastics (ETP) market in Asia is expected to grow at about 8% per annum," says Hermann Althoff, Sr. VP of BASF's engineering plastics unit in Asia Pacific. In a vote of confidence for the company's ability to tap this burgeoning demand, the company recently announced its intent to boost compounding capacity in Shanghai, China, for polyamide and PBT engineering thermoplastics by 65,000 tonnes/year spread over two phases, whereby overall capacity will reach 110,000 tonnes/year by 2015.

Patent issued for technology and device to check mold vents

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 14th, 2011

Improper mold venting can, and frequently does, cause a multitude of processing problems, but now a patented, scientific method and device to help check for proper venting conditions is on the way.

Plastic materials: Electric vehicle charger is greener with Sabic's Valox iQ

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 14th, 2011

The American electrical devices and systems supplier Leviton Mfg. selected Valox iQ resin for the housing of its new portable charger for electric vehicles (EV), thus adding more green to the EV picture. Based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Valox iQ incorporates PCR PET feedstock for a 34%-47% reduction in CO2 and process energy.

Is 2011 the year that thermoformers invest in energy efficient heating?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 14th, 2011

Infrared heating technology supplier Ceramicx says last fall's K exhibition confirmed that a large portion of the thermoforming industry is ready "to look at their heating methods and energy usage." Ceramicx founder and managing director, Frank Wilson, said that he is amazed at the number of thermoformers that "see no need to measure the energy consumption on their machines."

TPE compounder Elasto adds distribution network in China

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 14th, 2011

Thermoplastic elastomers compounder Elasto has entered into a distribution agreement with Telko Shanghai to have the latter company develop sales of its products in China. Telko, part of Finland's Aspo Group conglomerate, will be responsible for the market development and sales of Elasto's range of Dryflex thermoplastic elastomers based on SBS, SEBS, TPV and TPO.

FAME aims to ease in-mold labeling adoption

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 13th, 2011

With the in-mold labeling (IML) business in North America starts to grow as more brand owners explore their options with this technology, new challenges have also grown. To help meet the growing demand for IML systems and solve the challenges that can arise with these sophisticated molding manufacturing cells, a new company has been formed. 

Could Chinese New Year work stoppages cause havoc in Western firms?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2011

Returning from Christmas and New Year's vacation on Jan. 3, employees at companies in the West may have assumed they still had a four-week window to place and have orders shipped from their Chinese suppliers before the Chinese New Year and subsequent two-week holiday period impacted that country's manufacturing. In 2011 the Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 3, but Hellen Zhang, marketing manager at injection mold manufacturer Bluestar Mould in Shenzhen, predicts many Chinese companies effectively only have 50% of their workforce available by Jan. 22.

Plastics packaging: UFLEX starts new BOPP film plant in Egypt, adds capacity in Mexico

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 13th, 2011

One of the five largest flexible films processors in the world recently expanded its capacity yet again, this time with the commissioning of a new greenfield BOPP film plant in Egypt. The company, based in India, also is adding capacity in Mexico and even eyeing possible expansion in Europe.

New PVD finishes helping thermoset molder Mar-Bal add employees and orders

By MPW Staff
Published: January 13th, 2011

Fifteen new players are expected to join the team at thermoset plastics compounder and molder Mar-Bal Inc., as the company seems to have hit a home run with its investment in new technology for adding a PVD finish to products made with thermoset plastics.

Plastics compounding: PolyOne invests in new Innovation Center

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2011

The supplier of plastic compounds and thermoplastic elastomers has invested more than $1.2 million in its established facility in Gaggenau, Germany to build a new Innovation Center there. Customers can use the facility and its equipment for development, testing, process optimization and color matching.

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