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TSRC builds elastomer business with Dexco purchase

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 4th, 2011

Taiwan Synthetic Rubber Corp. (TSRC) has boosted its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) capacity, global reach, and technology portfolio through the $168 million acquisition of Dexco Polymers LP, the ExxonMobil Chemical and Dow Chemical joint venture.

State certification should help Eagle Tool soar even higher

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2011

Injection mold manufacturer Eagle Tool has received a "Targeted Small Business" certification from its home state, Iowa. The Certification comes in handy when Eagle needs to take out a loan and also makes it more competitive in bidding for government projects.

Plastics supply mega-merger as Solvay buys Rhodia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2011

A huge merger in the ranks of plastics suppliers is set to take place as Solvay, which includes a broad range of high-end thermoplastics in its portfolio plus PVC and fluoropolymers, has launched a friendly cash offer for 100% of the share capital of Rhodia, which among other products markets engineering plastic compounds based on polyamide 6.6.

Wemo Automation names Ewikon as its exclusive North American sales and service provider

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2011

Wemo Automation AB (Bor, Sweden) has named Ewikon Molding Technologies Inc. (Rockford, IL) as the exclusive independent distributor and technical service center for its robotic systems in the U.S. and Canada. Wemo supplies a full range of automation products, including individual robots, gripper components, and safety enclosure cages, as well as complete automation systems.

Plastics processor, bioplastics supplier win right to bear BioPreferred labels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2011

Plastics processor ClearLam and plastics supplier NatureWorks are among the first companies whose products can bear the BioPreferred label. On March 31, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the first 60 products authorized to bear the new USDA BioPreferred product label.

Legal battle in China ends with battenfeld-cincinnati on top

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2011

After 7 years of litigation, the manufacturer of pipe, profile and sheet extrusion machinery has won its intellectual property rights lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer Donghua Machinery. "This case shows that it is worth fighting for one's rights, especially concerning intellectual property that has been developed for years with high effort," stated Jürgen Arnold, CEO of the battenfeld-cincinnati group of companies.   

Plastics pricing: Asian PVC suppliers have reason to smile. Processors don’t.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2011

Demand's up, supplies are tight and processors pay the piper. In China, overseas PVC producers have started to wrap up their April PVC business, with the done deal levels representing noticeable increases over March, reports plastics pricing service ChemOrbis. In Southeast Asia, April import prices are also emerging significantly higher due to bullish local markets across the region.
 

Spang & Brands’ key to medical molding success? Focus, focus, focus

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 31st, 2011

Twenty-five years of injection molding nothing but medical products, and no sign of change in the future; that, says Friedrich Echterdiek, managing director at injection molder Spang & Brands, has been a critical ingredient in the recipe to the company's ongoing success. Echterdiek spoke with PlasticsToday during last week's Medtec trade show in Stuttgart, Germany, where his company exhibited.

Class A composite parts straight out of the mold in minutes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2011

Wider use of composites in automobiles may be just around the corner based on recent developments at Australian advanced materials company Quickstep (North Coogee), which has reported successful completion of a proof-of-concept painted carbon fiber flat panel to Class A automotive quality. Moreover, it anticipates production costs on a par with steel in vehicles with low to medium production volumes

Mid-East plastic production capacity to jump 67% by 2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2011

In less then four years time, the annual plastic production capacity in the Gulf is set to nearly double from 18 million tonnes in 2011 to more than 30 million tonnes by 2015. The Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Assn. (GPCA) released those figures in advance of its second GPCA Plastics Summit, to be held April 4-6 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Festival City, Dubai.

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