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Plastics pricing: Asian propylene prices leap higher on plant shutdowns


By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

In Asia, spot prices for propylene went up sharply during the past week as prices gained $60/ton on an FOB Korea basis. Coupled with other recent jumps, the price has risen in the triple digits in dollar terms—about $125 per ton—since the beginning of February.

SABIC and ExxonMobil choose Saudi site for elastomer JV

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

SABIC and ExxonMobil Chemical have chosen the Jubail Industrial City as the site for their new elastomers project joint venture, which has moved into the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase.

Automotive plastics: Bayraktlar enters German market with odelo acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2011

Turkish family-owned Bayraktarlar Holding has acquired Germany-based odelo Group. For Bayraktarlar, the acquisition expands its European automotive lighting business and gives it its first market footing in Germany. The Turkish company says it plans to invest in new technology at odelo and will honor the German company's existing collective labor agreements.

Rethinking the injection molding machine

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 28th, 2011

Can one inventor change the way plastics is injection molded using a homemade machine from his basement? Rick Fitzpatrick, a molding veteran with tool design stints at the former Courtesy Corp. (now Rexam) and Capsonic, has long questioned the current molding model of large machines and large multicavity molds, and for the last 10 years, he has manifested those doubts in smaller machines that re-imagine the molding process. His goal: "getting to the size of a machine that actually prepares plastic economically."

Frito Lay hears consumer complaints, quiets bioplastic SunChips bag

By MPW Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

Spreading the news via the same social media that undermined the product to begin with, Frito Lay announced via Twitter it would relaunch its polylactic-acid (PLA) based compostable bag for SunChips, now in a quieter version.

Plastics packaging: Davis-Standard pilot film line proving its worth

By MPW Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

A new pilot line for film extrusion at the company’s plant in Bridgewater, NJ gives processors the opportunity to run tests to gauge the value of Davis-Standard’s triple lip air ring and vertex die, both of which are mounted on this line. According to the manufacturer, early users of the line have been impressed enough to invest in new equipment for their established film extrusion lines.

Invista revisits nylon 6,6 plans for China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

Invista is moving forward with plans to construct a specialty chemicals and nylon 6,6 manufacturing facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, reinitiating work it had temporarily abandoned during the global slowdown.

Bluestar Silicones expanding U.S. manufacturing, R&D in Charlotte, NC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 28th, 2011

Bluestar Silicones USA (East Brunswick, NJ) says it will acquire a large manufacturing facility in Charlotte, NC to expand its North American manufacturing and R&D operations, and will relocate its current manufacturing operations in Ventura, CA and Rock Hill, SC to the new site by mid-2013.

Are you taking advantage of tax breaks for equipment purchases?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 25th, 2011

In two recent PlasticsToday.com features, it was noted that sales of machine tools and plastics processing equipment are at their highest level in years. Could this be the result of the tax credits on machinery and equipment purchases that have been extended?

Röchling Automotive adds injection molding site in Akron

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 25th, 2011

Röchling Group's (Mannheim, Germany) automotive business will build its seventh U.S. manufacturing site in Akron, OH to support customers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. Investing "double-digit millions" in the plant, Röchling says the finished campus will include production and storage facilities covering a total of 75,000 ft2.

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