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Injection molds: Conformal cooling lines improve with aerospace bonding tech

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 12th, 2011

Refrac Systems (Chandler, AZ), which was established in 1984 as a specialist in vacuum metallurgy and diffusion bonding, has formed a subsidiary, Die-Bond LLC, to provide Liquid Interface Diffusion (LID) bonding services on customer-supplied mold inserts and mold plates for custom plastic injection molds requiring conformal cooling channels.

TPE North American resin pricing, Jan. 3-7: PE mixed; PP rises another $0.04/lb with $0.15-$0.20/lb increases on the horizon

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 12th, 2011

Market overview: Buyer inquiries were plentiful and sellers were prevalent in the spot market's first full week of the new year, with a surprisingly good volume of offers for polyethylene (PE), in particular. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), said PE prices were mixed depending on the grade, while the polypropylene (PP) market continued its rapid rise unabated.

Intertech Plastics adds Cincinnati, Husky injection molding machines

By IMM Staff
Published: January 12th, 2011

Intertech Plastics has added presses, staff, and machine time, shifting to 24/7 operations in response to increased customer demand. The Denver-based custom injection molder and blowmolder recently took delivery of a 900-ton all-electric two-shot Cincinnati Milacron and 1000-ton hybrid Husky Hylectric.

Plastics pricing roundup: Material irrespective, the prices all move in the same direction

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 12th, 2011

The past days have brought a handful of pricing announcements from suppliers and, no surprise, all indicate price hikes are on the way. Thermoset plastics, thermoplastics, fillers, specialty materials—the prices for all are moving higher as suppliers work to cover the increasing cost of raw materials.

CKT invests $20 million in new Brownsville, TX injection molding plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

Cascade Engineering's (Grand Rapids, MI) CK Technologies LLC (CKT) unit will invest $20 million in a new manufacturing facility in Brownsville, TX that will offer large-part injection molding for interior, exterior, and functional under-the-hood assemblies.

UPDATED: Eastman exits PET business, finalizes sale of U.S. ops to DAK

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

DAK Americas LLC (Charlotte, NC) is expecting to close on its acquisition of Eastman Chemical Co.'s (Kingsport, TN) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business by the end of this month, after completing the antitrust waiting period. DAK's purchase of Eastman's integrated PET and terephthalic acid (PTA) business, which was announced last October, includes three production facilities in Columbia, SC, covering two PET resin units and one PTA unit.

Extrusion: Polypropylene spiral wound pipe production starts in Middle East

By MPW Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

United Arab Emirates-based Union Pipes Industry (Abu Dhabi) has purchased equipment from Bauku (Wiehl, Germany) for the manufacture of 3m-diameter polypropylene spiral wound pipes for the Ruwais Refinery Expansion-2 Project of the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer). The pipes are to be installed for sea water intake and outfall application at Ruwais.

Booming notebook PC market prompts large CAD/CAM investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

The Chinese moldmaker claiming 31% of the global tooling market for notebook casings has adopted CAD/CAM software supplier Cimatron's CimatronE integrated CAD/CAM suite for mold design, die design, and NC programming. Ju Teng International Holdings Ltd. supplies computer makers Acer, Asus, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, and Toshiba with tooling for those companies' notebook casings from manufacturing plants across China and Taiwan.

SPI opens Bioplastics Council to brand owners and other interested parties

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

In a bid to expand the range of participants in the trade group's Bioplastics Council, formed in 2008, SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) has opened the special interest group to a wider range of bioplastics-related companies and organizations.

Plastics packaging: Sausages bolt from glass for home in polypropylene

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

The little piggies being sent to market now are packed in plastic, thanks to a move away from glass by German lunchmeats supplier Rügenwalder Mühle. The company's newest brand of fresh sausages (pork and poultry) are being marketed in injection molded, in-mold labeled polypropylene packaging.

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