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Manufacturing continues on growth track

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

The December Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management shows that activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in that month for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month. The ISM surveys the nations supply executives each month to analyze activity. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for December stood at 56.0, up 0.4% from November, showing continued growth even though it’s a small uptick. With 50 as the benchmark, numbers above 50 indicate growth, while numbers below 50 show a contraction.

Gearless extrusion: Medical tubing line highlighted at MD&M show

By MPW Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

At the MD&M show next month in Anaheim, CA, one of the exhibitors, a manufacturer of plastics extrusion lines, will run one of its new machines. What makes it special? The extruder does not require a gearbox and so works well in clean rooms or other controlled environments.

Sheet shows tool surface pressure variations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

A new surface pressure indicating sheet from Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) is said to improve yields and reduces defects in the injection molding process by minimizing flash, shorts, and burns, among other defects. The primary purpose of Mold-Align is to indicate mold face planarity. When placed between mold halves that are compressed together, the material instantaneously changes color revealing how pressure is being distributed between the mold faces.

Energy savings aplenty at Intek; consumption slashed 17% in one year

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 6th, 2011

Management and staff at plastics extrusion processor Intek are bearing down on energy use at their two facilities as part of a four-year program to reduce power consumption by 25%, or 1.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh). But after the success achieved in just the first year, they may have to raise the bar even higher.

Bayer MaterialScience bolsters polycarbonate film output in Deerfield

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 6th, 2011

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has expanded polycarbonate (PC) film production at its South Deerfield, MA plant in response to growing demand for the product in a range of applications, including instrument panels, trade show displays, membrane switches, control panels, and decals. The expansion will add the capability to create gloss and gloss-and-textured Makrofol PC and Bayfol PC-blend films.

Plastics recycling: For those serious about IP security, the ultimate recycling system

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 6th, 2011

"Secure destruction" and "sustainability" are catchphrases for a new service offered by Connecticut Metal Industries. The company calls the destruction and recycling system service a green and secure alternative to traditional incineration. The company will accept pharmaceutical and sensitive packaging scrap shipped under seal into its Ansonia, Connecticut warehouse.

Battenfeld Gloucester out of bankruptcy, under new owners

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 5th, 2011

Gloucester Engineering Co. came under new ownership on Jan. 5, five days after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with private equity fund Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC (New York) becoming its majority equity shareholder. The Gloucester, MA based manufacturer of extrusion and converting equipment fully exited bankruptcy protection on Dec.

TPE North American resin pricing, Dec. 27-31: PE down; PP up $0.04/lb; propylene outages push PP up $0.11/lb for December

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 5th, 2011

Market overview: In the final, holiday-shortened week of 2010, few market participants were around and just a few spot resin offers where shown as total availability hit the low point of the year.

Plastics packaging: With sale of five business units, focus at Linpac is on packaging

By MPW Staff
Published: January 5th, 2011

The focus is now entirely on its core business of primary food packaging and returnable crates/containers as Linpac Group has sold five of its stand-alone, non-core business units to funds managed by Chamonix Private Equity, a London-based private equity firm.

Injection molding: Investor, management take over South Carolina molder PSI

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 5th, 2011

Gladstone Investment Corp. and members of the molder's management have acquired injection molder Precision Southeast Inc. Gladstone's investment totaled $10.8 million, consisting of senior debt and equity, and it is now the company's majority owner, according to Harry Ussery, PSI's president.

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