Reifenhäuser talks increased demand for its flexible extruders

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 3rd, 2012

Reifenhäuser Extrusion is experiencing an increase in orders for thermoforming sheet extrusion lines featuring production capacities between 700 and 1500 kg/hr.

Soaring raw material costs, smaller orders from customers, and a strong pressure on end user prices are forcing producers to rapidly adapt themselves to new market situations, the company stated.

UPDATED: Vehicle lightweighting coalition targets mixed use of plastics, aluminum, steel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2012

The Center for Automotive Research (Ann Arbor, MI) has launched the Coalition of Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) to support efforts by auto manufacturers to aggressively down-weight vehicles to improve performance, fuel economy and safety. Founding members include including Trexel, 3M, BASF, Plastic Omnium, Altair, EWI, Material Sciences Corp., Michelin, PPG Industries, and Shiloh Industries.

Perpetual Recycling Solutions to open a food-grade rPET recycling facility

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Perpetual Recycling Solutions plans to open a $30 million food-grade rPET recycling facility in Richmond, IN. The plant will produce more than 110 million pounds of rPET flake annually for customers throughout the U.S.

The company is a manufacturer of post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) resin, which currently serves the plastic packaging industry from its affiliated company, Pure Tech Plastics, in New York.

Chinaplas 2012, Chinese plastics industry fueled by latest 5-year plan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Energy-saving, environmental protection, new materials and industry upgrades for future development: those are the key components of China's 12th Five-Year Plan, as more and more manufacturing industries are focusing on eco-conscious materials and equipment. As a result of the plan, the Chinese government is now dedicated to the development of technologies like smart grids, wind power, solar power, and new energy cars, all of which are all closely linked to plastics and rubber.

New extrusion lines feature iPhone wireless control

By Doug Smock
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Extrusion lines with fully integrated quality control systems can now be set up by an operator with an iPhone outside of a clean room.

The new technology will be on display at NPE2012 at the Boston Mathews (Norwood, NJ) booth in the West Hall, number 5862.

Manufacturing growth stays on track, expansion ticks upward in January

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued its expansion in January, marking the 30th consecutive month the sector has grown, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. The pulse of the nation's supply chain managers is taken each month by the ISM to provide an indicator of manufacturing activity.

Green Matter: Bioplastics in the war on superbugs

By Karen Laird
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Microbes are highly creative, hardy little adapters when it comes to survival. Mutation, natural selection and genetic variation are all means which they cleverly employ to evolve and adapt to changing environmental conditions.

Tessy targets medical disposables with expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 1st, 2012

Tessy Plastics is investing $4.8 million to expand its plant in Lynchburg, VA, to target the medical disposables market.

The expansion will create 60 new jobs, according to an announcement by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

"As the second injection molding company expansion announcement in Virginia in the last 45 days, this project is testament to this important plastics processing sector," said McDonnell.

Auto design house, composites supplier combine forces to develop lightweight vehicles

By Stephen Moore
Published: February 1st, 2012

Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo) concluded a technical partnership agreement with Gordon Murray Design Limited (GMD; Shalford, U.K.) on the side-lines of the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 aimed at promoting GMD's iStream hybrid production process in vehicle manufacture and other industrial sectors.

Schick’s new razor gives a greener shave with reclaimed resin

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 1st, 2012

Schick has launched the first disposable razor to use 100% recycled plastic in the production of its handle.

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