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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.

X-Cell Tool and Mold expands capabilities, collaborates with Penn State students

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 25th, 2011

X-Cell Tool and Mold Inc., an Erie, PA-based custom manufacturer of tight-tolerance molds for the connector and medical industries, has expanded its capabilities and increased the number of employees over the past year. In February, 2010, X-Cell hired Mark DeHaven as the company’s VP of sales and marketing.

Low-cost blowmolding unit set to accelerate all-electric adoption

By MPW Staff
Published: February 25th, 2011

Magic MP (Monza, Italy) is debuting the first of a new series of all-electric continuous extrusion blowmolding machines at the Cosmosprof show in Bologna March 18-21. Priced on a par with the company's hybrid models, the OEM believes the new series will accelerate the shift to all-electrics.

Surge in demand keeping extruder manufacturers busy

By Matt Defosse
Published: February 24th, 2011

Visits last week to some of the leading European manufacturers of extrusion machinery made clear this segment of the plastics industry has bounced back strongly from the 2009/2010 recession. Time on these companies' in-house lines for processor's trial runs is booked for most of the year, and new halls for machinery assembly are being built at W&H and SML.

Plastics recycler MBA wins $15 million investment, plans expansions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 24th, 2011

Post-consumer plastics recycler MBA Polymers (Richmond, CA) has secured $15 million of additional equity funding from Italian private equity company, Ambienta SGR, with plans to use the money to build new factories in Europe and Asia. As part of the investment, Ambienta founding partner and CEO Nino Tronchetti Provera has been named to MBA's board of directors.

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