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Label converters offered new ‘Lyte’ options

By MPW Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Using two of the industry's largest trade shows as launch pads, the films processing business unit of plastics and chemicals supplier ExxonMobil Chemical next month will introduce two new oriented polypropylene (OPP) film grades for pressure-sensitive label applications. Marketed under the Label-Lyte moniker, the labels are designed to comply with EU directives limiting the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) during manufacture.

Recycled content verified for decking: "We're the first," says Trex

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 13th, 2010

Verification of recycled content is important to today's consumers, particularly with all the unsubstantiated claims with regard to recycled content. One company just announced that it's the first wood-alternative decking manufacturer to receive verification of recycled content.

SPE honors thermoformer Kipp . . . again

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 13th, 2010

Roger Kipp, VP of marketing and engineering at McClarin Plastics Inc., a heavy-gauge thermoforming and fiberglass molding company in Hanover, PA, has been named the Thermoformer of the Year by the SPE Thermoforming Div. Kipp's passion, contributions, and innovations for the plastics industry began in 1967 while a partner in the family's nonferrous foundry in Cincinnati, OH with his father and brother.

Celanese to expand Fortron PPS output in Wilmington, NC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2010

The world’s largest linear polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) operation, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes/yr, is about to get bigger, as Celanese has announced plans to increase Fortron PPS production at its Wilmington, NC. Fortron Industries LLC, which is a subsidiary of Celanese Corp., says the capacity expansion is to meet increased global demand for the material.

SRG’s Tennessee molding/decoration facility honored by Ford

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2010

Tier One automotive supplier SRG Global Inc.'s Ripley, TN molding, coating, and assembly facility has been recognized by Ford Motor Co. with its Q1 quality award. The Warren, MI headquartered automotive supplier was created in May 2008 when Guardian Automotive Inc., a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., acquired Siegel-Robert Automotive from Siegel-Robert Inc.

PET drying free of charge?

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 12th, 2010

It may sound to good to be true, but Italian auxiliary maker Moretto SpA (Massanzago, Italy) is offering its fully automatic high-volume modular Eureka drying systems, combining the new X Max dryer, the Flowmatik controller, and the new OTX hopper at no up-front cost to the processor. Visitors to the upcoming K Show can learn more at Stand 11/H57.

Baerlocher to double Indian PVC heat-stabilizer production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2010

Additives supplier Baerlocher (Münich, Germany) will increase capacity for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) heat stabilizers at its plant in Dewas, India, doubling output of its one-pack stabilizers by adding 7000 tonnes/yr of capacity. The expansion, which will cost nearly €1 million, will be completed in two stages with work initiating in December of this year.

Advances promise quick mold changes and less downtime

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2010

Hilma-Roemheld GmbH has extended its range of magnetic mold clamping products to include special elements for the processing of plastics at low temperatures and using vertical presses. Four new magnetic clamping plates are designed for working temperatures of up to 80-, 120-, 180-, or 230ºC. Users can select the technology appropriate to their application and adapted to the requirements of the materials to be processed, whether they are thermoplastics, elastomers, thermosets or rubber.

Processors start to pony up for feather-based plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 11th, 2010

Processors from around the world are starting to take an interest in keratin resin, derived from poultry feathers. Less dense than polyolefins, with a modulus of about 3-5 GPa and stress-to-break of 200-500 MPa, the material, a thermoplastic and biodegradable, can be molded neat or blended with standard thermoplastics to create "green" compounds.

Mitsui Chemicals, Teijin merge domestic PET operations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2010

Tough competition coupled with stagnant demand growth is changing the face of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) supply chain. With Japan's PET processors increasingly able to source PET from other Asian countries, and demand growth no longer as high as it once was, the two suppliers announced a basic agreement to form a joint venture that will integrate their domestic PET operations.

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