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Another acquisition as suppliers get ready for printable electronics

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 9th, 2010

The printable electronics industry is in its infancy but is expected to be worth tens of billions by the end of this decade, and plastics suppliers have been busily jockeying to acquire the technology needed to ensure their success in this rapidly expanding field.

Acquisitions in hand, Hahn continues growth plans

By MPW Staff
Published: August 9th, 2010

The manufacturer of assembly automation defended against the downturn of 2008/2009 by expanding, including two acquisitions of robot manufacturers, and now the company is pushing its internal growth with the expansion of its production capacity in its main plant in Germany and its site in Hebron, Kentucky.

SPI Processors Conference launches in November

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

SPI, the Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC), has let it be known that the organization's first Processors Conference will be held in Irving, TX, November 16-18, 2010, and that it has lined up key speakers on both business and technical topics.

The Business of Plastics Processing sessions will include such topics as mergers and acquisitions in the processing industry; resin trends and forecasting; and a business roundtable with real-time discussion.

Color concentrates supplier adds to its R&D muscle

By MPW Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

Color concentrates and additive masterbatches supplier Plastics Color Corp. (PCC; Calumet City, IL), continues its expansion with the opening of a new research and development facility at their campus in Asheboro, NC. The opening comes on the heels of accreditation of PCC's lab in Calumet City, IL by the American Assn. for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

Remember: Fair Trade starts with you

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2010

The 2010 Fall Conference of the American Mold Builders Association is being held in Washington, DC for the third year in a row, and every U.S. moldmaker is encouraged to take the opportunity to meet their elected officials and show them we are serious about the issues impacting American manufacturing, our industry, and our businesses.

With much-anticipated midterm elections looming in November, this is your prime opportunity to let your Senators and Representatives know what we expect them to do to support American manufacturing and small-to-medium businesses.

Compounder adds to acquisitions with a lease

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

Italian thermoplastics and elastomers compounder SO.F.TER. is leasing the P Group, a bankrupt Italian compounder of engineering thermoplastics. Later this year an Italian court will decide whether SO.F.TER., or other interested companies, can acquire it.

Quickparts offering RP in new Somos NeXt STL material

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

Rapid prototyper and molder Quickparts (Atlanta, GA) has begun offering rapid prototypes made with the recently commercialized Somos NeXt material, which brings new toughness and durability to STL-made parts while still supporting critical feature detail and accuracy.

Gas-assist legal saga comes to a close

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

Calling the move, "the final stage of an international legal dispute which was fought through the courts on both sides of the Atlantic for two decades," Cinpres Gas Injection (Middlewich, England) has reached agreement to buy the "assisted molding" patents from the liquidator of Gibraltar-based Melea Ltd. The deal will also include the Melea trading name. Melea's patents were marketed by Gain Technologies out of the U.S.

ISM Index still shows expanding manufacturing sector, including plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

The Institute for Supply Management shows expanding economic activity in the manufacturing sector for July. While the figure of 55.5 is down from June’s 56.2, this marks the 12th consecutive month that the manufacturing sector has expanded. The overall economy grew for the 15th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM “Report On Business."

KraussMaffei hosts first tech days event at Shanghai site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

Plastics processing equipment supplier KraussMaffei hosted approximately 130 customers at its Shanghai location for its first Tech Day event at the site. Taking place April 28-29 at Krauss-Maffei Plastics Machinery Co. Ltd in the Pudong area of Shanghai, the event focused on new plastics processing developments, with a particular emphasis on the automotive and construction industries.

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