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ICON: Young shop making the right moves

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2010

Everyone remembers 2001, and in many ways it was the beginning of mini-recessions that led to the big recession. However for ICON Injection Molding Inc.,  a custom molder in Phoenix, AZ, business grew as the three brothers who started the company stuck to their plan. Today, that plan includes expanding the company with a second 20,000-ft2 facility across the street from their original location.

Investing in competitiveness now

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2010

Business for many moldmakers is picking up and some are finding that the time to add new equipment is now, in preparation for more new business they see coming.
 

Wind to power personal-care bottle blowmolding plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 30th, 2010

Personal care product manufacturer Zotos International Inc. (Darien, CT) has gained approval for what it says will be the largest wind-energy project for any manufacturing company in the U.S. City officials in Geneva, NY voted unanimously to allow Zotos to move forward with its plans for a $7 million, 3.3-mW (megawatt) wind-energy system.

Next Generation orders third Varex from W&H in the last year

By MPW Staff
Published: July 30th, 2010

Making its third machinery order in the last 12 months, film manufacturer Next Generation Films (Lexington, OH) has ordered an additional 3-layer Varex coextrusion line from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. (W&H; Lincoln, RI) as it waits for delivery of a previously ordered Varex. The latest machine will be the sixth for Next Generation from W&H (MPW visited Next Generation in August 2009).

Chamber volume and gravimetric dosing combine in ultra-accurate dosing unit

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 30th, 2010

A new dosing unit for injection molding machines will debut at this year's K Show that claims to guarantee total accuracy in dosing the smallest quantities, irrespective of external influences. On show at the Werner Koch Maschinentechnik (Ispringen, Germany) stand (10/A21), The Exako is fitted with scales which register the actual weight and compare the value with the calculated set weight using a new control system.

Second quarter proves profitable for suppliers: “Left the crisis behind”

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

As financial results are posted for the first half of 2010, it becomes quickly clear that many plastics suppliers have benefitted greatly from an improving market.

At BASF, sales in its plastics business were up 48% in the second quarter compared with the weak level of the previous year. Earnings rose even more, by 153% compared to the same quarter in 2009 and also up over the first quarter of this year.

Berry Plastics sends PP booms, ropes, and bulk containers to Gulf for oil clean up

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN) is deploying polypropylene (PP) ropes, booms, and flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) made its Atlacomulco, Mexico manufacturing site to help in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill clean up and containment. Marketed under the brand name X-Sorbs, the Pom-Pom Ropes and Sorbent Booms act as adsorbent rather than absorbent products.

ExxonMobil posts 60% gain in earnings, chemicals up $1 billion-plus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

ExxonMobil's second -quarter earnings, excluding special items, were up 85% from the year prior, fueled by improved downstream margins and strong chemical results. First-half earnings of $13.9 billion were 60% above the first half of 2009. The chemical segment, which includes the company's plastics businesses, posted earnings of $1.368 billion-$1.001 billion higher than the second quarter of 2009. Stronger margins improved earnings by $840 million and higher sales volumes further increased earnings by $120 million.

Names in the News: Dickten Masch, Conair, Davis-Standard, DME, Synventive and more

By MPW Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

Custom injection molder Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP) has hired Andy Bondhus to work as a plastics engineer at the firm.  Bondhus will work out of the company's processing facility in Iowa, where he will support part design, mold flow, tooling, and tool design for DMP. Bondhus began his career at Lake Tool Inc. as a moldmaker, ran his own company (Plastic Solutions Inc.) for 11 years, and most recently was a tooling and design engineer at Innovative Injection Technologies Inc. (i2tech).

Electric SBM unit boosts productivity within a compact footprint, offers cavity flexibility

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 29th, 2010

All-electric, reheat stretch-blowmolding machine supplier Amsler Equipment Inc. (Richmond Hill, ON) now offers a three-cavity unit boasting 50% higher productivity for 2L containers (3600 2L bottles per hour) compared with a two-cavity unit, all within the same compact footprint. It can also run in single- or dual-cavity mode.

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