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PolyOne generates record operating income from three strategic platforms

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 2nd, 2010

Compounder and distributor PolyOne (Cleveland, OH) swung from a net loss of $1.9 million in the year-ago quarter to net income of $45.7 million in the second quarter of 2010 as revenues increased by 40% and the company pulled in record operating income from its three strategic platforms. From April through June, PolyOne generated $692.9 million in revenue, compared to $496.5 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Toray to debut new film solutions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 2nd, 2010

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. will showcase leading-edge polypropylene, polyester, and metalized film innovations that the company promises will engage and inspire consumer product goods manufacturers, and converters at Pack Expo 2010 (Chicago; Oct. 31–Nov. 2). The new line of heat-sealable PP white cavitated films are for use in snack food, confectionery, ice cream, and industrial applications.

Faster plastic fusion with strength to boot

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 2nd, 2010

Scheduled to debut at the K 2010 tradeshow this fall are two new devices for laser welding of plastics offering flexibility, faster processing times, and higher seam quality, among other attributes.

PPE/PA blend cuts carbon emissions, is pedestrian friendly

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 31st, 2010

The new RVR compact crossover from Mitsubishi Motors Corp. sports a front fenders molded from Noryl GTX resin supplied by SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA). This is the second time that polyamide (PA) and modified polyphenylene ether polymer (PPE) blend has scored success in a fender application following the Delica D:5 minivan in 2007.

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.

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