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Injection molding: The top five from 2010



By Rob Neilley
Published: December 29th, 2010

The injection molding industry worldwide had a comeback year in 2010, bouncing back from a dismal 2009, especially in developed countries. Many if not most players in the industry are hopeful that the upward trajectory will continue in 2011 but use the term cautious optimism to describe their feelings.



TPE North American resin pricing, Dec. 20-24: PE flat; PP up $0.025/lb; PP could see a $0.17/lb contract increase in January

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 29th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were "very quiet" during the holiday-shortened week, with few fresh offers for polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), as spot availability has dwindled into the year-end. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that PE prices were steady, but PP continued its march upward, fed by "skyrocketing" monomer costs.

Blowmolding: OEM takes processing in house as traffic safety device sales grow

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 29th, 2010

As demand for its products took off, officials at highway safety products manufacturer TrafFix Devices Inc. decided to bring their blowmolding in-house to help support continued growth and lower costs. Fast color changeover was one of the reasons the company went with machines from Graham Engineering.

Top five materials developments of 2010

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 28th, 2010

Rare is a major development in plastics materials technology; most movement is measured in minor adjustments and additions to the plastics already offered. That was again the case in 2010, but that hardly means there weren’t very notable advances. Nanofillers, bioplastics, and multi-material processing, to name just three, clearly are changing the plastics processing landscape. 

Nylon ends 2010 on a high note, with price increases from BASF, DSM, and Honeywell

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 28th, 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, a number of suppliers and manufacturers of polyamide (PA) or nylon resins have announced price increases, with DSM and Honeywell citing strong global demand and pricing for key ingredient caprolactam, while BASF pinned the increase on a less-specific "increase in raw material prices."

Film extrusion 2010: A year in review

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 27th, 2010

From M&A, to PLA, to EVA, the film extrusion sector had an eventful 2010, with continuing impact from 2009 mergers, all new partnerships in 2010, and new owners at a number of technology leaders. Polylactic acid (PLA) continued to push into flexible film applications, with a big launch and retraction for the same product, while ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) for encapsulation films, and the entire solar market for films, continued to heat up.

Plastics publishing giant, IMM co-founder, Peter Zacher, dead at 75

By IMM Staff
Published: December 27th, 2010

It is our sad duty to report that Peter M. Zacher, who was instrumental to the development of plastics industry publishing for more than 40 years, died on December 22, 2010 in Delray Beach, FL. He was, among many other plastics-related accomplishments, a co-founder of Injection Molding Magazine, now published by UBM Canon.

2010 film extrusion M&A: EDI, battenfeld-cincinnati, Macro, Reifenhäuser Kiefel, Brückner, and Gloucester

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 27th, 2010

In addition to continued impact from deals consummated in 2009, 2010 brought a new round of deals in the film market, particularly among suppliers. With less than a week left in the year, extrusion and coating dies manufacturer Extrusion Dies Industries LLC was sold to private equity firm, Bertram Capital.

Medical molder boosts quality program with FDA 21 CFR 820

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

MRPC (Butler, WI), a plastics molder and single-source provider of medical device components and assemblies, has expanded the scope of its ISO 13485 certification to include the requirements of 21 CFR 820, the Food and Drug Administration's quality system regulations for medical devices sold in the U.S.

Extrusion and coating die supplier EDI purchased by Bertram Capital

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

Extrusion Dies Industries LLC's board has agreed to sell the maker of extrusion and coating dies to private equity firm Bertram Capital, marking the company's first ownership change since a 2003 management buyout. Seven years ago, Timothy C. Callahan, Christopher W. Curtin, Ronald J. Kuhnen, and John A. Ulcej engineered a buyout of the Chippewa Falls, WI company from U.S. Bank.

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