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Injection molding: Arburg opens new technology center in Hungary

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 23rd, 2010

Injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg has increased its geographic reach again, this time with the inauguration of a new building in Budapest, Hungary to serve that country's growing market for advanced processing machinery.

Arburg's managing partner, Michael Hehl, inaugurated the new Hungarian facility late last month as part of an open house and conference attended by around 75 people.

Former Spartech exec launches resin buying business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 23rd, 2010

After more than 20 years' experience in the plastics industry, and time before that spent with logistics procurement companies, Philip Karig has created a new challenge for himself: helping small-to-midsized plastics processors save money on their resin purchasing. His company also is keen to help these processors negotiate for other goods and services, too.

TerraCycle takes on plastic recycling’s “untouchables”

By Tony Deligio
Published: July 22nd, 2010

A company founded in 2001 by a 19-year-old Princeton University freshman is increasingly finding a home for "un-recyclable" plastics and bridging the gap between consumers of everyday items like drink pouches and the brand owners that create them. Now, Tom Szaky, a grizzled 28-year-old that was named to Inc. magazine's 30 under 30 list at 24, and his company, TerraCycle (Trenton, NJ), are reaching out to the plastics industry.

ABC plus YAPP equals new alliance for plastic fuel tanks

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 22nd, 2010

Two of the automotive industry's top suppliers of thermoplastic fuel tanks have formed a strategic alliance to help each better serve customers from a global platform. Both ABC Group Fuel Systems Inc. and YAPP Automotive Parts Co. Ltd. predict the new alliance will strengthen market share for both companies.

Plasma treatment equipment specialist opens new U.S. office

By MPW Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2010

Plasma treatment equipment manufacturer Plasmatreat held a full-day open house and conference in June to celebrate the opening of its new office and technical center in the United States. Located in Elgin, IL, the new center includes an R&D lab to let customers carry out trials and test series using the company's OpenAir plasma treatment equipment.

PC grade makes light work of optical applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 22nd, 2010

Styron LLC (Midland, MI) has debuted a new polycarbonate resin grade in the Americas and Europe specifically for use in optical media. Calibre 1060 DVD can be used for all optical disc applications including CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.

Wittmann Battenfeld retains Next Step for PR in the U.S. and Mexico

By IMM Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2010

The U.S. division of automation, auxiliary, and injection molding machine supplier Wittmann Battenfeld (Torrington, CT) has retained Next Step Communications Inc. (West Newbury, MA) to handle its public relations needs. Founded in 1996, Next Step Communications is a full-service advertising agency that specializes in the plastics and packaging industries. Greg Hannoosh, founder and president of Next Step, said his company will initially work to provide PR services for Wittmann Battenfeld in the U.S.

Blowmolding: Adding a row helps double the output

By MPW Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

With its second row of molds, a new single-stage stretch blowmolding machine offers processors the ability to double output on the same footprint as a more established model, while also reducing energy consumption per bottle by about 40%.

Environmental and feedstock concerns dominate additives sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 21st, 2010

Amid recovering markets, suppliers of additives to the plastics sector are facing challenges in securing stable raw supply sources while a combination of consumer choice, legislation, and regulation is also transforming the additive types that resin producers and compounders demand.

Water and air cooling innovations to debut at K

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 21st, 2010

Two advances that will reportedly have a major impact on future cooling systems for plastics will be unveiled at the K Show by Eurochiller. Energy-saving inverter controlled compressors are employed in the latest water cooling system, while a free-cooling function will be introduced for air cooling.

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