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Delphi presents award to Arburg Brazil as top supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 13th, 2010

The automotive systems supplier made the presentation to injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg as part of Delphi's awards convention, held in São Paulo. The leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transport systems for the automotive sector bestowed the award on the Arburg subsidiary in Brazil for its role as an outstanding supplier in South America.

Bottler plans major expansion for bioplastics bottles

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 13th, 2010

Captive extrusion blowmolding capacity at Italian lemon juice bottler Polenghi Group is to be expanded as the company, which now runs six EBM lines, plans to be processing about 10 million of its lemon-shaped bottles per year by 2015.

Patented tech boosts natural fiber content in molded parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 12th, 2010

Innovative Plastics and Molding (IPM) has added a Canadian patent to its U.S. patent for a technology that utilizes fluid assist to produce molded parts with a high natural-fiber content for a superior stiffness-to-weight ratio, as well as cost advantages.

Jersey processor ups ante on its MIM capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 10th, 2010

Polymer Technologies Inc. (PTI), a custom plastic and metal injection molding company based in Clifton, NJ, has completed a significant equipment upgrade to expand its metal injection molding capabilities by installing two new gas tanks-one each for hydrogen and nitrogen- on the company's property.

Indiana high schools teach molding/moldmaking skills

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 10th, 2010

Five years ago, the citizens of Evansville, IN passed an initiative to build a new vocational-technical center in that town, and bring all the various classes throughout the area under one roof. The result was the 245,000-ft2 Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center (SICTC). Not only did voters give the school the money for the building, they also gave it a half-million dollars to buy equipment, an important factor in training young people in today’s manufacturing skills.
  

Extrude better product at lower cost with improved plastic tube line

By MPW Staff
Published: December 10th, 2010

Auxiliary equipment manufacturer Conair has made a number of changes to its cooling tank and other downstream equipment and controls, all geared to help processors of plastics tubing improve process stability, and provide stricter control of wall thickness, ovality and cut-to-length tolerances. Systems are available for extrusion of medical tubing and also for non-medical products like aquarium tubing, small-gauge irrigation tubing and pneumatic airway tubing.

Bayer shifts PC business to China; plans €1 billion investment there in plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 9th, 2010

In an acknowledgement that the majority of the world's polycarbonate demand stems from plastics processors in the Asia/Pacific region, and will for years to come, one of the leading suppliers of the materials, Bayer MaterialScience, is shifting the headquarters of its global polycarbonate activities from the company HQ in Germany to Shanghai.

M&A News: Cenveo buys Gilbreth, Rotonics sells to McKinnis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 9th, 2010

In mergers and acquisition news out of the United States this week, label converter and printer Cenveo acquired Gilbreth Packaging Solutions, a converter of full body shrink sleeves and other flexible packaging, in a deal on the East coast. On the shores of the Pacific, meanwhile, Rotonics Manufacturing Inc.'s plans to close its rotomolding facility in Gardena, CA were halted after it was able to sell the operation to Sherman McKinnis, the man who actually founded the company in 1973.

Plastics manufacturer receives small business of the year award, caps off strong year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 9th, 2010

Vista Technologies LLC (VistaTek), recently received the Small Business of the Year award by the Vadnais Heights (MN) Economic Development Corp. (VHEDC). “This award is more of a reflection of VistaTek’s great employees,” said Dan Mishek, managing director and co-owner of this second-generation manufacturing company. Because they embrace change and remain motivated, we have been able to battle out of this recession and continue our community service in the local region.”
   

Spot prices for propylene rise across the globe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 9th, 2010

Spot propylene prices have moved higher in Europe, Asia and the U.S. recently based on healthy demand as well as supply limitations in Europe and Asia due to a naphtha shortage. The continuous increases seen over the past week in the upper end of the upstream chain were amongst other factors pushing spot propylene prices up in these regions. This all was related to Plasticstoday.com by Chemorbis, the Istanbul, Turkey-based provider of plastics pricing and market information.

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