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Record results for plastics at PolyOne, ExxonMobil, Dow, and Eastman

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 7th, 2011

One year ago, an investor could have done a lot worse than bet on plastics if the record results and 52-week performance of PolyOne, ExxonMobil, Dow, and Eastman are any indication. Over the last year, those companies, which all recently reported earnings, saw their share prices double or nearly double in value: Eastman ($51 to $94), Exxon Mobil ($55 to $83), PolyOne ($7 to $14), and Dow Chemical ($22 to $37).

Pennsylvania moldmaker/molder Pasco Tool & Plastics expands

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 7th, 2011

Pasco Tool & Plastics is growing quickly and successfully. To accommodate that growth, the company initiated a 12,000-ft2 addition that is about 90% complete. The expansion will almost double the company’s manufacturing square footage, and also includes a class 100,000 clean room for molding and assembly.
   

Molder PTI Engineered Plastics launches design & development firm

By Rob Neilley
Published: February 7th, 2011

Noting that, "Too often, new product ideas are compromised at the point of production," Mark Rathbone, founder/CEO of PTI Engineered Plastics, announced the startup of PTI Design, a stand-alone firm that will deliver a full range of product design and development services, bolstered by in-depth knowledge and experience with DFM—design for manufacturability.

Industry enters ’11 with [cautious] optimism

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 4th, 2011

By all accounts, the second half of 2010 saw a strong, sustained surge in activity within the plastics sector, pushing business to levels not seen in years. In January, MPW spoke with several suppliers to the market, trying to gauge their sentiments for the new year and whether the recovery will continue.

Injection molder Nypro investing in renewable energy at NC plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 4th, 2011

Global contract manufacturer Nypro Inc. will reduce energy usage at its packaging/healthcare facility in North Carolina with a renewable energy installation that will be one of the largest commercial projects of its type in the state.

Automotive steers back from the brink

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 4th, 2011

To fully appreciate the North American automotive resurgence that began in 2010 and is continuing into 2011, it's helpful to recount the industry's darkest days in the spring of 2009.

Tips of the trade (or how not to re-invent the wheel)

By MPW Staff
Published: February 4th, 2011

For processors who may have missed them, these Tips of the Trade can help save time, frustration, and money in your operation. Experts in the field offer their experience to help you troubleshoot purging of an injection molding machine, prevent chatter marks during sheet extrusion, and optimize your sheet extrusion die.

Names in the News: IMS Company, Novatec, Gala Industries, Polymera

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 4th, 2011

There is plenty of upward movement to report this week with promotions and new hires at IMS, Novatec, Gala, and Polymera. At IMS, one of the leading suppliers of industrial equipment, supplies, and services to plastics processors, Thomas Osowski was recently promoted to president and COO; he had been the company's vice president and general manager.

Used machinery market runs dry

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 3rd, 2011

The machinery glut that was fed by the market's excesses at the turn of the century—and then the industry consolidation that followed—has largely subsided, with the latest upturn in business prompting the purchase of new equipment. Conversations with machinery suppliers to the industry reveal that for injection molding, especially within the automotive sector, business started coming back in 2010 in a way that hadn't been seen in years.

OEM: Do you know what the condition of your tooling is costing you?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 3rd, 2011

Out of sight, out of mind: Once molds begin running at a molder's facility, many OEMs just forget them. They know little about molds they built and less about those they inherit via acquisitions. Why bother? Hundreds of thousands of reasons, each worth a dollar.

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