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White paper library offers R&D aid to medical device pros

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 25th, 2011

Among resources available to medical device professionals in the plastics community is the new white paper library at Qmed.com, a UBM Canon Medical Device Media Group brand. Qmed is a free online search engine and directory. The white paper library includes many papers on topics of interest to plastics processors; many of the papers were, in fact, written by processors. Topics include papers on micromolding, rapid injection molding, extrusion of silicone and zero-defects molding.

Wild West over, but plenty of growth yet to come in Russia’s plastics industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 25th, 2011

The country's Wild West days have passed as the prices paid for its oil and natural gas have fallen from the heights they reached in 2008, but what remains is a huge country with a strong consumer base which has a need for increased mobility, improved housing, high-end consumer goods and more. The table is set for continued demand growth for plastics, as made evident by recent statements and moves from leading suppliers DSM, Lanxess and Sabic.

AMBA hires association management firm for organizational planning

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 24th, 2011

The Board of Directors of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA; Rolling Meadows, IL) announced that it has chosen to utilize the services of association management firm First Resource Inc., headed by President Troy Nix, founder and executive director of the trade group Mid-America Plastics Partners (MAPP) in Indianapolis, IN. First Resource has assigned Managing Director Kym Conis to provide the AMBA leadership to drive an organizational plan identified during a five-month long strategic planning process.
   

Automotive plastics: Daimler, Toray strike deal for carbon fiber reinforced plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 24th, 2011

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then officials at BMW and SGL Carbon must be blushing now. Last January the carmaker and the carbon fiber supplier announced their joint venture to manufacture carbon fiber-reinforced automotive parts. Today, almost exactly one year later, a similar announcement is being made by German automobile manufacturer Daimler AG and the world's largest manufacturer of carbon fibers, Toray Industries.

Names in the news: People on the move at Wittmann, Maag, Ferromatik, and Greiner Extrusion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 24th, 2011

The industry's outlook has steadily improved in the past year and this growth and more positive outlook has created some new job opportunities within the market. At auxiliary equipment and automation manufacturer Wittmann, Carlos Chávez, who helped the company form its Mexican subsidiary in 1999, has moved to take a position as the U.S. western territory manager of Wittmann Battenfeld Inc.; Wittmann in 2008 took over the former Battenfeld injection molding machine manufacturer.

Plastics additives: Cytec announces expansion of production facilities

By MPW Staff
Published: January 24th, 2011

Demand among processors, compounders and brand owners and OEMs for guarantees that products will not fade in sunlight has created a growth market for light stabilizer additives, and one company benefitting from this demand has been additives supplier Cytec. The company, based in Woodland Park, NJ, has announced that a project is underway to significantly increase the capacity of its light stabilizer production facility in Willow Island, WV.

New Guide to North American rotomolders available from Plastics Custom Research Services

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 24th, 2011

Rotational molding is a relatively straightforward process. Yet Peter Mooney, president of Plastics Custom Research Services (PCRS), regards it as “uniquely versatile and cost-effective.” That should get the attention of many part designers and OEMs, which accounts for the growing demand from these groups for more information on rotomolding.
   

IMDA Awards: Get recognized for your best IMD/IML applications

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 21st, 2011

Ron Schultz, executive director of the In-Mold Decorating Assn, announced that the annual IMDA Awards competition for 2011 is now open for entries. Each year the IMDA Competition recognizes the industry's best inmold-labeled (IML) packaging and in-mold-decorated (IMD) durable products. The winning entries are chosen based on creativity in design, engineering, and innovation in the following categories:

Global demand for caps and closures holds steady

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 21st, 2011

Global demand for caps and closures is projected to rise 4.6% per year to $40 billion in 2014. That's the latest projection in a new report from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm. Advances will be driven by growth in global manufacturing output, which will boost packaging requirements. Watch trends toward urbanization and an ongoing shift in the product mix toward higher-value closures, such as child-resistant, tamper-evident and dispensing types, the report said.

Swiss moldmaker Schöttli acquires U.S. peer Magor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 21st, 2011

It's a major merger in the medical mold manufacturing market. Mould Technologies Group, parent of Swiss injection moldmaker Schöttli, has acquired Magor Mold. Coupled with its moldmaking business in China, the purchase means the Group now has injection molding capacity across the globe.

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