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Engel pairs Xmelt with LSR for injection molding first

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 8th, 2011

Engel's X-Melt technology has been extended to its liquid-silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding machines for the first time, allowing for the consistent, repeatable micromolding of parts in LSR. The supplier of injection molding machines and automation debuted the advance at the PLASTEC West and combined shows in Anaheim, CA (Booth 3715; Feb. 8-10; Anaheim Convention Center).

Its biomaterials business up, Cereplast secures added investment, distribution

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2011

Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) recently agreed to privately sell stock and warrants for about $12 million to several institutional investors and signed a distribution agreement with ColorTec to supply its bio-based compostable and sustainable plastics to the Southern Italian and Slovenian markets.

BASF creates database of eco-labels, environmental/sustainability claims, ratings systems, and more (VIDEO)

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2011

Materials supplier BASF (Florham Park, NJ) has launched the Eco-Label Manager database to help users manage the abundance of eco-labels, environmental claims, directories, and ratings systems associated with greening and sustainability. 

Names in the News: Auinger to Engel, Witherup to politics, Solegear, NYCO, and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2011

Moving around the industry, there is plenty to report on the personnel front. There is a new boss at Engel's operation in Mexico, a new county commissioner in Pennsylvania who knows plenty about plastics, and a new leader for Europe's PVC window profile processors. Toby Reid and the company he founded, Solegear, are up for more bioplastics laudations. NYCO appointed a new boss for NYCO in China, the Polyurethane Foam Association has a new leader, Portugal's Vangest celebrates and Sil-Pro hires.

TPE North American resin pricing, Jan. 31-Feb. 4: PE up $0.01/lb; PP down $0.01/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2011

Market overview: The spot resin markets were active, resulting in a very good trading week with polyethylene up and polypropylene down. Plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that while supplies were somewhat restricted, a high percentage of deals closed. Spot polyethylene (PE) prices rallied along with monomer, as producers re-initiated their efforts to secure the $0.05/lb increase that has been floated since December.

Cascade Engineering is largest certified B (for benefits) Corporation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 7th, 2011

Cascade Engineering of Grand Rapids, MI is the largest business to have been certified as a B Corporation by B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems.

At Plastec West, Dyna-Purge unveils higher-performance purging compound

By Rob Neilley
Published: February 7th, 2011

The Dyna-Purge division of Shuman Plastics Inc has selected this week's Plastec West Show in Anaheim, CA to announce its New & Improved Dyna-Purge M purging compound. Why change a workhorse the company says is the most widely used commercial purging compound in the industry? Because "Improved" means 36% faster using 22% less material—at least.

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.

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