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Empire Precision adds production cells

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 18th, 2011

Empire Precision Plastics Inc., specializing in high-volume injection molding and mold manufacturing, announced that it is installing two, precision 55-ton Arburg injection molding presses with Arburg automation for an OEM customer with requirements for medical disposables. According to Markus Lettau, director of sales and application engineering for Empire (Rochester, NY), the cells will be enclosed in “micro clean rooms” which cover the molding machine clamp and automation area (where parts are packaged), to provide clean-environment molding and handling. 

U.S. manufacturing expansion still showing positive signs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 18th, 2011

Two manufacturing reports signal that manufacturing continues in expansion mode. January's Manufacturing Business Survey report from the Institute for Supply Management (released Feb. 1) reveals that the manufacturing sector expanded for the 18th consecutive month.

Plastics packaging: UFLEX Group opening film extrusion plant in Poland

By Matt Defosse
Published: February 18th, 2011

Just one month after it announced the commissioning of a new BOPP film plant in Egypt and additional capacity at its facility in Mexico, the UFLEX Group, one of the five largest flexible films extruders in the world, says it is building a greenfield site in Poland, its first plastic film extrusion facility in Europe.

Plastikos and Micro Mold expand capabilities and geographic reach

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 18th, 2011

Plastikos Inc., an Erie, PA-based custom injection molder, and its sister company, Micro Mold, announced some major expansions as the company moves forward into more medical molding. Known for its work in precision, tight-tolerance connectors for a variety of companies, Plastikos recently expanded its capabilities to include a Class 10,000 (ISO Class 7) clean room, and partially renovated and reorganized the facility that houses Micro Mold.

Wells Plastics undergoes equity-backed management buyout

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 18th, 2011

UK-based additive masterbatch manufacturer Wells Plastics has changed hands in management buyout with funding Key Capital Partners (KCP), which will have a "significant minority stake" in the business. KCP has invested £3.8 million in equity in the Staffordshire-based Wells Plastics, with senior debt facilities from National Westminster Bank Plc (Natwest) as well as an additional investment from the incoming executive chairman, Paul Richardson.

Conrad Hauser of Xten Industries passes away on Feb. 16

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 17th, 2011

Conrad Hauser, son of Alfred Hauser, the founder of Hauser Plas Tech Inc. in Kenosha, WI, died suddenly while visiting customers in St. Louis, MO, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, according to sources at Xten Industries.

AMBA member starts 'iPad for Wounded Warriors' campaign

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 17th, 2011

When Tim Bartz, VP of operations for Mold Craft Inc. (Willernie, MN), heard about the work that Will Byers, a veteran of the Iraq war, does with members of the 3/5th Dark Horse Battalion who have been wounded in Afghanistan, he knew he had to help out somehow.

Bayer project uses CO2 to help make polyurethane

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 17th, 2011

Bayer has started up a pilot plant at its Chempark in Leverkusen that utilizes carbon dioxide in the production of polyurethane. The company is trialing the new process on a technical scale, wherein a chemical precursor is produced into which carbon dioxide is incorporated and then processed into polyurethanes.

IMDA survey to spot market trends

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 17th, 2011

The In-Mold Decorating Assn. (IMDA) introduces its first "Short Shot" survey that will take a snap shot of the inmold decorating (IMD) and inmold labeling (IML) industry. IMDA executive director Ron Schultz hopes the survey will provide timely information on market trends and other insights helpful to those in the IML/IMD industry. 

Autodesk to acquire simulation software maker Blue Ridge Numerics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 17th, 2011

Design, engineering, and entertainment software supplier Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, CA) says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics Inc., whose CFdesign software allows mechanical and building system engineers to virtually test and predict real-world behavior of new and existing designs, thereby eliminating expensive physical prototyping.

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