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Moldmakers showing hard-won gains

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2010

The Summer 2010 Business Forecast Survey of the American Mold Builders Assn. reveals that the recovery seems to have taken hold as business continues getting better for a majority of respondents. The quarterly survey revealed that current business conditions once again improved over the previous three months, with 9% of the respondents saying that business is “Excellent”—up two percentage points from 7% of respondents in the Spring 2010 survey, better than it has been in more than a year.

Appleton sells Perfomance Packaging to NEX Performance Films for $58 million

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2010

NEX Performance Films Inc. has purchased Appleton's Performance Packaging operations for $58 million, as Appleton looks to exit plastics after only five years and shift focus to its core specialty paper and Encapsys microencapsulation businesses. The operations included in the sale extrude single and multilayer polyethylene films and are comprised of two wholly owned subsidiaries: American Plastics Company Inc.

Molder's reputation continues growing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2010

Xten Industries is making a name for itself throughout the plastics world, and not just from the series of articles that are being run in Modern Plastics Worldwide on the company’s sustainability efforts. Xten was recently named a 2010 Future 50 by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), the second time that the company has received this recognition.

Davis-Standard and MuCell Extrusion team up at Zotefoams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2010

Davis-Standard LLC and MuCell Extrusion LLC have combined their equipment and expertise, and the result is a new advance in environmentally sound, microcellular foam-based extrusion. David-Standard’s tandem foam extrusion equipment paired with MuCell’s carbon dioxide gas injection system enables production of foams in widths up to 52 inches (1.320mm) in a cleaner, more cost-effective manner.
   

Flexible controller facilitates gravimetric batch blending

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 9th, 2010

A new touchscreen plug-in controller offers an extremely simple and flexible means of dosing. The operator need only decide how he wants to dose and into which hopper he wants to feed the specific materials. On this account, not only the ratios, but also the sequence of dosing are easily altered.

K 2010 passes, directory on sale now at discounted price

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2010

Entrance passes and show directories for K 2010 are now available online at www.k-online.de at reduced rates. For €49, you can buy a one-day entrance pass and €108 gets a three-day entrance pass, while you can currently pay €22 for a show directory or €34 for a show directory and DVD package, plus postage. Onsite, entrance passes will cost €55 for one day and €120 for three days.

Auto suppliers sharpening China focus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2010

Global parts suppliers to the automotive industry are focusing most of their attention on China, reported SupplierBusiness, an IHS Global Insight company. The report (July 5, 2010) noted that, “Faurecia, ZF Friedrichshafen, GKN and Trelleborg announced expansion plans in China and Continental and Federal-Mogul cited improved prospects in the country.”

Blowmolding weathers capital crunch, 
sustainability surge

By Tony Deligio
Published: July 8th, 2010

On top of a global credit freeze, which made finding financing for capital equipment nearly impossible, a push for greater sustainability from retailers, brand owners, and consumers forced a reexamination of all packaging, including blowmolded bottles, creating challenges and opportunities for suppliers of blowmolding machinery.

The rough patch is not completely past, 
but solid growth is on the way

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 8th, 2010

The recent past has proven tough for many processors in this space, but viewed in the long term, issues such as the need to preserve potable water and to supply more people with sufficient housing mean there is plenty of growth ahead for pipe and profile processing.

K debut for six-month-old battenfeld-cincinnati

By MPW Staff
Published: July 8th, 2010

Only six months removed from the merger that created it, extrusion equipment supplier battenfeld-cincinnati (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany) is promising advances from all three of its divisions at the K (Oct. 27-Nov. 3; Düsseldorf, Germany).

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