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A good run for Erema: Twelve weeks and €38 million in orders

By MPW Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

The Austrian manufacturer of plastics recycling machinery says the weeks leading up to and immediately following the triennial K show (Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2010) proved to be some of the best in the company's history as it took orders for €38 million worth of equipment in the span of just three months.

TPE North American resin pricing, Dec. 6-10: PE down $0.01/lb; PP up $0.02/lb; ethylene falls $0.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets saw good activity last week, with volatile prices and an overall increase in availability. Polyethylene (PE) rallied early in the week before ultimately shedding a penny, while polypropylene moved steadily higher, finishing with a $0.02/lb gain. December contract prices remained undetermined, but spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), stated that PP contracts will likely settle up $0.03/lb, in tandem with polymer grade propylene's (PGP) increase.

Solo Cup given Keep America Beautiful award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

Solo Cup Co. (Lake Forest, IL) has received the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award from the Keep America Beautiful organization (KAB; Stamford, CT) in recognition of Solo's ongoing support of sustainability education, as well as sustainable improvements in its communities. Solo also has moved its product mix in the direction of sustainability.

Unique Tool & Gauge builds mold from largest 7000 Series aluminum block ever forged

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 13th, 2010

Unique Tool & Gauge (Windsor, ON) and Alcan Aluminum, a global supplier of aluminum for a variety of industries including moldmaking, collaborated on a mold for front wheel-well liners for a high-volume sedan that is produced in the U.S. The 11,000-lb forging of Alumold 500 measured 70 x 52 x 31 inches, and is the largest forging ever done in 7000 Series aluminum, according to Alcan’s Manager of Customer Applications Engineering, Dan Popescu. 
   

Greiner Packaging opens first facility in Americas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 13th, 2010

After two expansions into Eastern Europe earlier his year, and multiple other developments in Eastern Europe in the past years, packaging processor Greiner has turned its compass on its head and now opened a new corporate facility for the Americas in Mexico. Production at the new site, located in Apodaca, a municipality within Monterrey, started this month. This is Greiner's first processing facility outside of Europe and the processor indicates it will be the first of several.

ISM survey forecasts economic growth to continue in 2011

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 13th, 2010

Expections among the nation’s purchasing and supply management executives who responded to the ISM’s semiannual economic survey are for the recovery to continue through 2011. The manufacturing sector continues to “outpace the non-manufacturing sector and has greater expectations for growth in terms of revenue,” said this group. “The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011,” said the report on the survey.

Delphi presents award to Arburg Brazil as top supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 13th, 2010

The automotive systems supplier made the presentation to injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg as part of Delphi's awards convention, held in São Paulo. The leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transport systems for the automotive sector bestowed the award on the Arburg subsidiary in Brazil for its role as an outstanding supplier in South America.

Bottler plans major expansion for bioplastics bottles

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 13th, 2010

Captive extrusion blowmolding capacity at Italian lemon juice bottler Polenghi Group is to be expanded as the company, which now runs six EBM lines, plans to be processing about 10 million of its lemon-shaped bottles per year by 2015.

Patented tech boosts natural fiber content in molded parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 12th, 2010

Innovative Plastics and Molding (IPM) has added a Canadian patent to its U.S. patent for a technology that utilizes fluid assist to produce molded parts with a high natural-fiber content for a superior stiffness-to-weight ratio, as well as cost advantages.

Jersey processor ups ante on its MIM capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 10th, 2010

Polymer Technologies Inc. (PTI), a custom plastic and metal injection molding company based in Clifton, NJ, has completed a significant equipment upgrade to expand its metal injection molding capabilities by installing two new gas tanks-one each for hydrogen and nitrogen- on the company's property.

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