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New unit marries blowmolding and filling for mid-range outputs

By MPW Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

A new "monobloc" unit from Krones is marketed towards those processors and beverage brand owners who do not need the full output of a large rotary stretch blowmolding unit and filling line. Called Synchroblock and made and marketed by Krones' Kosme subsidiary, the new unit is good for blowing and filling up to 8000 containers an hour.

Young wine keeps old look with new PET bottles

By MPW Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

A PET packaging supplier says it this year has been tasked to supply 45% more bottles for wine than in 2009, including a doubling of the order for PET bottles for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau vintage, underlying the increasing welcome PET is finding among wineries and their customers.

Parts design: Software add-on helps compress time of shell mesh preparation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

A new midplane mesh generator from CoreTech System Co. Ltd., developer of the Moldex3D computer assisted engineering software, is claimed able to provide Moldex3D users with more powerful meshing capabilities to dramatically reduce the time of shell mesh preparation.

New pad design shortens printer changeover time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

Pad printing can be more efficient with the ExpressPad, according to its maker. No tools are needed to replace the pad, and saving five minutes per changeover can turn 40 hours or more of annual downtime into productive uptime.

ITW Trans Tech (Carol Stream, IL) spent the last few years developing a response to what was a common problem for its customers, and using customer input. The resulting ExpressPad not only cuts pad replacement time but also improves the precision and repeatability of pad placement.

Names in the News: Welex’s Nissel, Engel’s Steinbichler, NFM’s Ramsey and Trestini at Dynisco

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

A retirement, a prizewinner, a promotion, and a new hire for Latin America round out our Names in the News today. Leading off is Frank Nissel, who is retiring after more than 60 years in the industry.

Pipe extruder Poloplast plans €20 million investment

By MPW Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

The Vatican, Frankfurt Airport, and the Conference Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi are already among its customers, and the new outlay will help the firm serve an even broader customer base, predicts the company's management. The investment, funded entirely from cash flow, will be invested in new compounding and pipe extrusion equipment, injection molding lines for pipe fittings, and plant infrastructure.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 15-19: PE, PP climb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

Market overview: In the face of sluggish demand and light offers, prices advanced in the plastics spot market. Trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that polyethylene (PE) prices rose between $0.005-$0.025/lb, depending on grade, while polypropylene (PP) prices added another $0.01/lb with limited availability. In some cases PP widespec was priced above processers' contract prime prices.

Bioplastics and composites are key parts of Arkema’s growth plans

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

During the company's Investor Day this week in Paris, France, the management of plastics and chemicals supplier Arkema announced their plans to accelerate the company's growth strategy, with bioplastics and composite plastics cited as two of the pillars to support these plans.

Plastics compounding: Dugdale acquires Berwin Polymer Processing Group’s PVC business

By MPW Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

Dugdale Plc, a compounder of rigid and flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds, acquired the PVC compounding business of Berwin, but there was no transfer of equipment or personnel. The purchase only included intellectual property and customer base, according to a Dugdale spokesperson, in answer to a question from Plasticstoday.com. The acquisition is part of Dugdale's strategy to strengthen and grow its high-service PVC compounding activities and meets Berwin's desire to focus on developing its rubber compounding business.

Spot propylene prices rise in Europe, U.S., retreat in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

Spot propylene prices moved higher over the past week in Europe and the U.S. based on availability concerns as well as better than expected demand from the European market. Meanwhile, spot propylene prices moved downwards in Asia as weaker derivative demand combined with declining upstream costs sent Asian buyers to the sidelines. This all according to ChemOrbis (Istanbul, Turkey), a supplier of plastics pricing information.
 

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