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Sumitomo Demag announces Arabian partnership to promote turnkey packaging cells

By IMM Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH (Schwaig, Germany) is working with Showrann Trading & Co. (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) to expand its distribution and service networks into the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula in particular. The company has announced a collaboration with Showrann to offer turnkey production systems built around Sumitomo Demag injection technology and including related peripheral and automation components, specifically targeting packaging production.

SABIC signs off on new global application development center in Riyadh

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) has signed a construction contract to build an 80,000m2 application development center, including about 43,000m2 of building space, at the Riyadh Techno Valley research complex inside the King Saud University (KSU) campus.

Prize-winning robot arm is as flexible as an elephant’s trunk

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

You may not see this development in a plastics facility too soon, but the possibilities it brings are certainly interesting for processors. A team of engineers from Festo, a manufacturer of factory and process automation, and from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (German acronym Fraunhofer IPA) were awarded the €250,000 that goes with winning the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2010, presented by the German president, for innovation in technology.

First deal in what could be a wave of Chinese acquisitions of U.S. auto part suppliers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2010

The largest Chinese investment in a U.S.-based automotive supplier was completed earlier this week with the acquisition of steering and driveline systems supplier, Nexteer Automotive (Saginaw, MI) by PCM, an entity formed by PCAS and Beijing E-Town International Investment & Development Co., Ltd. (E-Town), which is itself an affiliate of the Beijing municipal government. Under the agreement finalized Nov.

Bioplastics conference pulls in a healthy crowd

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2010

The 5th annual conference hosted by the European Bioplastics trade group gave a warm welcome to about 365 attendees who traveled to chilly Düsseldorf, Germany to learn the latest on these materials. Most of the presentations today (Dec. 1) focused on material developments, with some of these quite upstream from plastics processors as they highlighted new feedstock material developments, while many were in processors’ sweet spot of masterbatches, compounds, and additives.  

GRT-Mars boosts its engineering support with new 3D printer

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 1st, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., a contract manufacturer of mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies based in Mountainside, NJ, recently added the latest in 3D printing to its engineering department. Its new uPrint 3D personal printer delivers production-grade concept and working models durable enough for functional testing, according to GRT-Mars. The uPrint is a product of Dimension and Stratasys, and offers desktop 3D printing for a sub-$20,000 price.

Strategic partnership formed for acrylic in TFT-LCD and solar energy industries

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2010

Evonik Industries, one of the world's largest suppliers of acrylic, and AU Optronics Corp., a leading manufacturer of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels, have formed a non-exclusive agreement that will focus mainly on research and development, production planning, and manufacturing. Recycling of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) also is being worked on by the two companies.

FDA gives approval to its first C. I. Pigment Blue 36

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2010

Color pigment supplier The Shepherd Color Company can claim a first with the recent announcement that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved for indirect food contact the company's new Blue 10F545 pigment. Blue 10F545 is insoluble in virtually all solvents and resins and will not bleed or migrate, according to Shepherd.

Vision Plastics: seven new presses, 30 drying systems, and more to come

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 30th, 2010

Custom injection molder and contract manufacturer Vision Plastics Inc. (Wilsonville, OR) took delivery of seven Toshiba all-electric molding presses in September. This was the second delivery of Toshiba presses following a purchase contract the company inked at NPE 2009, according to Vision Plastics' President, John Normandin.

Green Box to expand staff, product offerings following successful K

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 30th, 2010

Fresh off a highly successful K show where the company launched a new product that combines two temperature controllers and a chiller in one small footprint, Green Box America Inc. (Bensenville, IL) is expanding its staff, with plans to bring on a new sales manager and sales representative. Jose Garcia-Hernandez, Green Box's director of operations, said the company, the U.S.

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