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Project REACHes out to processors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

As it reaches the quarter-way mark of its two-year span, an ongoing collaborative effort focusing on REACH legislation in Europe has reached some preliminary conclusions. For instance, the project has identified varying levels of awareness of REACH at processors across the EU member states and what the group's members call "a severe lack of specific information" about REACH relating to the plastics industry.

In with the red, but without halogens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

A new additive gives processors' products the same brilliant red coloration they need while also responding to their customers' concerns about halogen-bearing products.

Event planned for UK’s PET extrusion and recycling market

By MPW Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

The United Kingdom's polyester extrusion and recycling industries have grown significantly in the past years, so this supplier of equipment used in these processes sees a good opportunity to bring together a group of experts, processors, recyclers and more to spend a day discussing the industries' changing face. Among the presenters will be a Coca-Cola executive responsible for the company's initiatives in PET collection and bottle-to-bottle recycling.

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.”

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