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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.
 

Insulated pouches took first place in Pack Expo Selects

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 22nd, 2010

The recent Pack Expo event in Chicago saw a lot of winners in packaging, but the one that came out on top for the Pack Expo Selects 2010 title was Coldkeepers LLC’s Kold-To-Go thermal bags. The package beat out Airlite Plastics’ IML Bucket Line and Ampac’s Vapur water bottle, which came in second and third, respectively.

Electroform adds two-shot press

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 22nd, 2010

Electroform Company Inc. (Rockford, IL) has added a 55-ton, two-shot Arburg injection molding machine to its sampling and R&D facility. “We’re right-sizing our presses to the type of work we’re doing and what our customers’ requirements are,” said Wade Clark, president of Electroform. The new press is for developmental programs for multishot, decorating, and assembling technology for Electroform’s customers.

Composite curing technology eliminates need for autoclaves

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 22nd, 2010

A new method for curing advanced composites that is less expensive and requires 500 to 1000 times less energy than the conventional processes has helped two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, MI) mechanical engineering students win first place at the annual Student Manufacturing Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The doctoral students, Casey Hoffman and Jaron Kuppers, won top honors for their Specialized Elastomeric Tooling (SET) process.

Resin offers up to 50% higher moisture barrier

By MPW Staff
Published: November 22nd, 2010

Nova Chemicals (Pittsburgh, PA) has introduced a new ultrahigh-barrier high-density polyethylene resin for cast film and extrusion coating, promising up to 50% higher moisture-barrier improvement over conventional technology. Called SURPASS EX-HPs667-AB, the resin allows package redesign and improved sustainability for barrier packaging in markets such as snacks, beverages, dairy, pet foods, and lawn and garden applications.

New apps driving specialty chemicals maker's products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 22nd, 2010

Specialty chemicals and materials producer Momentive Performance Materials (www.momentive.com) of Albany, NY, has collaborated with liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding firm, Lee & Lee Hi-Tech Co., to develop light-emitting diode (LED) lens parts for flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, using its Silopren LSR 7000 Series. 

With new line, Russian pipe extruder extends its own, and country's, large-diameter capability

By MPW Staff
Published: November 19th, 2010

The supplier of the equipment, battenfeld-cincinnati, says the purchase by Russian pipe processor ZAO Tehstroi will be the first installation in the country of an extrusion line for large high-pressure plastic pipe.

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