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Tool technology can potentially double injection machine output

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 30th, 2010

Plastics processors in high-production-cost environments need to constantly innovate to remain competitive. One Singapore-based processor has shown that by thinking outside the traditional tool box, it can make standard injection molding machines up to twice as productive with minimal investment, and it's prepared to share its Sequential Mold Technology (SMT) with interested parties.

Process proposes conversion of natural gas into ethylene without steam cracking

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 30th, 2010

San Francisco startup Siluria Technologies claims it has invented a proprietary catalytic process to directly convert natural gas into ethylene, without the need for energy- and cash-intensive steam cracking. The company describes its approach as mimicking nature, growing inorganic materials with a bottom-up approach, as opposed to the more conventional top-down synthetic approach.

Synventive and Husky settle hot runner dispute

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 30th, 2010

Synventive Molding Solutions Inc. (Peabody, MA) and Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc. (Bolton, ON) have announced a settlement agreement in their long-running patent-infringement litigation involving hot runner valve-gate systems. On June 30, the two companies announced that they had settled the litigation on "amicable terms" under a Confidential Settlement Agreement. Synventive originally filed suit against Husky in the U.S.

Plastics packaging: Sonoco acquires APT, leading CPET tray thermoformer

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 30th, 2010

Associated Packaging Technologies Inc., which claims to be the world's leading processor of crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) trays, has been scooped up by Sonoco, one of the world's largest packaging processors. Sonoco paid about $120 million all-cash for APT, a price that includes the cost of paying off various obligations of APT.

Denso expands in India with new design center

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 30th, 2010

One of the world's largest Tier-One suppliers of automotive systems is expanding its footprint in India with a new joint venture, which will design—not manufacture—car air conditioning systems. The initial investment for the design center will be $3 million.

Gloucester Engineering Corp. files Chapter 11

By MPW Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

The manufacturer of blown- and cast-film extrusion lines hopes the move will enable it to reorganize and return to profitability. The situation is certainly difficult as one of the recession's lasting effects has been even more aggressive pricing among suppliers bidding for processors' business.   

TPE North American resin pricing, June 21-25: PE and PP steady; June PE contracts in dispute

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

Overview: The spot commodity resin markets showed good trading activity last week, with prices holding steady for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Plastics spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reports that resins were flat in spite of the spot monomer markets trading higher, with short-term ethylene supplies affected by a recently reported cracker outage. PP contracts have followed polymer-grade propylene (PGP) monomer downward, settling $0.08/lb lower in June.

Plastics packaging: New testing equipment could help save on excess barrier material

By MPW Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

Gas-and water-vapor barrier materials add cost and complexity to plastics packaging. What if you could reduce their use, or do away with them entirely? A new testing device helps you reach a quantified decision.

Injection molding: Flexibility to the fore with new aXos control unit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

Making its debut at K 2010 is a twin-screen control unit, called aXos, from injection molding machine machine manufacturer Netstal (Näfels, Switzerland). The upper screen includes a membrane keyboard for manual operation to show status, axis positions, and user-specific markings while the lower screen's main innovations include a free programmable sequence editor so a processor can build his own customized process sequence and will not have to rely on Netstal engineers to create a program specifically for the molding operations.

Need to replace elderly U.S. sewer pipes increases opportunities for extruders

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 28th, 2010

Renewed activity in replacing aging and obsolete water and wastewater pipe infrastructure in many cities throughout the United States will create demand for pipe. A report from The Freedonia Group said that demand is expected to rise 5.8% annually to $19.6 billion in 2014, exceeding 5.3 billion ft.

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