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SPE's mold designer of the year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2010

The Society of Plastics Engineers Mold Making & Mold Design Division named Arthur Stoll, of Armin Tool & Manufacturing Co., Mold Designer of the Year 2010. Stoll, who founded Armin in 1952, helped to set the industry’s bar for quality moldmaking, according to the SPE. As a maker of high-volume, multicavity molds for the injection molding industry, Stoll brought his “flair for ingenuity and problem-solving into every project,” said the SPE.

B&C Q&A #1: Talking construction with Jürgen Arnold

By MPW Staff
Published: November 11th, 2010

Population growth and climate change have turned water into a scarce resource. The infrastructure measures required to meet the resulting demand over the long term imply higher sales of plastics products, such as pipes. The top executive at one of the world's leading extrusion systems manufacturers, Jürgen Arnold, CEO of battenfeld-cincinnati Holding GmbH (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany), shared in an exclusive interview with MPW his insights into the construction industry.

Cereplast adds production shifts, new bioplastic platforms

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 11th, 2010

Thus far in a busy 2010, renewable plastics supplier Cereplast (El Segundo, CA) has been listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and started up a new manufacturing facility in Indiana. And now, as commercial adoption of its materials broadens and a second production shift is added, the company is reorienting its products around two primary "families": compostables and sustainable.

Ametek acquires Atlas in measurement and testing M&A

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 11th, 2010

Monitoring, testing, calibrating, and display instruments supplier Ametek Inc. (Paoli, PA) has acquired weathering test instruments and related testing provider Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC (Chicago) from Industrial Growth Partners for approximately $159 million in cash.

Blowmolding: New takeaway system helps processors handle machines’ higher outputs

By MPW Staff
Published: November 11th, 2010

Extrusion blowmolding machinery gets faster every year, but blowing good parts is just part of a processor's challenge; safely and successfully removing them is another. Designed to help with that latter is the MTM 2001D takeaway system, for use with shuttle blowmolding systems.

Upcoming show could help processors find partners in Middle East

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 11th, 2010

Processors keen to learn more about one of the industry's fastest-growing regions do not have much time left to book their travel as ArabPlast, the Middle East's leading trade show for rubber, plastics and petrochemicals, will be running from Jan. 8-11, 2011, at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

SPE Auto Awards: 40 years of automotive innovation

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 10th, 2010

Through highs and lows, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE; Brookfield, CT) Automotive Innovation Awards have motored on, and on Nov. 9, the venerable event named its 40th class of honorees in Livonia, MI. The evening's biggest winner, taking home the powertrain category and grand award prizes, was the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system from Ford Motor Co. for its 2011 model-year SuperDuty pickup truck.

Processor melds thermosets with thermoplastics in co-ex medical tubing development

By MPW Staff
Published: November 10th, 2010

Plastics processor PolyMedex Discovery Group has developed a means to co-extrude multilayer tubing that merges the best characteristics of thermoset polyimide with those of thermoplastic elastomers. For PolyMedex's customers, the primary value of the new tubing is the ability to utilize the benefits of thermoset polyimide, while mitigating its limitations.  

GRT-Mars forms alliance with Intermatic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 10th, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., a global contract manufacturer of mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies, announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Intermatic Inc., a manufacturer of time-based energy control products based in Spring Grove, IL. The alliance between Intermatic’s Juarez, Mexico, operation and GRT-Mars will offer North American and Latin American OEMs manufacturing solutions that include a state-of-the-art injection molding facility, and electrical and electromechanical assembly capabilities.

Konarka makes move into Australia with Nu Energy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 10th, 2010

Konarka Technologies Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Lowell, MA, announced that is has formed a commercial alliance with Australian-owned solar company Nu Energy that will put Konarka’s Power Plastic into the Australian market for both residential and commercial applications. Power Plastic, thin, light-weight material that converts light to energy, is a polymer-based, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology that provides a source of renewable power in a variety of forms.

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