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Plastics packaging match-up as RPC acquires Superfos

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 16th, 2010

Announced today, the merger of the two will create one of Europe's top 2-3 processors of rigid plastics packaging, and its largest injection molder of packaging. The acquisition, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, is priced at £204.7 million ($319.7 million), making it one of the largest plastics packaging deals of 2010.

Flush with new business, processor buys eight more presses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 16th, 2010

Sanitation and bathroom fixtures manufacturer Thomas Dudley, which molds many of the thermoplastic siphons, valves and overflow controls common to toilets and urinals, has purchased eight Wittmann Battenfeld injection molding machines for its Dudley, West Midlands facility, with the new machines replacing older ones from the same manufacturer.

Purac promotes PLA that acts like ABS

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2010

A new PLA compound promises heat stability and impact strength comparable to acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Key to the technology is the stereo-complex structure derived from Purac's combination of L- and D-lactide monomers for "second-generation" polylactic acids (PLA). Purac noted that its new PLA compound performs at a comparable level to ABS in injection molding applications. That stereo-complex architecture allows PLA grades to have heat-stability up to 180ºC.

Plastics packaging continues to cut into paper

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2010

In selected packaging markets where paper and plastic compete, plastic will increase its overall volume share as it makes further inroads into paper applications, said The Freedonia Group’s latest study, "Paper versus Plastic in Packaging."  While plastic’s share will expand more slowly than in the 2004-2009 period due to the maturity of a number of applications in terms of share controlled by plastics, the benefits and advantages of plastics can’t be overlooked.
   

Replace a seal, save a $1 million project

By MPW Staff
Published: December 15th, 2010

Good things come in small packages, with a good example to be found at additive supplier Amfine. Running into serious problems with a dryer used to prepare nucleating agents, the company was able to replace a seal on a vacuum dryer and save a $1 million project. 

Sheet and film applications eyed eagerly in bioplastics community

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 15th, 2010

Processors and suppliers interviewed at the European Bioplastics conference in Germany early this month made clear they see a bright future for extruded applications made from the various bioplastics commercially available or in late-stage development. The market for these remains a small niche so far but OEMs and brand owners increasingly are keen on having at least some applications transitioning from standard thermoplastics to ones that are based on renewable resources, biodegradable or both.

Keyuan Petrochemicals will boost production capacity 30% to 720,000 tonnes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2010

Keyuan Petrochemicals will expand production capacity 30% from 550,000 to 720,000 tonnes in response to 17% higher production and sales. The Ningbo, China based maker of aromatics, propylene, styrene, MTBE, and other chemicals, will invest $3.8 million to upgrade the catalytic pyrolysis processing equipment used in its existing facilities.

Need LDPE for film clarity or improved processability? Not anymore

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 15th, 2010

Plastic film processors are finding they can reduce the use of LDPE in their film, or even stop adding it entirely, while maintaining similar clarity and processability. Some, in fact, are seeing a big uptick in mechanical properties, even a doubling of impact strength, with a recently introduced metallocene polyethylene from ExxonMobil Chemical.

Lanxess to acquire elastomers business from DSM

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2010

Specialty chemicals and plastics supplier Lanxess reached an agreement in principle to acquire the DSM Elastomers business unit from its parent company, Royal DSM NV, for €310 million on a cash and debt-free basis. DSM Elastomers produces the synthetic rubber ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) under the brand name Keltan.

Processors in Southeast Asia bite the bullet and drop prices for LDPE, LLDPE film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

In Southeast Asia over the past few weeks, processors of LDPE and LLDPE film have been forced to agree to lower prices in many cases as concerns about possible monetary tightening measures inside China have pressured sellers to agree to some discounts in order to move material, especially as prices for LDPE and LLDPE film had posted relatively large increases during the preceding rising trend. This was related to Plasticstoday.com by Chemorbis, the Istanbul, Turkey-based provider of plastics pricing and market information.

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