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U.S. manufacturing technology consumption drops slightly for October

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 17th, 2010

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association released their joint U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) report for October 2010, and so far so good for this year. October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $387.13 million, which was down 2.5% from September, but up 154.9% when compared with the total of $151.86 million for October 2009. With a year-to-date total of $2.477 billion, 2010 is up 83.2% compared with 2009.

New director of international trade joins SPI

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 17th, 2010

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) has named Michael Taylor to the post of senior director of international trade. In that role he will advance SPI's international trade positions before government officials and other policy makers as part of SPI's advocacy team.

With new R&D center, Clariant plans to create a “powerhouse of innovation”

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 17th, 2010

During a gathering this week at the Hoechst Industrial Park on the fringes of Frankfurt, Germany, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO at chemicals and additives supplier Clariant, told the gathered guests that the company will invest more than €50 million ($66 million) in a new "innovation center" in the Park, bringing together the company's R&D and product development personnel in a move he hopes will help propel the company into a "powerhouse of innovation."

J.M. Huber division will market Almatis flame retardants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 17th, 2010

The Huber Engineering Materials (HEM; Atlanta, GA) division of J.M Huber Corp. and Almatis Inc. have agreed that HEM will market certain hydrate flame retardant (FR) products previously made and marketed by Almatis, and that Almatis will be a toll producer of those products for HEM.

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.

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