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MeadWestvaco acquires Italian molder of trigger sprayers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 15th, 2010

MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV; Richmond, VA) has acquired injection molded trigger-sprayer manufacturer Spray Plast SpA (Romano d'Ezzelino, Italy), saying the company will enhance its Home & Garden business in Europe. The company's all-plastic trigger sprayers are used in the consumer and professional markets, with the deal expected to close in the fourth quarter.

SCARA robot covers all bases, and rapidly to boot

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 15th, 2010

Superior cycle times and larger work envelope access are the key traits of the latest long-reach, zero-footprint RS4 robot from Epson Robots (Carson, CA). "Unique to the Epson RS4 arm is our new workspace design which maximizes work envelope usage," states Michael Ferrara, Director of Epson Robots. "The unique arm structure of Epson RS-Series robots utilizes the entire workspace underneath the arm, defeating the "old" SCARA design limitations so there is no dead space in the center of the work envelope.

B&C Q&A #2: Talking construction with Klaus Kaufmann

By MPW Staff
Published: November 12th, 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 companies, Klaus Kaufmann, managing director Unicor GmbH (Hassfurt, Germany), shared in an exclusive interview with MPW his insight into the construction industry. Kaufmann's company specializes in corrugator systems.

New nanoclay additives pack big, and functional, punch

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 12th, 2010

If you've paid attention to the additives market through the years, then you've heard of nanoclays, and probably wrote them off as a small-scale niche product about 10 years ago. But a supplier out of Valencia, Spain says its use of different types of clays and its ability to add functionality to the nanoparticles means these additives' best days are still ahead of them.

PET event now coincides with two leading beverage fairs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2010

Two leading European beverage shows will now collaborate on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) segment at their respective events.

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.

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