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Names in the News: In memoriam—Fred Cooke and Michael Madden

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 3rd, 2011

The plastics industry lost two professionals in the weeks leading up to the end of 2010. Fred Cooke was one of the industry's early pioneers, while Michael Madden was still a very active industry player when he passed away just before Christmas.

Top plastics news stories of 2010? Consider China, bioplastics, consumer concerns, price hikes, and the industry’s resurgence

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 30th, 2010

The five top news stories of the year? This was the year the industry bounced back from a crash, a year in which the K show punctuated that return to solid business, and a year that saw its fair share of M&A action…it’s an impossible task to limit such a list to just five events.

Fran Zappitelli named president of Bulk Molding Compounds Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 30th, 2010

Thermoset bulk molding materials maker Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI; West Chicago, IL) has named Fran Zappitelli its new president of global operations, with responsibility for all operational performance of the company worldwide.

Trade fair: Chinaplas 2011 will emphasize rubber sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 30th, 2010

When attendees pass through the doors of the Chinaplas 2011 show in Guangzhuo from May 17-20, show organizer Adsale says they will find a new Rubber Machinery and Equipment Zone, an acknowledgement of this fast-growing part of China's manufacturing sector.

Adsale says the sales volume of Chinese rubber products grew to RMB 220.5 billion ($33.3 billion) in the first five months of 2010, compared with the same period in 2009, an increase of slightly more than 35%, and notes that the rubber industry has already overcome the adversity caused by the global financial crisis.

Plastic additives: Flame retardant demand is—you guessed it—on fire

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 30th, 2010

Consumer product safety remains a high profile subject at manufacturers of electrical goods and other products, with the result a spotlight shining on the flame retardants in the plastics used in these products. As more of the world's population climbs into the middle class, with extra cash for consumption, demand around the world for E/E items will climb—and with it the demand for flame retardant plastics.

Speed and automation emphasis in new CAM package

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 30th, 2010

Mastercam X5 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation according to vendor CNC Software, Inc. (Tolland, CT). Smart Hybrid Finishing, new dynamic milling techniques, and ISCAR support combine with dozens of additional new enhancements in a package intended to improve tool shop-floor productivity.

Injection molding: The top five from 2010



By Rob Neilley
Published: December 29th, 2010

The injection molding industry worldwide had a comeback year in 2010, bouncing back from a dismal 2009, especially in developed countries. Many if not most players in the industry are hopeful that the upward trajectory will continue in 2011 but use the term cautious optimism to describe their feelings.



TPE North American resin pricing, Dec. 20-24: PE flat; PP up $0.025/lb; PP could see a $0.17/lb contract increase in January

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 29th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were "very quiet" during the holiday-shortened week, with few fresh offers for polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), as spot availability has dwindled into the year-end. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that PE prices were steady, but PP continued its march upward, fed by "skyrocketing" monomer costs.

Blowmolding: OEM takes processing in house as traffic safety device sales grow

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 29th, 2010

As demand for its products took off, officials at highway safety products manufacturer TrafFix Devices Inc. decided to bring their blowmolding in-house to help support continued growth and lower costs. Fast color changeover was one of the reasons the company went with machines from Graham Engineering.

Top five materials developments of 2010

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 28th, 2010

Rare is a major development in plastics materials technology; most movement is measured in minor adjustments and additions to the plastics already offered. That was again the case in 2010, but that hardly means there weren’t very notable advances. Nanofillers, bioplastics, and multi-material processing, to name just three, clearly are changing the plastics processing landscape. 

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