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New extrusion monitoring system is epic

By MPW Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

Epic is the name Davis-Standard uses for the supervisory control system it offers with its extruders, and now the Epic system has been upgraded to allow plant managers or operators to monitor multiple lines via a computer or cell phone, remotely and from any location.

BASF increases prices for additives and pigments

By MPW Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

Plastics, additives and chemicals suppliers BASF plans to increase its prices for its additives and pigments sold into the plastics industry. The cost hikes are global in effect and will be "a minimum of 7-25%,", reports the company.

Plastics creating electricity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

With the race on to commercialize photovoltaic cells made with conductive plastics, this article from our friends at sister publication Design News offers a great outlook on these materials as well as an overview of the players, their strategies and their recent conquests.

Spot styrene prices move up in December across the globe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

Global styrene markets have been on a bullish note for most of December in line with the uptick in crude oil and benzene prices. After moving close to the $90/barrel threshold in the early days of December, NYMEX crude oil futures prices have fallen slightly but still hover at about $88/barrel since then.

LMR Plastics, injection molder, adds capacity, new building, and employees, too

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 22nd, 2010

Bob Leonard, president of the custom injection molder, says LMR Plastics has taken advantage of opportunities it sees in the improving economy to win new business, which it will service with new large-tonnage molding machines, a new building, and additional employees.

Plastics imports on the rise in U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 22nd, 2010

What are U.S. companies importing? A lot more plastic products, for one thing. That's made clear in a report released earlier his month which analyzed recent import trends for 29 major U.S. industry groups.

Chevy Volt recycles Gulf oil booms into underhood parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 21st, 2010

Chevrolet is repurposing plastic from oil-soaked booms used in the Gulf oil spill into underhood parts for its electric Volt vehicle. GM, in conjunction with Tier One supplier GDC Inc., will spare hundreds of miles of booms from incinerators and landfills, instead mixing them with other recycled plastics, rubber, and virgin material for components that deflect air around the vehicle's radiator.

Playmobil orders 30 presses from Sumitomo Demag

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 21st, 2010

Toymaker Playmobil has padded its injection molding arsenal with 30 new machines from manufacturer Sumitomo (SHI) Demag. The order actually was made during the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, which ended early last month.

Equity investor nabs plastics film converter Plastic Packaging Technologies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 21st, 2010

Mid Oaks Investments LLC has acquired flexible plastic packaging processor Plastic Packaging Technologies LLC (PPT) for an undisclosed amount. PPT employs about 200 and has processing facilities in Kansas City, KS and Columbus, OH. Its products include converted pouches, bags, and film roll stock.

TPE North American resin prices, Dec. 13-17: PE steady; PP up; $0.12/lb increase on tap for PP in January

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 21st, 2010

Market overview: Spot resin-trading activity was good last week, with mixed prices and an increase in short-term supplies. Polyethylene (PE) prices were mostly steady, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), although its benchmark high-density (HDPE) blowmolding grade was down $0.005/lb. PP prices continued to rally, adding another $0.01/lb, as they built on the previous weeks' gains.

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