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Jersey processor ups ante on its MIM capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 10th, 2010

Polymer Technologies Inc. (PTI), a custom plastic and metal injection molding company based in Clifton, NJ, has completed a significant equipment upgrade to expand its metal injection molding capabilities by installing two new gas tanks-one each for hydrogen and nitrogen- on the company's property.

Indiana high schools teach molding/moldmaking skills

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 10th, 2010

Five years ago, the citizens of Evansville, IN passed an initiative to build a new vocational-technical center in that town, and bring all the various classes throughout the area under one roof. The result was the 245,000-ft2 Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center (SICTC). Not only did voters give the school the money for the building, they also gave it a half-million dollars to buy equipment, an important factor in training young people in today’s manufacturing skills.
  

Extrude better product at lower cost with improved plastic tube line

By MPW Staff
Published: December 10th, 2010

Auxiliary equipment manufacturer Conair has made a number of changes to its cooling tank and other downstream equipment and controls, all geared to help processors of plastics tubing improve process stability, and provide stricter control of wall thickness, ovality and cut-to-length tolerances. Systems are available for extrusion of medical tubing and also for non-medical products like aquarium tubing, small-gauge irrigation tubing and pneumatic airway tubing.

Bayer shifts PC business to China; plans €1 billion investment there in plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 9th, 2010

In an acknowledgement that the majority of the world's polycarbonate demand stems from plastics processors in the Asia/Pacific region, and will for years to come, one of the leading suppliers of the materials, Bayer MaterialScience, is shifting the headquarters of its global polycarbonate activities from the company HQ in Germany to Shanghai.

M&A News: Cenveo buys Gilbreth, Rotonics sells to McKinnis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 9th, 2010

In mergers and acquisition news out of the United States this week, label converter and printer Cenveo acquired Gilbreth Packaging Solutions, a converter of full body shrink sleeves and other flexible packaging, in a deal on the East coast. On the shores of the Pacific, meanwhile, Rotonics Manufacturing Inc.'s plans to close its rotomolding facility in Gardena, CA were halted after it was able to sell the operation to Sherman McKinnis, the man who actually founded the company in 1973.

Plastics manufacturer receives small business of the year award, caps off strong year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 9th, 2010

Vista Technologies LLC (VistaTek), recently received the Small Business of the Year award by the Vadnais Heights (MN) Economic Development Corp. (VHEDC). “This award is more of a reflection of VistaTek’s great employees,” said Dan Mishek, managing director and co-owner of this second-generation manufacturing company. Because they embrace change and remain motivated, we have been able to battle out of this recession and continue our community service in the local region.”
   

Spot prices for propylene rise across the globe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 9th, 2010

Spot propylene prices have moved higher in Europe, Asia and the U.S. recently based on healthy demand as well as supply limitations in Europe and Asia due to a naphtha shortage. The continuous increases seen over the past week in the upper end of the upstream chain were amongst other factors pushing spot propylene prices up in these regions. This all was related to Plasticstoday.com by Chemorbis, the Istanbul, Turkey-based provider of plastics pricing and market information.

Update: Nestlé using Cardia Bioplastics for rigid packaging applications

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 9th, 2010

As we reported in an article in this space late last month, Nestlé, the largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company in the world, plans to work with Cardia Bioplastics and that company's bioplastics to reduce the environmental impact of as-yet unidentified packaging. The scale of the agreement also is not being made public.

Corn-based isosorbide could serve as BPA replacement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 8th, 2010

Agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland Company has begun marketing isosorbide as part of its Evolution Chemicals product range. Isosorbide, derived from corn, is a potential alternative to the petroleum-based chemical Bisphenol A in plastics, epoxy resin and other applications.

Matrix Tooling earns medical certification

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 8th, 2010

Receiving an ISO 13485 certification is critical to molders and moldmakers serving the medical market. Matrix Tooling and its custom molding division, Matrix Plastic Products, recently added that cert to their quality system.

Matrix Tooling Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) and Matrix Plastic Products, its custom molding sister company, recently achieved ISO 13485:2003 certification, the international quality management standard for medical devices. The certification was received at the same time that Matrix was renewing its existing ISO 9001:2008 certificate.

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