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Nissei debuts vertical hybrids

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2011

Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. (Nagano, Japan) offers processors a total of 19 machine configurations in its all-new TNX Series of hybrid vertical-injection molding machines debuting this month.

Maquiladoras evolving into high-tech operations

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 17th, 2011

Mexico used to be the place where manufacturing was down-and-dirty, with big demand for semi-skilled or unskilled blue-collar laborers. Collectron International Management Inc. (Nogales, AZ) is helping change that image. Collectron was the original “Shelter Program” provider, having coined the term and developed the model some 40 years ago, according to Maria Elena Rigoli, president of Collectron.

Engineered plastics' global demand back on the rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2011

The global market for engineered plastics will exceed 20 million tonnes by 2015, fueled by restored health in most end-use markets, and in particular, the automotive sector. Global Industry Analysts' (GIA) new report on the engineered plastics market notes that Europe and Asia-Pacific will account for a majority share of the global market for the materials, with a continued shifting of global production bases to lower-cost Asian countries.

New nucleating agent already seeing use in commercial polyethylene products

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 17th, 2011

Officially introduced at the K show last October by Milliken, Hyperform HPN-20E already has made its way into commercial use, according to officials at the firm. Processors of extruded films, blowmolded bottles, and injection molded closures all are taking advantage of the new additive to help cut their cycle times and drive productivity improvements.

UK processors can trial energy-saving dryer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2011

The ETA Plus from Motan Colortronic—the latest iteration of its ETA energy-saving technology—offers processors up to 60% in energy savings compared to standard dryers. Want proof? The company's Chesterfield Tech Centre in the UK is now fitted with an ETA Plus dryer for customer trials and demonstrations.

Plastics packaging: Bericap opens closure molding facility for Southeast Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2011

Plastics processor Bericap, one of the world's largest injection molders of plastics closures and caps, has opened an injection molding facility in Singapore to help it better serve its customer base in Southeast Asia. Until this facility came online, those customers had been supplied from Bericap's production facility in China or others in the company's organization. Bericap says the new Singapore facility will be "the nucleus for further expansion of sales and production facilities in Southeast Asia."

Plastics packaging: M&H adds photo-realistic imagery to tube processing

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 17th, 2011

More than two years of development work are paying off at plastics packaging processor M&H. The company now is able to offer its customers, many of them suppliers of cosmetics or personal care products, plastic tubes printed with photo-realistic imagery.

For the processor, as well as its customers, the printing technology offers three main benefits: the quality of the image is improved, no labels are needed, and recycling is eased (as there is no label). Plastic tubes often are decorated with dry offset printing rather than labels, but the quality of the graphics is limited.

Strong Asian ETP demand prompts BASF China expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 14th, 2011

"In the next five years the engineering thermoplastics (ETP) market in Asia is expected to grow at about 8% per annum," says Hermann Althoff, Sr. VP of BASF's engineering plastics unit in Asia Pacific. In a vote of confidence for the company's ability to tap this burgeoning demand, the company recently announced its intent to boost compounding capacity in Shanghai, China, for polyamide and PBT engineering thermoplastics by 65,000 tonnes/year spread over two phases, whereby overall capacity will reach 110,000 tonnes/year by 2015.

Patent issued for technology and device to check mold vents

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 14th, 2011

Improper mold venting can, and frequently does, cause a multitude of processing problems, but now a patented, scientific method and device to help check for proper venting conditions is on the way.

Plastic materials: Electric vehicle charger is greener with Sabic's Valox iQ

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 14th, 2011

The American electrical devices and systems supplier Leviton Mfg. selected Valox iQ resin for the housing of its new portable charger for electric vehicles (EV), thus adding more green to the EV picture. Based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Valox iQ incorporates PCR PET feedstock for a 34%-47% reduction in CO2 and process energy.

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