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TPE North American resin pricing, May 31-June 4: PE down $0.01/lb; PP off $0.02/lb; after hitting the $0.70s, ethylene now lower in ‘10

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 9th, 2010

Overview: The slide in spot commodity resin prices that began in May continued into the first week of June, with the average polyethylene (PE) price shedding $0.01/lb and polypropylene (PP) prices giving back another $0.02/lb. Plastics spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that monomer costs also dropped, and market participants fully expect June resin contracts to settle lower.

PolyOne distributing Dow Corning silicones for healthcare sector

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 8th, 2010

PolyOne and Dow Corning helped give a rousing start to the opening day (June 8) of the Medical Design & Manufacturing East show in New York City by jointly announcing that PolyOne is now distributing Dow Corning's silicone products to healthcare device manufacturers and fabricators in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Plastics supplier Solvay ups ante in printed electronics market

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 8th, 2010

A business unit of plastics supplier Solvay has signed a commercial agreement with Thin Film Electronics ASA, a Norwegian company with a novel technique for producing rewritable memories printed on a commercial scale in a continuous roll-to-roll process. The agreement has Solvay Solexis marketing its newly developed Solvene polymer for applications in printed electronics with Thin Film.

Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. barometer remains optimistic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 8th, 2010

The May 2010 OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer shows that generally suppliers are optimistic about 2010, but they have learned some lessons from the 2008-2009 period. One of those is "to run lean and gain efficiencies" in both processes and operations. With production volumes up at the major auto makers, many are now starting to re-staff both in hourly and salaried positions, but doing so carefully. Most suppliers made "broad and deep reductions of salaries, bonus pools, 401(k) contributions, and merit pools," said the OESA report.

Major extrusion merger between Maag Pump Systems and Automatik Plastics Machinery

By MPW Staff
Published: June 8th, 2010

Maag is a leading supplier of gear pumps, filtration systems and screen changers, while Automatik is the leader in pelletizing systems for producing plastic pellets. Both companies will maintain their existing brand names for the time being, and their private equity owners will each hold a 50% stake in the combined firms.

Malaysian converter stretches film capacity

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 8th, 2010

Gloucester Engineering (Gloucester, MA) has shipped a 4000-mm, seven-layer cast stretch-film line to Malaysian processor Scientex Packaging Film (Shah Alam).

The line is slated for commissioning in August 2010. The Gloucester line will provide the highest proven outputs available in the market today for cast stretch film, according to its supplier.

Copolyester cuts package weight by 68%

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

Eastman's (Kingsport, TN) Eastar copolyester has allowed a 68% reduction in the plastic required for a new Bluetooth headset's packaging. Aliph's Jawbone ICON Bluetooth headset received a redesign of its packaging with Eastar replacing polycarbonate (PC), cutting the weight per package from 126g of PC to only 40g of copolyester.

Bayer promotes technology that converts carbon dioxide into PUR

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) is partnering with the country’s largest utility and Aachen University to utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key raw material in the production of polyether polycarbonate polyols (PPPs) that can then be processed into polyurethanes.

Process chemically reverts PUR back to polyol

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

InfiChem Polymers LLC is working toward commercializing its proprietary technology to convert polyurethane scrap foam into new green polyols that are suitable to create new polyurethanes. In 2009, ICP completed the construction and validation of its first production facility located in Sterling Heights, MI. That announcement marked the culmination of research for the Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) between the Dept.

Industramark parent acquires IML firm Fusion Graphics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 7th, 2010

Further consolidation occurs in the label market as a new player in the industry buys a long-time label maker.

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