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Need LDPE for film clarity or improved processability? Not anymore

By Matt Defosse
Published: December 15th, 2010

Plastic film processors are finding they can reduce the use of LDPE in their film, or even stop adding it entirely, while maintaining similar clarity and processability. Some, in fact, are seeing a big uptick in mechanical properties, even a doubling of impact strength, with a recently introduced metallocene polyethylene from ExxonMobil Chemical.

Lanxess to acquire elastomers business from DSM

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2010

Specialty chemicals and plastics supplier Lanxess reached an agreement in principle to acquire the DSM Elastomers business unit from its parent company, Royal DSM NV, for €310 million on a cash and debt-free basis. DSM Elastomers produces the synthetic rubber ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) under the brand name Keltan.

Processors in Southeast Asia bite the bullet and drop prices for LDPE, LLDPE film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

In Southeast Asia over the past few weeks, processors of LDPE and LLDPE film have been forced to agree to lower prices in many cases as concerns about possible monetary tightening measures inside China have pressured sellers to agree to some discounts in order to move material, especially as prices for LDPE and LLDPE film had posted relatively large increases during the preceding rising trend. This was related to Plasticstoday.com by Chemorbis, the Istanbul, Turkey-based provider of plastics pricing and market information.

Multi-faceted Currier Plastics adds 3D scanner system

By Rob Neilley
Published: December 14th, 2010

If the name Currier Plastics sounds familiar to you it's because the Auburn, NY injection and blowmolder has been relentlessly investing in value-adding technology during 2010. Its latest addition is part of its systematic reverse engineering: a NextEngine 3D Scanner that improves client design support and shortens time to market.

A good run for Erema: Twelve weeks and €38 million in orders

By MPW Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

The Austrian manufacturer of plastics recycling machinery says the weeks leading up to and immediately following the triennial K show (Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2010) proved to be some of the best in the company's history as it took orders for €38 million worth of equipment in the span of just three months.

TPE North American resin pricing, Dec. 6-10: PE down $0.01/lb; PP up $0.02/lb; ethylene falls $0.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets saw good activity last week, with volatile prices and an overall increase in availability. Polyethylene (PE) rallied early in the week before ultimately shedding a penny, while polypropylene moved steadily higher, finishing with a $0.02/lb gain. December contract prices remained undetermined, but spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), stated that PP contracts will likely settle up $0.03/lb, in tandem with polymer grade propylene's (PGP) increase.

Solo Cup given Keep America Beautiful award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

Solo Cup Co. (Lake Forest, IL) has received the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award from the Keep America Beautiful organization (KAB; Stamford, CT) in recognition of Solo's ongoing support of sustainability education, as well as sustainable improvements in its communities. Solo also has moved its product mix in the direction of sustainability.

Unique Tool & Gauge builds mold from largest 7000 Series aluminum block ever forged

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 13th, 2010

Unique Tool & Gauge (Windsor, ON) and Alcan Aluminum, a global supplier of aluminum for a variety of industries including moldmaking, collaborated on a mold for front wheel-well liners for a high-volume sedan that is produced in the U.S. The 11,000-lb forging of Alumold 500 measured 70 x 52 x 31 inches, and is the largest forging ever done in 7000 Series aluminum, according to Alcan’s Manager of Customer Applications Engineering, Dan Popescu. 
   

Greiner Packaging opens first facility in Americas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 13th, 2010

After two expansions into Eastern Europe earlier his year, and multiple other developments in Eastern Europe in the past years, packaging processor Greiner has turned its compass on its head and now opened a new corporate facility for the Americas in Mexico. Production at the new site, located in Apodaca, a municipality within Monterrey, started this month. This is Greiner's first processing facility outside of Europe and the processor indicates it will be the first of several.

ISM survey forecasts economic growth to continue in 2011

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 13th, 2010

Expections among the nation’s purchasing and supply management executives who responded to the ISM’s semiannual economic survey are for the recovery to continue through 2011. The manufacturing sector continues to “outpace the non-manufacturing sector and has greater expectations for growth in terms of revenue,” said this group. “The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011,” said the report on the survey.

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