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American moldmakers still sound optimistic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 20th, 2010

The Fall 2010 Business Forecast Survey of the American Mold Builders Assn. reveals that the economic recovery has been sustained over the past three months as business continues getting better for a majority of respondents. The quarterly survey revealed that current business conditions improved significantly over the previous three months, with 15% of the respondents saying that business is “Excellent”—up six percentage points from 9% of the respondents in the Summer 2010 survey. This is the best percentage for this category in several years.

LME to delist plastics futures

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

Five years after they launched, the London Metal Exchange (LME) has decided to pull the plug on its plastics futures contracts for polypropylene and linear low-density polyethylene, with the last prompt date for all existing contracts to be April 29, 2011. The decision to delist the contract was taken by the LME's board, on the basis of a recommendation by its executive committee. As part of the move, the exchange has decided that the costs of withdrawing outstanding warrants from the LMEsword depository will be waived.

Microorganisms present renewable path to nylon forerunners

By MPW Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

With two additional patents in hand, Genomatica (San Diego, CA) says it's securing the intellectual property around a greener path to nylon. The first patent, awarded from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described microorganisms for the production of adipic acid and other compounds, creating a renewable path to key intermediate chemicals used to produce nylon. The second patent covers methods and organisms for utilizing synthesis gas or other gaseous carbon sources and methanol.

Clariant inaugurates China headquarters in Shanghai, local sales climb 30%

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2010

Specialty chemicals company Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) has officially opened its new Greater China headquarters in Shanghai, with the site including a technical application center for pigments. Clariant also announced the start-up of its new Quinacridon pigment joint venture in Hangzhou. According to Hariolf Kottmann, Clariant CEO, the company has seen a 30% increase in sales in China, more than returning its investment of 150 million Swiss francs (CHF) over the last two and a half years.

Adventures in thermoforming PLA

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 19th, 2010

It seems that last month's SPE Thermoforming conference drew more than one person skeptical of the many claims surrounding the "green" revolution. Common sense, scientific data, and more reliable information could help processors sort fact from fiction.

TPE North American resin pricing, Oct. 11-15: PE and PP lower; producers fight for October contract increases

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 19th, 2010

Overview: Commodity resin trading activity slowed last week as market pricing came under pressure, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Overall spot demand was sluggish as processors sought to limit inventory build out, buying minimal resin in anticipation of lower prices. Resellers that are looking to unload uncommitted material generally seem willing to deal on price for improved volumes.

At ‘new’ molder, 35 tons of plastic each day for closure molding

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 18th, 2010

What began as a small unit within a leading closure moldmaker, which needed a service provider for sampling and pilot-run production, has grown into a leading injection molder of closures for the carton packaging industry—think Tetra Pak—and for PET bottles.

Total-ly new HDPE grade aimed at stretch blowmolding applications

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 18th, 2010

Its official introduction happens next week at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, but Total Petrochemicals already has shared some details on a new grade of high-density polyethylene that can be processed on stretch blowmolding machinery at rates comparable to those achieved with PET.

The plastics supplier (Brussels, Belgium) will introduce to the trade show audience its new SB 1461 grade of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is formulated to run at better than 1700 bottles/cavity/hour rates, on Sidel's stretch blowmolding (SBM) machinery.

A. Schulman acquires Brazilian compounder and additive supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 18th, 2010

A. Schulman Inc. (Akron, OH) has acquired Brazilian masterbatch additive producer and engineered plastics compounder Mash Compostos Plasticos (São Paulo), calling the South American country "a key market" in its overall growth strategy. On April 30, A. Schulman's acquisition of ICO Inc. included two facilities in Brazil. Joseph M. Gingo, A. Schulman chairman, president, and CEO, noted the importance of Brazil for his company going forward.

REVISED: PLA applied for thermoformed yogurt cups

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 18th, 2010

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has developed a polylactic acid (PLA) based plastic for Stonyfield Farm's multipack yogurt cup created on Arcil form, fill, and seal machines from France.

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