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Currier adds ISBM to its portfolio

By MPW Staff
Published: May 25th, 2010

Custom injection molder and extrusion blowmolder Currier Plastics Inc. has added two injection stretch blowmolding machines from Aoki to its stable, enabling Currier also to offer that process to its customers. The acquisition, made with an investment of some $1.1 million, enables Currier to expand its blowmolding footprint so that it now can pursue PET bottle blowing projects.

First come, first served for free melt flow analysis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 25th, 2010

Injection molders attending the Plastec East show held June 8-10, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City may want to bring some part files with them. Software supplier Visi USA (Wixom, MI) is offering free melt flow analysis every afternoon at the show, but you need to be among the first in line. Plastec East is organized by PlasticsToday parent company Canon Communications.

Long-time participants complete booth space lottery for NPE2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2010

Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington, DC) member companies that have exhibited in at least 15 of the 26 NPEs participated in a lottery on Monday that will determine the initial order in which exhibitors choose space for NPE2012 in Orlando. The 64 participating companies were grouped by exhibiting history, according to Gene Sanders, Sr. VP trade shows SPI, with the Member 26 group, for example, consisting of companies that have exhibited at all 26 NPEs.

Johnson Controls looking to acquire Visteon units

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2010

Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI; Milwaukee, WI), a Tier-One auto parts manufacturer, announced that it sent a letter yesterday to Visteon Corp. expressing interest in acquiring Visteon’s interiors and electronics businesses. JCI is offering $1.25 billion in cash for the businesses, subject to due diligence, the execution of a definitive agreement, and the approval of JCI’s board of directors, according to a release from JCI.

Additive manufacturing market, developments continue growing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 24th, 2010

The additive-manufacturing (AM) industry has become stronger over its sometimes up-and-down 22-year history, and gained a formal name (additive manufacturing) that provides a better descriptor of what the various processes can actually do, as opposed to the original name of “rapid prototyping.” Still, there remains demand for the RP process, notes Scott Harmon, VP of business development for Z Corporation.

Copolyester takes on PC in 3-, 5-gallon water bottles

By MPW Staff
Published: May 24th, 2010

Already displacing the material in items like baby- and portable water bottles, Eastman's Tritan copolyester has staked out another polycarbonate (PC) conversion: reusable 3- and 5-gal water bottles for the home/office delivery (HOD) market. Officially launched by industrial packaging supplier Greif Packaging, a subsidiary of Greif Inc. (Delaware, OH), in January, the bottle's development began about a year prior, according Rick Volker, Greif sales and marketing manager.

Cloud computing comes to plastic molding simulation

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 24th, 2010

Autodesk Moldflow says its Project Cumulus initiative, where Moldflow Insight users can leverage the processing power of multiple computers through cloud computing, will finally allow plastics processors and designers to fully utilize the simulation software's capabilities.

Schneider Electric installs four more Laser Design systems

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2010

With Laser Design scanning systems already installed in its facilities in China, France, India, and the U.S., you could assume that Schneider Electric, the global supplier of energy management systems for infrastructure, was pleased with their performance, but lest there be any doubt, Schneider recently installed four more.

VistaTek founders pass baton to the next generation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 21st, 2010

On May 19, 2010, during a company meeting at the prototyping/moldmaking/molding business VistaTek Technologies (St. Paul, MN), Jim and Lorinda Mishek, who founded the company in 1996, officially announced their retirement. However, the transfer of ownership to the next generation has been under way for the last year.

The couple's oldest son, Dan Mishek (35), is stepping into the role of managing director. Their daughter, Jennifer Sutherland (33), will continue as director of operations, and second son Allen Mishek (29) will continue to head up VistaTek's marketing work.

Noryl gains another wire insulation crossover from PVC

By MPW Staff
Published: May 21st, 2010

A modified polyphenylene oxide (PPO) has been applied in wire harness insulation to create a product that's inherently flame retardant (FR) and free of environmentally harmful heavy metals. Nissei Eco Co. Ltd. codeveloped the insulation, called ECO-01, with Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA), utilizing that company's Flexible Noryl material. Sabic IP has positioned Noryl as an alternative for OEMs looking to move away from wire-jacketing stalwart polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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