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Carbon fiber teams up with PEI in tray table arms

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2010

The tray table may be plastic in today's aircraft, but the arms used to lower it come meal service time are aluminum. That could one day change through a development in reinforced thermoplastic technology pioneered by Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) that promises substantial weight savings.

Getting to grips with tiny fragile parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2010

Plastic molded components that are small, fragile, or have an irregular shape can be handled with ease using the Internal Diameter Gripper (IDG) 16-26-33 from >SAS< Automation (Xenia, OH).

American Chemistry Council slams California grocery bag bill

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Reacting to a bill outlawing plastic bags at grocery stores while levying a charge on paper bags, which was approved on June 2 by the California Assembly, Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council in Sacramento, CA sharply criticized it for adding to the general tax burden and for its potentially negative impact on the growing recycling efforts in the state.

Xaloy to expand Thai screw, barrel manufacturing site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Xaloy (New Castle, PA) has announced its plans for what it calls a comprehensive factory expansion at its Chonburi, Thailand operation. The company said the expansion will include an increase in facility size and machinery, as well as technology improvements, with Xaloy in the midst of a global ERP implementation program.

Plastics additives & fillers: Arkema’s nanotubes get EPA approval

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Four years after their market introduction, the company's Graphistrength brand of carbon nanotube fillers now has Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for sale in the U.S. The supplier can look forward to a boost in worldwide sales of its Graphistrength masterbatches, which are already available in Europe and Asia.

Treofan refinances credit line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film maker Treofan Group (Raunheim, Germany) has secured a new €75 million revolving credit facility from a consortium of banks, refinancing the revolving credit facility after showing a strong operating performance of late and completing a debt-to-equity swap last September. The original revolving credit facility was granted in 2006 by Goldman Sachs Lending Partners and has now been replaced by the new credit line extended by multiple banks, including Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, and UniCredit.

Light stabilizers ideal for thick plastic sections

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Additives supplier Songwon (Ulsan, Korea) has debuted two new ultraviolet (UV) light stabilizer additives claimed to deliver superior UV protection of plastics compared with standard UV formulations.

Songlight 2790 GR and Songlight 2930 are particularly suitable for thick plastic sections, where surface and color protection are key to the customer's end-use applications under severe UV irradiation according to the supplier. The 100% UV active systems consist of synergistic blends of several additives.

More options for medical device welding

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2010

The Ultrasonics Div. at Dukane Corp. (St. Charles, IL) has just augmented its portfolio of higher-frequency welders (30, 40, and 50 kHz) targeting processing of smaller medical parts such as valves, ports, filters, and implant components.

Injection molding: Automotive success spurs Engel to double its capacity in China

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 2nd, 2010

With demand in Asia, especially China and its automotive market, growing at a swift pace, the leadership of injection molding machine manufacturer Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) decided today (June 2) to double the potential output of its facility in China, which currently is operating at 100% of its available capacity. MPW learned of the decision during a meeting with Engel CEO Peter Neumann in his company headquarters a few minutes after the decision was reached.

TPE North American resin pricing, May 24-28: PE and PP fall; PE ends May down $0.06/lb; PP loses $0.12/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 2nd, 2010

Overview: Spot resin prices continued to fall as market participants began looking forward to June and an anticipated further drop in contract prices. Spot plastics-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that monomers were also weak, which only added to the overall negative sentiment. Spot-trading volumes were below average throughout May, according to TPE, as buyers pulled out of the market, only buying material on an as-needed basis under the assumption that prices would continue to fall.

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