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Romo Durable Graphics acquires Chicago Decal Co.

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2010

Romo Durable Graphics (De Pere, WI), a manufacturer of custom durable graphics and printer of pressure-sensitive and in-mold decals and labels, announced the acquisition of Chicago Decal Co., also a leading graphics printer in the decal and product identification market. The parent company of Chicago Decal, Chicago Freight Car, made a strategic business redirection that does not include the printing industry, and Romo saw this as an opportunity to merge with a company with complimentary capabilities that will bring value to its business.

2000-2010 a “de-industrialization decade” for U.S. manufacturing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 1st, 2010

Calling it a "de-industrialization decade", the U.S. Business and Industry Council's (USBIC) analysis of new trade and output data showed that 70 different U.S. manufacturing industries ran trade deficits in 2009 at a time when the recession depressed domestic demand, with alarming rates of decline going back to 2000.

German machine makers cautiously optimistic; China takes output lead

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 1st, 2010

Double-digit growth in orders and demand in the first quarter of 2010 for plastics processing machinery proved a pleasant balm on the sores left by the unprecedented drop in business that took place during the Great Recession of 2008-'09. The annual meeting on May 27 of Germany's plastics processing machinery association members made clear that the group's leadership remains cautiously optimistic that business will continue to improve.

Plastics extrusion: At battenfeld-cincinnati, merger’s concrete benefits take shape rapidly

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 1st, 2010

In a recent meeting in his office in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, Jürgen Arnold, CEO of the newly formed battenfeld-cincinnati, spent time with MPW to provide an update on the changes his company has made, offered an outlook at the current and coming market situation, and, most important, addressed why he believes his company's recent changes are sure to help his company's customers.

Bioplastics companies report solid growth, expect more of the same

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 1st, 2010

In response to a survey conducted by the industry's largest bioplastics trade group, most of the group's members replied that 2009 turned out to be a solid business year. Many in fact said revenue growth even exceeded 5% last year, one that for many in the plastics industry was a wash at best.

With new Alliance, Chinese TPE supplier makes play into North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 31st, 2010

A new joint venture between Alliance Polymers & Services LLC, a recently formed thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) distributor in Michigan, and Chinese compounder Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. Ltd. appears to give both companies what they need. Alliance comes nearly out of the gate with a broad product portfolio, and Polymax gets a foothold into a major new market.

Tanks, trains no problem for recycled-plastic bridges

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

Two new railroad bridges show the power of plastics—recycled plastics, that is.

Axion International Inc., headquartered in New Providence, NJ, just completed two new railroad bridges at the Army’s Fort Eustis in Virgina that are made entirely from 100% recycled post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. The bridges were dedicated in ceremonies on Thursday, May 27, with experts from the Fort Eustis, Axion International Holding Inc. and Centennial Contractors Enterprises Inc., speaking.

Antimicrobial polymers earn NSF grant

By MPW Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

A line of antimicrobial polymers for device and material applications has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the development of antimicrobial sutures. The PolyCides line of polymers from PolyMedix Inc. (Radnor, PA) has one grade in particular that shows promise for development as an active agent in antimicrobial sutures.

Ongoing changes to ethylene market "significant"

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

"The global ethylene industry is in the midst of significant change." That's the conclusion of the newly completed 2010 World Ethylene Cost Study from Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI, Houston), which undertook a detailed analysis of more than 270 ethylene production facilities throughout the world, revealing the average ethylene plant production costs of each of the major producing regions and countries.

PC glazing offers blast protection in construction

By MPW Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

Newly launched polycarbonate-based laminate composites provide blast resistance that exceeds current anti-terrorism force-protection standards, including those with the highest defined levels of pressure loads and shock waves.

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