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BWAY builds plastic pail presence with Plastican acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 13th, 2010

Rigid container manufacturer BWAY Holding Co. (Atlanta, GA) has acquired injection molded plastic container maker Plastican Inc. (Leominster, MA) in a stock purchase transaction. Plastican operates four manufacturing plants located in Leominster, MA; Macon, GA; Dallas, TX; and Phoenix AZ. The company generated net sales of $90 million in 2009.

Plastic pallet supplier iGPS opens new site in Wal-Mart’s neighborhood

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 13th, 2010

Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC), operator of the world's first pallet rental service offering all-plastic pallets with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, last week had an open house for customers and others at its new national sales and innovation center in Bentonville, AR. Bentonville is also home to the Wal-Mart Home Offices, headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores, the largest retailer in the world.

KraussMaffei makes big expansion in Slovakia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 13th, 2010

Plastics processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei has expanded its facility in Martin, Slovakia, so that now the production capacity there for switch cabinets has been doubled. The company also intends to begin assembly there of its AX series of injection molding machines, and produce parts for other plastics processing machinery.

Fencing and decking of wheat straw and recycled plastics are here

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Determined to raise the sustainability among decking and fencing marketers, Nature Composites of Torrington, WY says it is the first company to invent, make, and market such exterior products using wheat straw and recycled plastics as ingredients. 

Nano-sized graphene masterbatches suitable for transparent coatings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Out of Dayton, OH comes this new graphene oxide product that is said to significantly reduce material costs for customers while significantly improving the thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of polymers and composites and improving energy and power density in batteries and supercapacitors.  

Welding, TPE suppliers join forces

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

The union of RF welding and material technologies will allow thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) to be joined via welding, opening up medical-market opportunities in fluid-delivery applications, including bags, tubing, and more. Prior to this development, older RF-welding techniques were restricted to high-dielectric-loss materials and TPEs could only be heat sealed, limiting configurations to straight lines. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been traditional in fluid-delivery applications, has been under increased scrutiny over concerns with halogens and plasticizers.

TPE North American resin pricing, Oct. 4-8: PE and PP down; early headwinds against October contract increases

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Market overview: Resin market activity improved last week, although total spot availability dropped significantly from month-end levels. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that while producer railcar offerings dropped in the first week of October, resellers were eager to satisfy buyer resin requests from their warehoused inventories.

Lead-free transition continues apace

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Perstorp Holding AB, a global producer of polyol, launched a range of micronized polyols for high-performance PVC stabilization. The Holtac portfolio contains a range of polyols with different melting points and hydroxyl numbers to allow customization for specific PVC processing needs. Produced in Germany in Perstorp’s own production facilities, the polyols are formulated and milled to a precise micronized size to meet the high quality demands of the market.

Expanding its medical base, Nypro acquires Schlosser Medizintechnik

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Global plastics-molding-based Nypro (Clinton, MA) says it has completed a definitive agreement to acquire Schlosser Medizintechnik GmbH of Knittlingen, Germany, a supplier of plastic parts to the medical diagnostic device markets in Germany, France, Switzerland, and surrounding areas.

For TK Mold, K show offers chance to highlight its medical, packaging prowess

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Later this month one of the stalwarts of China's moldmaking industry, TK Mold, is making its fifth trip to Düsseldorf, Germany for the triennial K show. This time, say TK Mold officials, the emphasis is showing molders that TK can produce high-cavitation tools for top-end companies in medical and packaging business sectors.

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