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Casey Container secures order for Ecopure-based biodegradable PET preforms

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 3rd, 2010

A U.S.-based bottled water company will take start taking delivery of approximately 250,000 biodegradable preforms a week from Casey Container Corp., marking that company's first purchase order.

EMI shielding nearly doubled with carbon fiber-filled polyamide compound

By MPW Staff
Published: December 3rd, 2010

Winona, Minnesota-based plastics compounder PlastiComp LLC has developed a long carbon fiber-filled compound, using nylon as its matrix material, that it says reaches shielding levels almost double that of comparable compounds, while also being more cost-efficient and retaining better mechanical properties.

The long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) compounds the company now markets provide up to 70 dB shielding in the megahertz and higher frequency ranges. Applications are anticipated in parts and enclosures in consumer electronics.

Smithers Group acquires Pira

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 3rd, 2010

The Smithers Group, parent company of plastics testing and consulting company Smithers Rapra, has acquired Pira, which produces reports and conducts testing for clients in the packaging, paper, and print industries and their supply chains. Smithers' officials say the purchase represents a strategic fit for their company.

Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser named to Industry Week’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 2nd, 2010

The Reshoring Initiative, founded by Harry Moser, who spent 22 years as president of Charmilles Technologies Corp., now GF Agie Charmilles, has become Moser’s passion over the past year. The Initiative has grown in scope and provides useful information, data, and tools for manufacturers to calculate their cost of ownership for offshoring work to an LLCC (Low Labor Cost Country). Recently Industry Week inducted Moser into its Manufacturing Hall of Fame, which honors individuals for their overall contribution to American manufacturing.

Plastic bottle recycling rises as plastic bottle usage drops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

Americans recycled more plastics bottles in 2009 for the 20th straight year, although the overall recycling rate remains at just 28%. The amount of bottles recycled rose 46 million lb (2%) in 2009, hitting a record 2.5 billion lb, according to figures released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Assn. of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR).

Sumitomo Demag announces Arabian partnership to promote turnkey packaging cells

By IMM Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH (Schwaig, Germany) is working with Showrann Trading & Co. (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) to expand its distribution and service networks into the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula in particular. The company has announced a collaboration with Showrann to offer turnkey production systems built around Sumitomo Demag injection technology and including related peripheral and automation components, specifically targeting packaging production.

SABIC signs off on new global application development center in Riyadh

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) has signed a construction contract to build an 80,000m2 application development center, including about 43,000m2 of building space, at the Riyadh Techno Valley research complex inside the King Saud University (KSU) campus.

Prize-winning robot arm is as flexible as an elephant’s trunk

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 2nd, 2010

You may not see this development in a plastics facility too soon, but the possibilities it brings are certainly interesting for processors. A team of engineers from Festo, a manufacturer of factory and process automation, and from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (German acronym Fraunhofer IPA) were awarded the €250,000 that goes with winning the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2010, presented by the German president, for innovation in technology.

First deal in what could be a wave of Chinese acquisitions of U.S. auto part suppliers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2010

The largest Chinese investment in a U.S.-based automotive supplier was completed earlier this week with the acquisition of steering and driveline systems supplier, Nexteer Automotive (Saginaw, MI) by PCM, an entity formed by PCAS and Beijing E-Town International Investment & Development Co., Ltd. (E-Town), which is itself an affiliate of the Beijing municipal government. Under the agreement finalized Nov.

Bioplastics conference pulls in a healthy crowd

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2010

The 5th annual conference hosted by the European Bioplastics trade group gave a warm welcome to about 365 attendees who traveled to chilly Düsseldorf, Germany to learn the latest on these materials. Most of the presentations today (Dec. 1) focused on material developments, with some of these quite upstream from plastics processors as they highlighted new feedstock material developments, while many were in processors’ sweet spot of masterbatches, compounds, and additives.  

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