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Silicone molder and extruder expands into thermoplastic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Silicone molding is a growth area these days, in terms of both applications and thermoplastics molders moving into it. However, Sil-Pro LLC (Delano, MN) is going the other way—a silicone molder expanding into thermoplastics molding.

Canada plans Plastics Innovations Forums, pairing researchers with processors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

The Canadian Plastics Industry Assn. (CPIA) will host a series of Plastics Innovation Forums across the country in a bid to put "promising R&D" within reach of smaller Canadian companies. "The industry has to keep moving up the value chain," Mark Badger, CPIA president and CEO said in a release. "We need to shift more production from commodity goods to higher-end products. That means investing in innovation and new technologies."

PEEK seals stop oil leaks on vintage motorcycles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Bruce Argetsinger is a plastics molder, and a flat-track motorcycle racer. Watching riders at tracks replacing brass intake manifold seals with PEEK polymer was more than enough to kick-start a new product line for his company.

Argetsinger is owner/CEO of Mold Threads Inc. (MTI; Branford, CT), so he instantly knew that  PEEK polymer, which is made by Victrex, was the best material for the job. He molds a number of complex parts from this high performance polymer. In about the same instant, he also knew he could injection mold the seals at a much lower cost.

Mold-Masters acquires PET partner ABBA

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Hot runner supplier Mold-Masters (Georgetown, ON) has acquired PET components company partner, ABBA Systems, and announced a new brand called MasterPET, shifting away from the iPET brand it launched with ABBA in September 2009 during Drinktec.

In its fifth iteration, bioplastics conference to tackle present challenges, future opportunities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

Last year's event drew more almost 400 attendees and, with interesting the materials continuing to gather pace, don't be surprised if the 5th European Bioplastics Conference, scheduled for Dec. 1-2 in Düsseldorf, Germany, brings in a crowd as large or larger.

As yet, say the oprganziers, more than 25 experts from all over the world have confirmed they will present at the event, while the adjacent exhibition also is filling its ranks.

Names in the News: Husky’s Urquhart, Demag’s Votinov and TKSC’s Al-Munifi

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

At Husky Injection Molding Systems—the Bolton, ON-based manufacturer of hot runners, PET perform molds, and injection molding machines—Carmen Lowe, its VP, North American sales since 2008, announced his intention to retire after 23 years with the company. Succeeding him will be Mike Urquhart, who since 2007 has been VP, Latin American sales and now will assume sales leadership responsibility for Husky's business throughout the Americas.

Integral secures sixth licensee for Electriplast conductive resin

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

Integral Technologies Inc. (Bellingham, WA), creator of the electrically conductive resin-based material called ElectriPlast, has sold its sixth license for the material. The undisclosed  licensee, which is described by Integral as "leading provider of military system solutions" will be using ElectriPlast in "highly reliable and durable military parts." Integral added that Electriplas will allow the customer to develop components "based on weight factors and harsh environments."

Non-halogen flame retardant additive applies 'micro nano silicon' technology

By MPW Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

A new non-halogen phosphate flame retardant additive utilizes proprietary "micro nano silicon" to provide flame retardancy in plastics. American Nano Silicon Technologies Inc. (Nanchong, China) is building out a production line with ultimate output of approximately 30,000 tons/yr. The first production line, with 5000 tons of capacity, will begin construction in October 2010, with full capacity reached by the summer of 2011.

Shini, Syncro extrusion equipment venture taking solid shape

By MPW Staff
Published: September 29th, 2010

Hoping to help bridge the divide between the desire for low cost and the need for high-end technology, Shini-Syncro Extrusion Process Control (Dongguan) Inc. is the name of a recently formed business planning to supply extrusion equipment, primarily for film extrusion, to processors in China and throughout Asia.

China's extrusion market is growing rapidly, with more than 8000 lines installed each year in the country. Most are domestically manufactured but the total spend is drastically in favor of imported equipment.

Reichel to retire from KraussMaffei after 45 years

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

After 45 years with the company, Manfred Reichel will step down as CEO of KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH and head of extrusion at KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH effective Oct. 1, and be replaced by Hans Ulrich Golz. Golz, who will also join the managing board, comes to KM from MAG Powertrain GmbH (Eislingen, Germany), a manufacturer of machine tools and manufacturing systems, where he has served as chairman and CEO since 2008.

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