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Processor melds thermosets with thermoplastics in co-ex medical tubing development

By MPW Staff
Published: November 10th, 2010

Plastics processor PolyMedex Discovery Group has developed a means to co-extrude multilayer tubing that merges the best characteristics of thermoset polyimide with those of thermoplastic elastomers. For PolyMedex's customers, the primary value of the new tubing is the ability to utilize the benefits of thermoset polyimide, while mitigating its limitations.  

GRT-Mars forms alliance with Intermatic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 10th, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., a global contract manufacturer of mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies, announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Intermatic Inc., a manufacturer of time-based energy control products based in Spring Grove, IL. The alliance between Intermatic’s Juarez, Mexico, operation and GRT-Mars will offer North American and Latin American OEMs manufacturing solutions that include a state-of-the-art injection molding facility, and electrical and electromechanical assembly capabilities.

Konarka makes move into Australia with Nu Energy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 10th, 2010

Konarka Technologies Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Lowell, MA, announced that is has formed a commercial alliance with Australian-owned solar company Nu Energy that will put Konarka’s Power Plastic into the Australian market for both residential and commercial applications. Power Plastic, thin, light-weight material that converts light to energy, is a polymer-based, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology that provides a source of renewable power in a variety of forms.

RIM molder launches Premold Process for medical housing clients

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 10th, 2010

Premold Corp. (Oconomowoc, WI), which provides reaction injection molding (RIM) services to make plastics housings for medical equipment, has launched its Premold Process, a trademarked, proprietary package of services that helps medical OEMs create stylized housings more efficiently and with high quality.

Clarifier-colorant combo gets the thumbs up from Thumbs Up

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 10th, 2010

Leading British injection molder Thumbs Up Ltd. (Bury) has launched a new line of food and domestic storage containers using colored polypropylene (PP) random copolymer compounds that provide unparalleled clarity. The compounds contain Milliken's (Spartanburg, SC) Millad NX8000 clarifying agent in combination with the company's ClearTint polymeric dyes. Containers range from 0.6 to 150 liters are now being molded for a major retailer in a variety of colors.

India’s fast-growing healthcare market draws Gerresheimer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 10th, 2010

The processor of plastic and glass packaging and devices for the medical and pharmaceutical industry has opened its first representative office in India to take advantage of the country's fast-moving healthcare market.

Ceramic nano-particles could help processors beat copycats and pirates

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 9th, 2010

A small company in Southern Germany has developed a new means to help plastics processors, their customers, and others take some of the sting out of the damage done by product piracy. The high-tech solution relies on a material used for centuries to give a product "its own DNA."

Kraft Foods keeping a sharp eye on T-IML

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 9th, 2010

How bright is the future for thermoformed packaging with labels applied inmold? A chance encounter at last week's K show led to a long discussion with one of Kraft Foods' packaging experts. Based on developments in suitable labels, plus tooling and automation, he thinks T-IML holds plenty of promise.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 1-5: PE up $0.03/lb after ethylene soars $0.12/lb; PP stabilizes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 9th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets began November with a bang, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Polyethylene (PE) prices quickly jumped $0.03/lb, riding soaring spot ethylene, which shot up on a fresh series of cracker outages. Polypropylene (PP) prices were mostly steady after the market had been trending consistently lower. PE producers that did not implement October's proposed $0.04/lb price increase should have little difficulty doing so in November, according to TPE.

Machine tool consumption in September up 157% over '09

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 9th, 2010

Recovery is definitely the byword for machine tool manufacturers, as September's U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $339.76 million, up 156.8% compared with the total of $155.69 million for the same month in 2009. That puts the year-to-date total at $2090.27 million, up 74.1% compared with the same YTD figures in 2009.

This comes from the report compiled by the American Tool Distributors' Association and The Association for Manufacturing Technology, and provides a dose of confidence for machine tool makers that the recovery might be real.

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