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DSM to run ETP business out of Asia

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 29th, 2010

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard, the Netherlands) has made known its intent to relocate its global headquarters from the Netherlands to Asia. The company views managing the business as close as possible to markets exhibiting the strongest growth as being essential, and two of these markets happen to be China and India. Singapore is thought to be a strong candidate to host the headquarters.

Macro Engineering sold to Chinese machinery supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. (Mississauga, ON) has been sold by its founder, Mirek Planeta, to DXS International Enterprises Inc., a Canadian corporation owned by the publicly traded Chinese company, Dalian Rubber & Plastics Machinery Co. Ltd. for $8.5 million. Macro, which was founded in 1978, supplies systems, components, and services to the plastic film and sheet industries.

New unit marries blowmolding and filling for mid-range outputs

By MPW Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

A new "monobloc" unit from Krones is marketed towards those processors and beverage brand owners who do not need the full output of a large rotary stretch blowmolding unit and filling line. Called Synchroblock and made and marketed by Krones' Kosme subsidiary, the new unit is good for blowing and filling up to 8000 containers an hour.

Young wine keeps old look with new PET bottles

By MPW Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

A PET packaging supplier says it this year has been tasked to supply 45% more bottles for wine than in 2009, including a doubling of the order for PET bottles for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau vintage, underlying the increasing welcome PET is finding among wineries and their customers.

Parts design: Software add-on helps compress time of shell mesh preparation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

A new midplane mesh generator from CoreTech System Co. Ltd., developer of the Moldex3D computer assisted engineering software, is claimed able to provide Moldex3D users with more powerful meshing capabilities to dramatically reduce the time of shell mesh preparation.

New pad design shortens printer changeover time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

Pad printing can be more efficient with the ExpressPad, according to its maker. No tools are needed to replace the pad, and saving five minutes per changeover can turn 40 hours or more of annual downtime into productive uptime.

ITW Trans Tech (Carol Stream, IL) spent the last few years developing a response to what was a common problem for its customers, and using customer input. The resulting ExpressPad not only cuts pad replacement time but also improves the precision and repeatability of pad placement.

Names in the News: Welex’s Nissel, Engel’s Steinbichler, NFM’s Ramsey and Trestini at Dynisco

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

A retirement, a prizewinner, a promotion, and a new hire for Latin America round out our Names in the News today. Leading off is Frank Nissel, who is retiring after more than 60 years in the industry.

Pipe extruder Poloplast plans €20 million investment

By MPW Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

The Vatican, Frankfurt Airport, and the Conference Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi are already among its customers, and the new outlay will help the firm serve an even broader customer base, predicts the company's management. The investment, funded entirely from cash flow, will be invested in new compounding and pipe extrusion equipment, injection molding lines for pipe fittings, and plant infrastructure.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 15-19: PE, PP climb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

Market overview: In the face of sluggish demand and light offers, prices advanced in the plastics spot market. Trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that polyethylene (PE) prices rose between $0.005-$0.025/lb, depending on grade, while polypropylene (PP) prices added another $0.01/lb with limited availability. In some cases PP widespec was priced above processers' contract prime prices.

Bioplastics and composites are key parts of Arkema’s growth plans

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2010

During the company's Investor Day this week in Paris, France, the management of plastics and chemicals supplier Arkema announced their plans to accelerate the company's growth strategy, with bioplastics and composite plastics cited as two of the pillars to support these plans.

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