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Husky reaches supply deal with Toyo for new all-electric machines’ components, assemblies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

Husky Injection Molding Systems (Bolton, ON) has formed a strategic supply agreement with Japan's Toyo Machinery and Metal Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) to source unspecified "components and assemblies" for its new all-electric molding machines, which will launch at K. The components and assemblies will be integrated into Husky's new all-electric preform molding system, the H-PET AE, as well as its medical-focused H-MED AE systems.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 13-17: PE, PP down; half of September contract increases accepted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

Market overview: Spot resin activity picked last week, as prices moved slightly lower and offered volumes increased as some suppliers sought to sell additional material into quarter-end. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) said that overall buying interest was somewhat muted, as processors still seem content with their inventory levels and are looking to limit purchases that include the September price increases that average $0.05/lb for polyethylene and polypropylene.

Monthly recycled resin report launched

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

In response to requests from plastics recyclers to develop a report for their market segment, as well as the rapid growth of the segment, petrochemical reporting firm PetroChem Wire (PCW; Houston) announced that it will launch a monthly market price publication that provides a snapshot of pricing trends for reprocessed and recycled plastic. PCW's Repro/Regrind Report will serve a market that PCW says has more than tripled during recent years.

Coex layer gives PC sheet better scores on energy efficiency

By MPW Staff
Published: September 21st, 2010

This supplier of the Calibre brand of polycarbonate says it has developed a special transparent near infrared grade of the material that, when coextruded onto transparent polycarbonate sheet used in construction applications, can help make buildings more energy efficient by reducing solar heating.

Mold-Masters president/CEO Jonathon Fischer steps down

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2010

Jonathon Fischer, president and CEO of the global hot runner & tooling supplier Mold-Masters (Georgetown, ON) has stepped down from that position according to an announcement made by the company's Board of Directors. Board chairman Hamdi Conger has been named interim CEO.

RIM processor wins exporter-of-the-year award, governor’s visit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2010

Honored on June 29 as the Kansas Governor's 2010 Exporter of the Year award, custom reaction injection molding (RIM) shop Osborne Industries Inc. (Osborne, KS) will host Kansas governor Mark Parkinson on Sept. 24. Osborne earned the export recognition from the governor's office based on a number of criteria, including increased employment due to global activities; marketing innovations on a global scale; international introduction of new product lines; and fostering a network of global distributors and offices.

New PET recycling facility puts down roots in California

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2010

Backed by one of the industry's notable processors, with 100 million lb of PET recycling capacity planned for its start, CarbonLite Industries is putting down its roots in a new 220,000-ft2 facility in Riverside, CA. The plant is scheduled to come onstream in mid-2011. 

Plastics recycling technology wins prize from The Economist

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2010

News magazine The Economist is for the ninth time recognizing creativity with its Innovation Awards, and this year's awards ceremony will include Michael Biddle, founder and president of MBA Polymers, which works to separate polymeric materials from highly complex waste products. The company says it has recovered more than 100 million lb of plastic in the last three years.

JM Eagle calls class-action lawsuit 'parasitic'

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 17th, 2010

A class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on behalf of private water utilities and commercial property owners potentially seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from JM Eagle for knowingly supplying substandard PVC pipe for the transmission of water for fire hydrant systems, building fire suppression systems, potable water systems, and other applications.
 

Survey shows U.S. industrial companies hiring, increasing spending

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2010

The number of companies expecting increased revenue in 2010 doubled over last year from 24 to 51%, reflecting optimism about the recovering economy within the U.S. industrial sector. GlobalSpec's annual Industrial Indicator Survey also showed that 66% of those surveyed said company revenue is on target or above for 2010. According to GlobalSpec, the overall direction of the survey's data indicates that the economy is recovering, although some companies and sectors are recouping faster than others.

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