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Matrix Tooling earns medical certification

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 8th, 2010

Receiving an ISO 13485 certification is critical to molders and moldmakers serving the medical market. Matrix Tooling and its custom molding division, Matrix Plastic Products, recently added that cert to their quality system.

Matrix Tooling Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) and Matrix Plastic Products, its custom molding sister company, recently achieved ISO 13485:2003 certification, the international quality management standard for medical devices. The certification was received at the same time that Matrix was renewing its existing ISO 9001:2008 certificate.

Names in the News: New hire at Palram, and now hiring at the PPI

By MPW Staff
Published: December 8th, 2010

Plastics sheet processor Palram has strengthened its marketing department, while the Plastic Pipe Institute is eager to hire an engineer in response to the trade association members' commitment in market segments in which growth is envisioned.

"Moment Of Inspiration" software captures ideas on screen

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 8th, 2010

A new concept-creation and surfacing design tool has been incorporated into the latest version of Alibre Design Expert from Alibre Inc. (Richardson, TX). Called Moment of Inspiration (MoI), the module is said to make product and concept design easy, fast, and accessible to more designers.

New CEO named at Mold-Masters

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 7th, 2010

Hot runner manufacturer Mold-Masters has named William (Bill) Barker as its new chief executive officer, effective Dec. 6, 2010.

PUR plastic demand prompts new tooling capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 7th, 2010

Plastics processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei says "soaring customer demand" led it to double the production area at its plant in Harderberg, Germany where it manufactures molds and tooling for processing of polyurethane. The company also makes and markets reaction process machinery to process the material.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 29-Dec. 3: PE, PP up $0.01/lb; rare December contract increases loom

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 7th, 2010

Market overview: The commodity resin markets were moderately busy last week, as prices moved higher and the number of offers grew as the week wore on. Polyethylene (PE) prices on average added about $0.01/lb, according to spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE), although it noted that its benchmark high-density polyethylene (HDPE) blowmolding grade was steady. Polypropylene (PP) spot prices jumped $0.015/lb amid tight avails and higher polymer-grade propylene (PGP) costs.

Dry-aseptic filling gets FDA OK for low-acid aseptic products

By MPW Staff
Published: December 7th, 2010

Processors blowmold bottles or injection mold closures, and don't handle bottle filling—but knowing your customers can switch to dry-aseptic filling could impact the design on your parts. Beverage bottle filling labelling equipment manufacturer Krones (Neutraubling, Germany) received a letter of non-objection from the FDA for a rotary dry-aseptic PET-bottle filling system featuring H2O2 as the sterilising agent.

Replace analog transducers with industry’s first configurable digital version

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 7th, 2010

A company out of Cincinnati claims it is the first to develop and market configurable digital transducers, with owners of injection molding machines one of the most important groups of customer for the company. In comparison to analog ones, these digital transducers are said to improve accuracy and reliability, and reduce power consumption. 

Automotive, plastics producers praise Korean trade pact

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 6th, 2010

Resin manufacturers and the automotive industry have hailed the new U.S.-Korea free trade agreement, which the White House forecasts will increase annual exports of American goods by up to $11 billion and support at least 70,000 American jobs.

Exports fuel chemical, plastics growth in 2010

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 6th, 2010

U.S. chemicals and plastics have overcome weak domestic sales in 2010 thanks to emerging market demand and low natural gas prices. Growth in emerging markets will be "a defining feature of economic developments during the next 10 years," according to the year-end economic outlook for the global chemical industry from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Those emerging markets are importing chemicals and plastics from the U.S. at a time when only the Middle East offers a better cost position to the Gulf Coast.

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