Market Snaphot: Eyeing trends in luxury packaging

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 10th, 2011

Processors who want to lead in this market require creativity and flair as brand owners seek distinctive and innovative solutions to capture consumers' desire for high-end products.

Names in the News: Changes at Bayer, a PlastiComp promotion and an honor for ADS retiree

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2011

Bayer is reshuffling execs in a bid to keep its booming business in China rolling along, including naming a new head to its global polycarbonates business, while one of compounder PlastiComp’s employees gets a promotion and a former employee at pipe processor ADS is honored for his life’s work.

The Hedging Corner: Crude oil drives resin prices -- more evidence

By Tom Langan
Published: May 10th, 2011

As discussed in last week's Hedging Corner, price transparency and price fairness are concerns among plastics processors and anyone else who buys plastics. How do you know the over-the-counter (OTC) offer is fair and reasonable if you don't have an unbiased price gauge to compare it to like buyers of other commodities?

MedPlast adds silicone extrusion to its quiver

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 10th, 2011

Only recently did custom injection molder MedPlast Group add extrusion blowmolding to its slate, and now the company has added another process, this time silicone extrusion, to those it tackles for its customers.

Nanoparticles key to plastic compound’s superior flexural modulus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 9th, 2011

For processors of plastic tubing for use in cardiovascular and neurovascular catheters, compounder Foster Corp. says its newest creation, NanoMed EX compounds, bridges the gap in terms of flexural modulus between two materials commonly used in these applications.

Plastics packaging: EPS developed for consumer electronics, appliances packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 9th, 2011

Paperboard and plastics continue to joust for supremacy as packaging materials for electronic devices and small appliances. As an increasing number of such products are sold via electronic portals such as Amazon, the requirement for packaging changes from the need for shelf impact to the greater need to protect the product under what can be less-than-ideal storage and shipping conditions.

Names in the News: ColorMatrix, Gayson, Teknor Apex, Ticona

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 9th, 2011

Liquid colorants supplier ColorMatrix acquires Gayson to expand its portfolio, and Teknor Apex renames the compounding business in Singapore that it acquired in 2001. Ticona, meanwhile, announced it would nearly double its LFRT capacity in China.

Preform processor orders its own PET plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 9th, 2011

Turkish PET perform processor Köksan has contracted plant construction engineering firm Uhde-Fischer to build the processor a new 216,000-tonne/yr plant for the production of PET in Gaziantep, Turkey. The plant will be based on Uhde-Fischer's Melt-to-Resin technology, which does away with solid state polymerization to save energy and to realize other benefits.

Limit on recyclate content recommended for sheet extrusion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 9th, 2011

A group of processors of thermoplastic sheet have banded together to create a "best practices" paper regarding the use of plastic recyclate during the extrusion of thermoformable sheet. Quintessence of the paper: keep using regrind but recognize that it affects your sheet's mechanical properties.

Mahle opens injection molding plant in India

By IMM Staff
Published: May 6th, 2011

Mahle Group (Stuttgart, Germany) has opened a purpose-built 3300-sq-m manufacturing plant near Chennai, India that the company says will serve as a competence center for its injection molding in the country. The company currently outsources much of its injection molding in India with only its Gurgaon location overmolding air-filter elements.

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