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Bound for IMTS? Check out these free workshops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Processors or moldmakers attending the IMTS 2010 tradeshow this week in Chicago will want to find time for these free workshops on 3D scanning as a tool for Q/A or for reverse engineering.

The workshops come courtesy of Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA; Ramsey, NJ), which will be holding them at its stand during IMTS 2010 in Chicago, IL on September 13-18, 2010.

Still investing, Currier Plastics adds production monitoring

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2010

Adding to a string of equipment and system upgrade investments made this year, Currier Plastics (Auburn, NY) recently added a real-time production monitoring software system to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to, along with improved production cycling, help increase Currier's energy cost advantage over glass for its plastic packaging.

Top 10 moldmaking tips for hiring and retaining good workers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2010

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of calls from moldmakers asking where they can find good employees. Many of the mold manufacturers are getting really busy—and that’s good! But many are also running lean because of the downturn over the past two years, and now they need to start hiring.

Mold component supplier awards plastics industry scholarships

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2010

DME Co., a global manufacturer of mold components, hot runner systems, and other mold technologies, recently announced this year’s winners of its student scholarships. Each year, DME offers this scholarship program to help finance, encourage, and support the future of qualified students who have interest and potential in moldmaking, plastics, and related career fields.

German machine makers see sharp orders increase

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2010

According to figures provided by the country's VDMA trade association, plastics processing machinery manufacturers in Germany have an awful lot to be happy about as orders grew 85% in the first half of the year.

Whole Foods targets plastics in new personal-care packaging guidelines

By MPW Staff
Published: September 9th, 2010

Packaging guidelines that mandate suppliers reduce the use of plastic in product packaging, encourage the switch to glass when possible, and limit acceptable packaging materials to those that are easily reused or recycled, and/or feature the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content became effective at retailer Whole Foods Market (Austin, TX) Sept. 1, 2010.

Visteon opens injection molding plant outside Moscow for interior components

By Tony Deligio
Published: September 9th, 2010

Visteon Corp. (Van Buren Township, MI) has opened a 2500m2 (27,000-ft2) injection molding facility in Kaluga, Russia for the fabrication of panels and other interior components as part of a new contract to supply Volkswagen's Polo. Visteon spokesman Jim Fisher told PlasticsToday that the plant will initially run at least six injection molding machines, in addition to robotics and ultrasonic welding equipment, with room to expand.

Taghleef starts up BoPLA film line using Ingeo resin, Brückner hardware

By MPW Staff
Published: September 9th, 2010

Taghleef Industries (Ti; Dubai) has successfully started production of biodegradable biaxially oriented polylactic acid (BoPLA) film at its plant in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy. Running NatureWorks's Ingeo PLA, the line is primarily based on Brückner extrusion and winding equipment. Taghleef's European CEO, Valerio Garzitto, said his firm ordered the PLA line in March, with the August 18 startup a more than a month ahead of schedule.

Keyuan breaks ground on $17.5 million SBS plant, forecasts 6-7% growth for elastomer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2010

Keyuan Petrochemicals Inc. (Ningbo, China) began construction of its 70,000-tonnes/yr styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) production facility in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. With an estimated cost of $17.5 million, the facility, which is adjacent to an existing Keyuan operation, is expected to generate $110 million in sales in 2012. Trial runs for the new line are forecast to take place in 2011, running from October to November, with production to commence thereafter.

Indiana says no thanks to JM Eagle lawsuit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2010

Indiana is the latest state to join California, Florida, Massachusetts, and the Federal government in declining to intervene in a complaint filed earlier this year against JM Eagle, the world's largest pipe manufacturer, said the company in a statement. The so-called "whistleblower" lawsuit originally named 11 states and the District of Columbia in the plaintiff's lawsuit as "real parties in interest"-a listing that essentially invited those states and DC to join, or "intervene," in the lawsuit. Only four states have chosen to do so while three states and DC are still deciding.

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