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Wittmann Battenfeld open house: Focus on connecting technology

By Rob Neilley
Published: October 16th, 2010

Last week Wittmann Battenfeld opened the doors at its U.S. headquarters in Torrington, CT and about 150 molders got a close look at the technical synergies the two merged companies are offering the molding sector some two years after they first connected. The main theme, fittingly, was "Connecting Technology."

Toray Plastics (America) debuts advanced compostable bio-based films

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 15th, 2010

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. (www.torayfilms.com), a manufacturer of precision-performance polyester and polypropylene films, will be introducing it new Ecodear® advanced compostable bio-based films at Pack Expo in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2010. Ecodear is made with polylactic acid (PLA) resin. The new, thin bi-axially-oriented Ecodear films include a metallized heat-sealable film that provides moisture and oxygen barrier protection and a clear film for use as an inner seal layer or a printweb.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center honors CEO of JM Eagle

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 15th, 2010

Walter Wang, CEO of JM Eagle, the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, and his wife Shirley, CEO of fiberglass door manufacturer Plastpro, were honored by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), with its 2010 Public Service Award. The Wangs were honored for their extraordinary achievements in improving, supporting and promoting the Asian Pacific Islander community.

Label converter adds web offset printing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 15th, 2010

RB Dwyer Group has recently installed an IVCO (Infinitely Variable Cylinder Web Offset) press, manufactured by RDP Marathon, in its East coast location in Wilkes Barre, PA. This press is a first of its kind for Dwyer (Anaheim, CA) and claimed to be the only one in North America doing shrink-sleeve labels. For Dwyer, the new equipment helps it meet the needs of its customers who use shrink sleeves but need them with shorter lead times and lower minimums at more competitive prices.

Thermoformers offered free infrared heat testing at K 2010 show

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 15th, 2010

Thermoformers attending the K show later this month should make sure they bring a piece of sheet or film with them. Infrared heating supplier Ceramicx (Stand 11A01)
is offering free tests that will be able to immediately characterize the process heat performance for plastic sheet and film, free of charge, at its K 2010 stand.

battenfeld-cincinnati expands its spare parts service

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 15th, 2010

Global extrusion systems manufacturer battenfeld-cincinnati, with dual headquarters in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany and Vienna, Austria, has now extended its customer support by expanding its spare parts storage facilities, especially for downstream equipment. As a result, says the company, these parts are now available to customers much faster than before.

Plastics packaging: Placon introduces high-barrier PET option

By MPW Staff
Published: October 14th, 2010

The processor of plastic rollstock plus thermoformed packaging says its newest development can keep food fresh, longer, without the need for EVOH as an oxygen barrier material in a multilayer packaging.

Avantium constructing pilot plant for new biobased monomers, polymers, and fuels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 14th, 2010

Calling the just-announced pilot plant a major milestone in the commercialization of a new generation of renewable materials, Avantium (Amsterdam) has started construction of a facility in the Netherlands at Geleen that will utilize its proprietary catalytic process to convert carbohydrates into furanic building blocks for use in green materials and fuels.

Shrink-film supplier Bonset to build South American plant in Uruguay

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 14th, 2010

Monoaxially oriented heat-shrinkable film manufacturer Bonset America Corp. (Browns Summit, NC) will build a new manufacturing facility in Montevideo, Uruguay through its Latin American subsidiary. The new plant is in addition to existing capacity in the U.S. and, according to Bonset, is part of its global strategy to give it a leading position in the industry. Bonset says the new plant will also be the first heat-shrinkable film manufacturing facility in the southern hemisphere.

Shuman taps Slovenian partner for Dyna-Purge distribution

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 14th, 2010

The Dyna-Purge division of Shuman Plastics Inc. (Depew, NY) has appointed Top Teh d.o.o. as the new distributor of Dyna-Purge thermoplastic purging compounds in the Balkans and in Eastern Europe. Top Teh, headquartered in Grosuplje, Slovenia, is a distributor of injection molding equipment and automation, plus offers consulting services for injection molding. The company serves customers throughout Southeastern Europe including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia.

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