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Nano-sized graphene masterbatches suitable for transparent coatings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Out of Dayton, OH comes this new graphene oxide product that is said to significantly reduce material costs for customers while significantly improving the thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of polymers and composites and improving energy and power density in batteries and supercapacitors.  

Welding, TPE suppliers join forces

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

The union of RF welding and material technologies will allow thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) to be joined via welding, opening up medical-market opportunities in fluid-delivery applications, including bags, tubing, and more. Prior to this development, older RF-welding techniques were restricted to high-dielectric-loss materials and TPEs could only be heat sealed, limiting configurations to straight lines. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been traditional in fluid-delivery applications, has been under increased scrutiny over concerns with halogens and plasticizers.

TPE North American resin pricing, Oct. 4-8: PE and PP down; early headwinds against October contract increases

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Market overview: Resin market activity improved last week, although total spot availability dropped significantly from month-end levels. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that while producer railcar offerings dropped in the first week of October, resellers were eager to satisfy buyer resin requests from their warehoused inventories.

Lead-free transition continues apace

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2010

Perstorp Holding AB, a global producer of polyol, launched a range of micronized polyols for high-performance PVC stabilization. The Holtac portfolio contains a range of polyols with different melting points and hydroxyl numbers to allow customization for specific PVC processing needs. Produced in Germany in Perstorp’s own production facilities, the polyols are formulated and milled to a precise micronized size to meet the high quality demands of the market.

Expanding its medical base, Nypro acquires Schlosser Medizintechnik

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Global plastics-molding-based Nypro (Clinton, MA) says it has completed a definitive agreement to acquire Schlosser Medizintechnik GmbH of Knittlingen, Germany, a supplier of plastic parts to the medical diagnostic device markets in Germany, France, Switzerland, and surrounding areas.

For TK Mold, K show offers chance to highlight its medical, packaging prowess

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Later this month one of the stalwarts of China's moldmaking industry, TK Mold, is making its fifth trip to Düsseldorf, Germany for the triennial K show. This time, say TK Mold officials, the emphasis is showing molders that TK can produce high-cavitation tools for top-end companies in medical and packaging business sectors.

Used machine market ‘back to normal’

By MPW Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

The recession of 2008/2009 turned a lot of markets on their heads, among them the one in used plastics processing machinery. Now, though, says this experienced dealer, the market's dynamics have returned to normal, and demand from processors in some markets, among them Latin America, are red hot. High-end machine brands continue to hold their value.

Replacing steel, PA-11 gas pipe connects two Texas cities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Resin supplier Arkema (Philadelphia, PA) and pipe systems specialist Georg Fischer Central Plastics (GFCP; Shawnee, OK) announced that Atmos Energy Corp has completed a 10.5-mile installation of 4-inch Hyperplast polyamide-11 gas pipe—replacing a steel pipe connecting the city gates of Coolidge, TX and Hubbard, TX—on schedule, under budget, and with no need for federal or state waivers.

Top 10 tips for transfer tooling

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 11th, 2010

Tooling transfers continue to happen in "epic proportions," according to a specialist in mold moves. Here he offers 10 tips for successful tool transfers.

Solvay building plastics compounding plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 11th, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay joins a growing list of large plastics suppliers with recent announcements of compounding capacity increases in China. For its part, Solvay today (Oct. 11) announced it is investing €21 million in a new compounding facility to be located in the company's site in Changshu, China.   

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