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Romaco Group sells FrymaKoruma to newly formed ProXES

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

The Romaco Group is selling its stake in FrymaKoruma AG (Rheinfelden, Switzerland) and FrymaKoruma GmbH (Neuenburg) to a new umbrella corporation within the Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG Frankfurt). 

Demand for lidding films for ovenable applications continues to grow

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 8th, 2014

With schedules showing no sign of slowing down, more people are reaching for packaged food thanks to its convenience. As such, the trend for food on-the-go continues to open up new opportunities for packaging companies. The latest example of this is the expansion of the LumiLid brand from Toray Plastics.

Resin pricing for March 31-April 4: Buyers and sellers both came to play

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

The spot resin markets ended the first quarter with a bang and continued to be very active as April began on Tuesday, according to The Plastics Exchange. Buyers and sellers both came to play, yielding perhaps the highest weekly volume so far in 2014. Spot polyethylene prices eased a half-cent and polypropylene slid a penny amid a healthy flow of bulk railcars and packaged inventory offerings. PE contracts were steady in March and while nominated to increase $.06/lb in April, should roll flat at best and a decrease could even be justified.

Chinese companies can sign up to exhibit at NPE2015 during Chinaplas 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

During Chinaplas 2014, representatives of Chinese companies will have a chance to sign up for exhibit space for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase and secure booth locations immediately, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

Lightweight vehicle design: how low can you go?

By Karen Laird
Published: April 7th, 2014

That is the question automakers everywhere are wrestling with, as was amply demonstrated at last week's VDI Engineering Plastics Conference. Aesthetics, safety, economics, and material availability were just a few of the concerns that were raised in connection with lightweighting, during the discussion on the best strategies to employ. Just how light can vehicles become, and how to achieve this, without compromising on quality?

DME introduces SmartSeries temperature control module

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2014

Need more flexibility in your hot runner systems? DME Co., a manufacturer of mold technologies, has expanded its SmartSeries hot runner temperature controller product line. The addition of the TSM15 module gives molders greater flexibility and control of their hot runners.

GF Machining Solutions touts milling machine's flexibility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2014

As an all-in-one production system designed with today's moldmakers in mind, the new Mikron HSM MoldMaster (MM) high-speed milling machine gives shops the versatility to produce a range of mold and die-related components. From 58Rc steel mold cores to hot pressing dies and even sinker-EDM electrodes for intricate mold cavities, the HSM 500 MoldMaster does it all, said GF Machining Solutions.

Hasco improves two-stage ejection

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2014

The use of two-stage ejection technology is one of the ways in which complex parts with undercuts can be demolded. This seemingly straightforward mechanism, with its force-controlled and low-play movement, even permits the release of undercuts located inside the part, said Hasco Hasenclever GmbH, a global supplier of hot runner systems technology. 

German chemicals company Evonik establishes Medical Devices Project House in Alabama

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2014

Chemicals company Evonik (Hanau, Germany) is ready to launch its Medical Devices Project House in Birmingham, AL, with a branch in Hanau (Germany). The company's eleventh such project house but its first in the medtech arena, its goal is to develop system solutions for medical technology and expand Evonik's capabilities in biomaterials and polymers, especially in implantable applications.

PolyOne showcases innovative automotive solutions at VDI conference

By Karen Laird
Published: April 7th, 2014

At the PolyOne VDI stand in Mannheim, Germany, last week, the company exhibited a range of specialty materials aimed at optimizing sustainability, improving design freedom, and boosting manufacturing efficiency. One of the areas targeted was vibration and noise control, with a starring role for the company's OnFlex TPE material. With this TPE material, the company stated, automakers and suppliers will be better able to achieve their goals regarding product esthetics, performance characteristics, and cost reduction.

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