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BASF focuses on chemistry's role for a sustainable future

By Karen Laird
Published: September 10th, 2014

BASF, the world's largest chemical company, has a new slogan. The new claim - 'We create chemistry' - echoes the company's,  "We create chemistry" strategy, which was announced in 2011. "Since we launched this strategy, BASF has been increasingly focusing on offering its customers functionalized products and solutions based on chemistry as a clever combination of compounds," explained Kurt Bock, chairman of the board of executive directors of BASF. "It is therefore the right time to make the next step and move from 'the chemical company' to 'We create chemistry.'"

GE agrees to sell appliances business to Electrolux AB for $3.3 billion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2014

GE announced Monday that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its appliances business to Sweden-based appliance maker Electrolux AB for $3.3 billion. As part of the transaction, GE has entered into a long-term agreement with Electrolux to continue use of the GE Appliances brand. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of GE and Electrolux and remains subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and it targeted to close in 2015.

DME adds six sales managers to support growing operations in Queretaro, Mexico

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2014

DME's continued and growing demand for its mold technologies resources, including its comprehensive product line of mold bases and components, hot runner systems, control systems and moldmaking and molding supplies, has resulted in the company adding six sales managers to support its new operations in Queretaro, Mexico. The company established a permanent engineering facility and parts warehouse there earlier this year within Milacron's integrated High Impact Technology Center, and continues to increase its product inventory levels to satisfy customer demand.

Fifty years on, Evco Plastics sees continued growth in medical molding

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 10th, 2014

As we reported last month, Evco Plastics celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Over the course of 50 years, the company has grown from a 1200-sq-ft building in DeForest, WI, to a thriving contract molding enterprise with nine facilities in the United States, Mexico, and China.

Engel to debut processing expertise at Composites Europe 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2014

Injection machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) is presenting its expertise in lightweight composite technologies at the Composites Europe trade fair, which takes place from 7th to 9th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. At Engel's center for lightweight composite technologies, the company co-operates with partner enterprises on developing economical processes for serial production of innovative carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components.

High-strength flax-reinforced biocomposite boasts modulus greater than 6 Gpa

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 9th, 2014

Plastics processors are experiencing increased pressure to use sustainable or renewable thermoplastic materials. In automotive applications and in other applications, one method to meet this challenge has been to use polyolefins filled with short natural fibers for parts that are "not mechanically demanding." Unfortunately, so far, there have been no sustainable or 100% natural biocomposites for performance applications with high mechanical demand according to two organizations that claim to have solved this challenge.

Toshiba Machine opens first service center in Mexico to offer local support

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Toshiba Machine Company America, a major supplier of electric, hydraulic and hybrid injection molding machines, die casting machines and machine tools, has opened their first service center in Mexico. Located in Puerto Interior, Silao, Guanajuato, the new facility will offer local service and support to injection molding and die casting customers throughout the country.

Highlander Partners announces the acquisition of Versatex Building Products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Highlander Partners, L.P., a middle market private investment firm based in Dallas, TX, announced the acquisition of Versatex Building Products. Founded in 2003, Versatex is a Pittsburgh-based provider of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation/remodel markets.

Plastic Technologies looks to help bottle producers reduce their energy costs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2014

There's no doubt that energy costs is a concern in the industry. As such, Plastic Technologies is embarking on an initiative to help bottle producers reduce their energy costs. Stretch blow molding equipment requires a significant amount of energy-both compressed air and electrical-to produce bottles. Creating an effective and efficient process, as well as monitoring and maintaining optimal process settings, can result in significant energy cost reduction, the company stated. These efforts can also help produce containers that meet all of the required quality standards.

Sustainability goes mainstream in chemical industry

By Karen Laird
Published: September 9th, 2014

The results of the latest, most extensive sustainability survey conducted to date are in.  The survey, the third that biotechnology company Genomatica and ICIS, one of the world's leading chemical and energy market information providers, have undertaken together since 2009, drew almost 1,000 respondents, 53% of which at the level of vice president, general manager or above.

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