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KraussMaffei expands product portfolio for injection molding sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2014

KraussMaffei is expanding its product portfolio in the all-electric injection molding machine segment of the AX series. The company has added two new sizes in the clamping force range of 4,500 and 5,500 kN and also added three new machine models for the hydro-mechanical twin-platen injection molding machine in the GX series. With these additions, KraussMaffei increases its product portfolio in the mid-size machine segment between 4,000 and 9,000 kN. The marketing of the new products is expected to begin at Fakuma 2014.

Virent and Coca-Cola partnership on 100% bio PET further expanded

By Karen Laird
Published: September 8th, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co. is making an additional investment in the development and commercialization of Virent's bio-based paraxylene, BioFormP, Virent announced today. This investment will enable the company to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX material at its demonstration plant in Madison, WI.

Creative Blow Mold Tooling focuses on supply chain management for profitability

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2014

Manufacturers are always looking to improve profitability and moldmakers are no different. Yet, according to Jim Hensiek, director of business development for Creative Blow Mold Tooling (Lee's Summit, MO), most companies are missing out on an important opportunity for improved profitability simply because they are unaware of the profit contributions their supplier can bring.

Sanner introduces drop-in pillow pack desiccants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2014

Sanner GmbH (Bensheim, Germany), a supplier of plastic packaging and components for the pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors, will introduce a new line of drop-in pillow pack desiccants at the forthcoming CPhI exhibition on the outskirts of Paris. The AdPack product offers customers a "cost-efficient solution that unites all the advantages of GMP-compliant production, professional risk management, and 100% traceability" said Sanner CEO Holger Frank in a news release.

Mocon, Life Packaging Technology JV to provide package testing and design services to life science companies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2014

A new packaging testing company has been formed to help pharmaceutical, medical device, and related suppliers improve time to market and reduce costs. Life Pack Labs (Vista, CA) is a joint venture between Mocon Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), a global manufacturer of permeation instrumentation, and Life Packaging Technology LLC (Costa Mesa, CA), a leader in package engineering services for life science products.

Clariant homes in on Chinese automakers with additives approach to lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 7th, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is introducing China's local automotive and transportation industry players to solutions which enhance lightweight plastics for under-the-hood, interior and exterior parts, in support of their increasing interest in using plastics and polymer-based components to achieve greater fuel efficiency.

Igus sends car on global road trip to prove plastic's mettle

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 6th, 2014

Igus, a global supplier of engineered plastic components headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is going to great lengths—some 100,000 kilometers, in fact—to prove that its dry-running bearings made of advanced composite materials are as good as, or even better than, factory-specified metal and lubricated plastic bearings in automotive applications.

Arcam acquires strategic partner DiSanto, eyes expansion of 3D-printed orthopedics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 5th, 2014

Arcam (Mölndal, Sweden), a supplier of metal 3D-printing services primarily for the orthopedics and aerospace sectors, has acquired DiSanto Technology (Shelton, CT), which has been its strategic partner since February 2013. DiSanto is a contract manufacturer serving OEMs in the orthopedics space, providing customers with engineering, development, and production services related to the fabrication of metal and plastic implants and instruments.

Myriant teams up with Azelis to sell bio-succinic acid in Europe

By Karen Laird
Published: September 5th, 2014

Massachusetts-based renewable chemicals company Myriant (Quincy) has announced the appointment of Azelis Group, a specialty chemicals distribution leader, for its bio-succinic acid in the Nordic countries, Benelux, France, Iberia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The appointment became effective on September 2, 2014, when the two companies signed the distribution agreement to develop sales in these countries, targeting customers in the industrial and base chemicals markets.

Chevron Phillips Chemical to sell its Ryton PPS Business to Solvay as global competition intensifies

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 4th, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (The Woodlands, TX) will divest its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA ((Alpharetta, GA) for $220 million. The announcement comes at a time when incumbent and new players are investing aggressively in new polymerization and compounding capacity meaning despite strong market growth, suppliers are facing ever increasing competition.

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