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Chinese coal-to-olefins plant uses Dow Unipol for PP production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

The first plant in China to manufacture polypropylene (PP) from coal-generated olefins will utilize Dow's Unipol gas-phase process. The China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Baotou Coal Chemical Co.'s Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemicals business started up the 300,000-tons/yr PP facility in early August. Located in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the plant uses gasification technology to convert coal into a synthesis gas or syngas. That syngas is used to produce methanol, which is transformed into PP building blocks, olefins.

JM Eagle forms strategic pipe partnership

By MPW Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

JM Eagle, the world’s leading manufacturers of plastic pipe used in infrastructure projects globally, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Contech Construction Products that allows end users across the country access to Eagle Corr PE™. This partnership ties directly into JM Eagle’s strategic mix of customers and enhances its nationwide footprint for this line of products.

TPE North American resin pricing, August 16-20: PE, PP largely stable, film-grade PE remains tight

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

Overview: The spot resin market was noticeably slower this past week as transacted volumes dropped after several weeks of heightened activity, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Most grades of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) again saw stable prices, although film-grade PE continues to climb amid tight supplies. Overall resin demand remained strong, but buyers seemed unwilling to chase higher-priced offers.

Supplier confidence still positive, auto suppliers still skeptical

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

According to the quarterly SupplierBusiness Confidence Index released on Aug. 23, suppliers to the automotive industry continue to be concerned about the long-term strength of the recovery and its stability, in spite of industry growth. Overall though, positive trends remain in place among suppliers, with all four elements of the index—New Orders, Production Volumes, Inventory levels and Employment—scoring over 50, suggesting they are in an upward trend.

Anchors aweigh: Sales gather steam for custom molder

By MPW Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2010

The plastics processing industry in the U.S. remains under pressure by most accounts, but there's been a definite uptick for many, among them Anchor Plastics. The small custom molder has rebounded hard from last year's drop in sales and is looking to hire.

Tips of the trade: Purging troubleshooting for injection molding

By John Pizzo
Published: August 23rd, 2010

New to purging compounds? Or an old hand but know you could use a refresher? Here some best practices or troubleshooting tips beyond the set of basic purging procedures.

Design feature thins walls, boosts strength in plastic pails

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2010

Vertical grooves and horizontal reinforcing ribs in the corners of a new rigid plastic container are at the heart of an innovative container sidewall strengthening system that has earned U.S. patent No. 7,740,149 B2.

ABS film and sheet products for solar, automotive and printing markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2010

A new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) film is being promoted for use as a backing material in alternative energy solar cells or as a sheet for luxury car interiors. The products also enables multilayer printing to show uneven surfaces, mainly for building-related materials. Techno Polymer Co. Ltd.'s (Tokyo) ValueTech line has been launched as a new business.

CostMate update integrates part pricing into Prospector

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 23rd, 2010

Plastic part quoting has just gotten easier with the latest iteration of the CostMate injection molding part cost estimator from IDES Inc. (Laramie, WY). The new CostMate has been integrated into the online Prospector plastics search engine so that resin information is transparently pulled into estimates. Prospector is a search engine for plastic material datasheets from 801 global resin manufacturers. 

A systematic approach to selecting your next hot runner

By Michael Phillips
Published: August 20th, 2010

The K show approaches, fiscal years are closing, and budgets are being prepared; as a result of all of these—plus recovery from the recession—capital investment is on many minds. We have asked experts from some of the industry's leading suppliers to offer their tips on how processors should consider as they buy new or upgrade current equipment. Thanks to Michael Phillips, director of marketing and sales support at Mold-Masters Ltd., for this article.

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