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Managing price fluctuation not getting any easier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

Back in the good old days, raw materials' prices typically only moved in one direction—up—and a manager was tasked with guessing the rate of increase and timing his orders to get ahead of the price hikes. That was then; now, prices for key raw materials fluctuate up and down, often dramatically, and it can be a company-ending mistake to take delivery just before prices fall.  

Clear Path starts up phase one of PET bottle recycling facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

Clear Path Recycling LLC (CPR; Fayetteville, NC), the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling joint-venture company established by flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Dalton, GA) and PET resin manufacturer DAK Americas LLC (Charlotte, NC) has started up phase one of its new PET bottle-recycling operation.

Engel’s duo pico twin-platen line adds 400- and 440-ton models

By IMM Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

Engel North America (York, PA), the U.S. division of the Austrian parent, has extended its duo pico series of compact, twin-platen, injection molding machines, adding 400- and 440-ton models. At their global premier during NPE2009, Engel's duo pico line ranged from 500 to 770 tons. In a release, Engel said the duo pico machines have been engineered and built from the ground up to satisfy specific customer requests, including high-speed operation, smaller tonnages, smaller footprints, and lighter weights.

TPE North American resin pricing, August 2-6: PE up, PP steady; LDPE scarce

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

Overview: Spot resin trading continued to run at a "fast clip" last week, according to trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), with high volumes and sustained pricing strength. When polypropylene (PP) started showing strength in mid-June and polyethylene (PE) regained its footing in late July, it seems to have caught processors that expected continued declines off guard and now many are scrambling to fill holes in their inventory.

Rotomolding: Rotonics sells its tank processing division

By MPW Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

One of the largest rotational molders in the U.S., Rotonics (Commerce City, CO), early this week announced the sale of its tank processing division to even-larger Norwesco Inc. (St. Bonifacius, MN) and Snyder Industries Inc. (Lincoln, NE). Norwesco and Snyder Industries are rotomolders; both are owned by private-equity company Olympus Partners.

Blowmolding: Graham buys Liquid Container

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2010

Plastics packaging major Graham Packaging (today, Aug. 9) announced it would acquire Liquid Container LP and its subsidiaries for $568 million, subject to certain adjustments. With the buy, Graham (York, PA) adds 14 blowmolding facilities in the U.S. to its portfolio, with those serving customers in the food and household markets. The processor, headquartered in West Chicago, IL, processes PP, PET, and HDPE.

Measure the thickness of multilayer film layers at 450 m/min

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 9th, 2010

Processors of multilayer blown film know it is critical to keep precise control of the thickness of the various layers of a film's structure, especially the costly barrier-material layers. A new measuring system is claimed to enable processors to measure these layers during processing, at output rates up to 450 m/min. 

Another acquisition as suppliers get ready for printable electronics

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 9th, 2010

The printable electronics industry is in its infancy but is expected to be worth tens of billions by the end of this decade, and plastics suppliers have been busily jockeying to acquire the technology needed to ensure their success in this rapidly expanding field.

Acquisitions in hand, Hahn continues growth plans

By MPW Staff
Published: August 9th, 2010

The manufacturer of assembly automation defended against the downturn of 2008/2009 by expanding, including two acquisitions of robot manufacturers, and now the company is pushing its internal growth with the expansion of its production capacity in its main plant in Germany and its site in Hebron, Kentucky.

SPI Processors Conference launches in November

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

SPI, the Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC), has let it be known that the organization's first Processors Conference will be held in Irving, TX, November 16-18, 2010, and that it has lined up key speakers on both business and technical topics.

The Business of Plastics Processing sessions will include such topics as mergers and acquisitions in the processing industry; resin trends and forecasting; and a business roundtable with real-time discussion.

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