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ISM report contains potentially troubling signs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 6th, 2010

While economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September 2010 for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 17th consecutive month, the numbers also show a weakening that taints the picture. The latest ISM Manufacturing Report on Business, issued Oct. 1 by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, CPM, and chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, while positive, isn’t all that rosy.

Sabic adds PP compounding to MS site, sees auto opportunities for Stamax long-glass-fiber composites

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 5th, 2010

Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) is adding polypropylene (PP) compounding to its Bay St. Louis, MS site, including planned production of its Stamax long-glass-fiber-reinforced PP composites, with an eye on the automotive market.

Post-consumer PET recycler plans new $25 million Indiana facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles recycler Perpetual Recycling Solutions will invest more than $25 million to purchase and repurpose an existing 100,000-ft2 facility in Richmond, IN into a new production facility, creating up to 55 jobs by 2012. Founded in 1989 as Pure Tech Plastics LLC, the company converts plastic soda, juice, and water bottles into flake and resin pellets, with FDA approval to use the scrap in new food and beverage packaging.

Report shows U.S. manufacturing technology consumption way up from '09

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

The Assn. for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Assn. (AMTDA), released July’s report on manufacturing technology consumption. The report, released September 13, revealed that July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 million, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program. That is up 10.1% from June, and up 72.6% from the total of $154.13 million reported for July 2009. With a YTD total of $1,473.79 million, 2010 is up 58.9% compared with 2009.

3D Systems acquires affordable 3D printer maker

By MPW Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

"With the acquisition of Bits From Bytes, 3D Systems takes the next major step towards democratizing access to 3D printing—a stated strategic direction and ongoing commitment," said Abe Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 27-Oct. 1: PE mixed; PP down; October contract increases of $0.03-$0.04/lb proposed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2010

Market overview: The resin markets quieted last week with limited month-end trading activity, mixed polyethylene (PE) prices, and lower polypropylene prices. Offer volumes continued to grow, but relatively few spot transactions were concluded, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Processors in need of material remain buyers, while most other market participants displayed caution.

Film extrusion: Amcor buys a supplier to get firm footing in the CPP business

By MPW Staff
Published: October 4th, 2010

Global plastics packaging processor Amcor has bought its way into the cast polypropylene films market with its recent acquisition of Italian CPP film extrusion processor B-Pack Due (Venturina, Italy), part of The Colines Group and formerly one of Amcor's suppliers.

At SPE’s thermoforming conference, a voice questions 'biodegradability'

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 4th, 2010

After materials pricing and the challenge of globalization, it would be hard to find a hotter topic in the plastics industry than sustainability. But the terminology used in that realm is often too "fast and loose" for some experts' tastes, including those of Ramani Narayan, a professor of chemical engineering at Michigan State University. During the recent Society of Plastics Engineers' thermoforming conference in Milwaukee, he railed against the improper use of "biodegradable," and his words found firm footing with many of the attendees.

Flambeau's new cases and boxes molded from biodegradable plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 4th, 2010

Flambeau Industrial & Packaging Group , a division of blowmolder Flambeau Inc. (Baraboo, WI), has expanded its Tradesman line of briefcases and Tuff Tainer range of boxes with biodegradable versions of both. These new versions are fully biodegradable and recyclable, with biodegradation anaerobic (compost/landfill) and aerobic (for example, in an industrial compost facility). No toxic residue is produced during or remains after biodegradation, according to the processor.

Smart packaging uses self-reading indicators to say if product is fresh, sterile, or more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 4th, 2010

By applying a layer of etchant onto a metallized/opaque plastic film printed with one message on the top and another at the bottom, a new line of self-reading indicators facilitate packages that monitor shelf life, sterilization, and toxic agents. Nano-Indis from JP Labs can for instance, read "FRESH" when perishables are fresh and "NOT FRESH" only when their shelf-life expires; likewise they display "STERILIZED" only when medical supplies are sterilized.

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