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Kraft Foods keeping a sharp eye on T-IML

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 9th, 2010

How bright is the future for thermoformed packaging with labels applied inmold? A chance encounter at last week's K show led to a long discussion with one of Kraft Foods' packaging experts. Based on developments in suitable labels, plus tooling and automation, he thinks T-IML holds plenty of promise.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 1-5: PE up $0.03/lb after ethylene soars $0.12/lb; PP stabilizes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 9th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets began November with a bang, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Polyethylene (PE) prices quickly jumped $0.03/lb, riding soaring spot ethylene, which shot up on a fresh series of cracker outages. Polypropylene (PP) prices were mostly steady after the market had been trending consistently lower. PE producers that did not implement October's proposed $0.04/lb price increase should have little difficulty doing so in November, according to TPE.

Machine tool consumption in September up 157% over '09

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 9th, 2010

Recovery is definitely the byword for machine tool manufacturers, as September's U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $339.76 million, up 156.8% compared with the total of $155.69 million for the same month in 2009. That puts the year-to-date total at $2090.27 million, up 74.1% compared with the same YTD figures in 2009.

This comes from the report compiled by the American Tool Distributors' Association and The Association for Manufacturing Technology, and provides a dose of confidence for machine tool makers that the recovery might be real.

MicroGREEN launches InCycle sheet product at Pack Expo

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 9th, 2010

Tapping into another potentially huge market, MicroGREEN Polymers Inc. (Seattle, WA) is now promoting its patented technology, which maximizes the use of recycled plastics through the addition of tiny air pockets, into the packaging sector with its new sheet offering dubbed InCycle.

Ashland exits distribution business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

Ashland is getting out of material and chemicals distribution, selling the business unit, which accounted for 37% of its 2010 sales, for $930 million to TPG Capital in an all-cash deal. The deal is expected to close in March and generate after-tax proceeds of approximately $825 million.

Rallying around garbage gyre, group targets disposable plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

Operating under the platform that "nothing justifies the use of disposable plastics for personal or business use," a coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses is using a just-completed forum and a series of web videos to elevate the cause of reducing plastic pollution. The Plastic Pollution Coalition's 2011 international campaign to end plastic pollution includes its REFUSE online video endeavor, which features celebrities and everyday people pledging to refuse disposable plastics.

Medical molder ATEK Plastics adds two 500-ton Toshibas

By IMM Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

Medical device manufacturer ATEK Plastics (Kerrville, TX) has added two 500-ton all-electric Toshiba injection molding machines, equipped with new Wittmann robots, as well as vision systems and RJG eDart process-monitoring technology.

Milacron's Cimcool unit acquires metalworking fluids maker Starchem

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

The acquisition of the metalworking fluids business of Starchem Inc. by Cimcool Industrial Products (Cincinnati, OH), a Milacron company and global supplier of metalworking fluids, is described by Cimcool's president Robert McKee as a clear message that the company is growing and well positioned to serve an expanding global customer base. Purchase price was not disclosed.

A patient Bekum finally finds right combo for electric unit

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 8th, 2010

Electrically powered extrusion blowmolding machines are hardly new, and officials at Bekum (Berlin, Germany) admit as much. But, they insist, just changing a drive from hydraulic to electrical power does not make for a better machine, so they bided their time and kept developing until last week's K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, which was the global premier of Bekum's Eblow machine.

Eco-filler expands application footprint

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 8th, 2010

Bio-based materials had a strong presence at this year's K and visitors to the show also brought news of environmentally friendly products. In an interview at the K Show Daily press office, Rocktron (Bristol, UK) Director of Advanced Products, Godfrey Short, gave details of his company's Mintron 7 eco-filler.

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