Names in the News: Industrial Molds hires, recycling awards earned, PUR award up for grabs, Quadrant goes 3 years accident-free

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 1st, 2011

Rockford, IL-based injection mold manufacturer Industrial Molds Group announced that Bill Serritella has joined the company as account manager for the medical market. He comes to Industrial Molds Group with many years of experience as a mold maker and working with Fortune 500 medical device companies. Industrial Molds Group specializes in precision injection molds for the medical, automotive and packaging markets. 

Material Thoughts: Evonik, BASF, Cereplast and ColorMatrix

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 1st, 2011

In this edition of Material Thoughts, our look at news in the plastics and additives supply world, we report on Evonik's exit from carbon black, Cereplast green lighting a Turkish processor's supply, BASF racing to new XPS capacity and ColorMatrix pulling into its new R&D center.

Flexible plastics packaging: Macro Engineering expands with new office in Italy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2011

In a move to increase sales and service resources available to its customer base in Europe and the Middle East, extrusion systems manufacturer Macro Engineering has opened a new office near Milan, Italy under the name Macro Engineering & Technology S.r.l.

Closure molder Innovative Molding taken over by TriMas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2011

Plastic closure injection molder Innovative Molding was acquired by TriMas Corp. for just a bit less than its $28 million in annual sales. TriMas plans to incorporate the plastic packaging processor's operations into its Rieke Packaging Systems business.

New voter poll shows manufacturing matters

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2011

Voters believe that now, more than ever, manufacturing is the key to restoring America's lost status as the world's leading economic power. The Alliance for American Manufacturing released a new, bipartisan poll conducted by The Mellman Group and Ayres, McHenry & Associates, which shows that voters want Washington to act on jobs, especially in manufacturing.

Does social media marketing matter for B2B? Part II: An "accidental" video goes viral

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2011

From a less-than-five-minute segment on a cable TV show to a 5.5-million view YouTube video, Z Corp.'s YouTube tale shows how influential the site can be. Z Corp. became a internet sensation after a video the National Geographic filmed during a visit to to the company for its "Known Universe" program hit YouTube.

Back after a 4-year hiatus, Plast-Ex showcases injection molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2011

It had been four years since the North American plastics industry turned its attention northwards to Canada's Plast-Ex event, but the show returned to Toronto in June under new owners and with collocated fairs. In October 2009, the former Canon Communications (now part of UBM) acquired the Plast-Ex, Expoplast, and Packex trade shows.

Low VOC acetal improves interior air

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2011

A low emission acetal copolymer developed specifically for use in automobile interiors has been adopted in a seat-adjuster comfort mat in the lumbar support manufactured by Brose Group (Auburn Hills, MI) to improve interior air quality in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The grade is a member of the Tenac-C Z-Series from Asahi Kasei Plastics (Fowlerville, MI).

Braskem buys Dow’s PP business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2011

Long rumored but finally realized, Dow Chemical Co. today announced the sale of its polypropylene (PP) business to Brazilian plastics and petrochemical giant Braskem for $323 million, cementing that company's bid to become a global player in polyolefins and continuing Dow's push to center its commodity business on resins where it has a feedstock advantage, namely polyethylene (PE).

MDMA battles Congress over medical device tax

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 27th, 2011

Last month the entire Congressional delegation of Minnesota, one of the leading U.S. states for medical device production, sent a letter to the FDA over concerns that delays in review of medical devices "are hindering, delaying patient access to new therapies, and undermining the U.S. medical industry's global leadership." Both Senators and the eight Minnesota members of the House of Representatives signed the letter.

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