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ACC releases third-quarter chemicals outlook; outside B&C, most markets rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

As the furious restocking of inventories that took place in the first half of 2010 waned over the summer months, underlying demand for chemicals, including plastics, remained weak. That assessment, from the American Chemistry Council's 3rd Quarter 2010 Situation & Outlook, which noted that although the recession ended in June 2009, nearly three years after it started, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) remains below its past peak.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 20-24: PP steady, PE up a penny; September contracts closing higher

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

Market overview: The resin markets saw renewed activity from buyers and sellers last week, as spot polypropylene (PP) prices were mostly steady, while average polyethylene (PE) prices gained a penny. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that contract negotiations have "heated up", with the major consultancies publishing a stronger settlement for September contracts than the spot market had indicated.

SABIC inaugurates Ultem production plant in Spain

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) has officially opened its new, €300 million Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin production facility in Cartagena, Spain, boosting global capacity for the high-heat material by 35%.

Hot runner quick-couple actuator eases assembly, disassembly, and valve-pin adjustment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

A patented quick-couple actuator reportedly enhances this company's readily removable and replaceable clamp plate design, reconfiguring a product that was previously available on a limited basis with certain hot runner nozzles so that it's now compatible with the company's entire global product line of valve gate hot runner systems.

Eastman’s new copolyester suited for all EBM processes

By MPW Staff
Published: September 27th, 2010

By avoiding melt fracturing, a new line of copolyesters is well suited for high-output extrusion blowmolding (EBM) technologies, including wheel and reciprocating screw systems, opening up opportunities in the juice, dairy, and distilled spirits markets, among others.

Names in the news: Berry Plastics, Lanxess, Constar, Fiberforge

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 27th, 2010

Effective Oct. 4, 2010, Ira G. Boots will retire as chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics Corp. (Evansville, IN). Jonathan Rich, currently president and CEO of Momentive Performance Materials will take his place. Boots will remain with Berry as a member of its board of directors and as a business consultant. Boots, 56, has been an employee of Berry and its predecessors since 1978, running the company since 2001.

LTL Compounders adds SBC and TPU to ColorRx line of medical resins

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 27th, 2010

Having recently passed the 20th anniversary of its founding, LTL Color Compounders (Morrisville, PA) celebrated a bit more by adding styrene block copolymer (SBC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomers to its ColorRx line of custom colored medical grade resins. The line now encompasses a broad range of engineering and commodity resins.

PVC plugs prevent pollution transgressions

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 27th, 2010

Hydraulic oil through the floor drain leads to a financial penalty for polluting. Ryno drain plugs help processors comply with environmental regulations by providing a quick yet reliable means of ensuring that any spilled or leaking liquids cannot enter floor drains.

Free 2D CAD software for the Mac

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 27th, 2010

Creating, editing and viewing DWG files on the Mac platform is now possible with DraftSight from Dassault Systèmes (Vélizy-Villacoublay, France), and at no cost whatsoever to the user.

DraftSight generally takes a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems, including Mac OS, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators. Linux support will be available later this year.

First American Plastic Molding adds two 850-ton Cincinnati injection molding machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 24th, 2010

First American Plastic Molding Enterprise (South Beloit, IL) has added two 850-ton Cincinnati Milacron injection molding machines, installing one in its 39,000-sq-ft facility in South Beloit, with the second at its 22,000-sq-ft operation in Ocean Springs, MS. Currently, First American houses 24 horizontal presses ranging in size from 40 to 850 tons, with a 150-ton multi-station rotary-dial vertical clamp press that was recently brought on line.

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