2011 U.S. manufacturing technology orders up 66.4% over 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 14th, 2012

December's U.S. manufacturing orders were up 12.2% over November's, meaning that 2011 finished with a bang. U.S. manufacturing orders totaling $5.508 billion, up 66.4% compared with 2010, according to the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Assn. (AMTDA).

Bigger role eyed for Phillips-Medisize Czech plant

By Doug Smock
Published: February 14th, 2012

Phillips Plastics said that it is exploring ways to leverage its merger with European-based Medisize as it officially announced that it will now be known as Phillips-Medisize Corp.

Mack adds 6 Toshiba electrics for medical molding

By Doug Smock
Published: February 14th, 2012

Mack Molding is beefing up its medical focus, company officials said in announcements at MD&M West today in Anaheim, California.

A just-completed Class 100,000 clean room in Arlington, Vermont houses six 110-ton electric injection molding machines from Toshiba. "Dedicated to reusable and disposable medical applications, this facility will be particularly well suited for the injection molding needs of our orthopedic customers," said Jeff Somple, president of Mack's Northern Operations.

Women in a man’s world; female plastics executives thrive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 14th, 2012

When one woman-owned plastic molding company buys another woman-owned plastics processing company, you've got . . . well, the makings of an interesting story. Susan Parent had no intentions of ever getting into the manufacturing arena, much less plastics, but as she soon discovered, often our paths take some interesting detours. Today, she's into the plastics processing business in a big way. The company she started nearly two decades ago in Torrington, CT, recently expanded into the Midwest with the purchase of C-K Plastics Inc. in St. Louis, MO, also a woman-owned company. 

Safety pays for everyone, including one lucky Meredith-Springfield employee

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 13th, 2012

On Monday, Feb. 13 Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., an extrusion blowmolding company in Ludlow, MA, held a drawing that rewarded one of its employees with a trip to the Bahamas in celebration of two years without a lost-time accident. Scott P. Hirsh, a machine maintenance technician from Three Rivers, MA, had his name drawn for the all-expenses-paid trip to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island worth $10,000.

Chinese biopolymer supplier finds French owner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 13th, 2012

Arkema (Colombes, France) has finalized the acquisition of Chinese companies Hipro Polymers (Suzhou, Jiangsu Province), a producer of specialty bio-sourced polyamide (PA) 10.10, and Casda Biomaterials (Hengshui, Hebei Province), the world's leading producer of sebacic acid processed from castor oil.

And the greenest car is?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 13th, 2012

It's been twelve years since an electric car was ranked the greenest car in the U.S. but Mitsubishi Motor's new i-MIEV has finally unseated the Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle after its eight-year stint at the top.

Medical device innovations highlight MD&M West

By Doug Smock
Published: February 13th, 2012

Plastics compounds that enable innovations in medical device design are among the highlights at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing  (MD&M) West  in Anaheim, California.

A DuPont polyacetal grade developed specifically for medical devices is used for a safety scalpel blade holder introduced by  Southmedic. The Special Control grade is said to provide superior stiffness, low friction and compliance with USP Class VI and ISO 10993 -5 and -11 regulations.

RAPRA launches first international polymer conference in Ohio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 13th, 2012

The Rubber and Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), announced the Global Polymer Innovation Expo (GPIE) will be held in Columbus, OH August 26-29th, 2012 at Battelle Hall.

Sustainability, innovation, and partnerships key themes at The Packaging Conference

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 13th, 2012

Attendees of The Packaging Conference (Feb. 6-8; Aria City Center; Las Vegas) saw a different type of green in Las Vegas, as sustainability, versus greenbacks, seemed to be on the mind of most.

In fact, almost all of the speeches touched on sustainability at point or another.

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