First Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower molding system running in UK

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2011

While attendees crowded around the new-generation Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower molding production system at the K 2010 show last October, the RKT Centre for Polymer, Micro and Nano Technology (Bradford, UK) was finalizing its purchase of the first one to be delivered. It's running now and, coupled with computer/Internet technology, is opening new vistas for the Centre's clients.

Big deal for tiny tubes: Bayer buys CNT license from Hyperion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2011

Carbon nanotube developers Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and Hyperion Catalysis International have concluded a patent license agreement to develop new application areas for the technology. Under the deal, BMS has made payments to Hyperion that will allow it to sell its Baytubes carbon nanotubes for use within a defined field under Hyperion's extensive patent portfolio.

Compact weigh module with ultra-precision to boot

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2011

In-process control and embedded weighing is now possible in any critical instrument or system operation with WMC weigh modules from Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH). The instruments are claimed to be the smallest high-precision weighing sensors in the world, measuring just one inch in width.

North Carolina molder doubles down on electric molding machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2011

It was only two years ago that Bright Plastics, a diversified art-to-part custom molder located in Greensboro, NC decided on its first all-electric molding machine, a 60-ton Engel e-motion. That purchase was recently joined in Bright's cleanroom by two new, larger, and different models of all-electric machine.

January manufacturing technology consumption 188% higher than a year ago

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 18th, 2011

In January the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) totaled $371.41 million, and while that was down 16.3% from December 2010, it was a 188.3% increase compared with the total of $128.82 million reported for January 2010. These are the latest figures reported by the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), from companies participating in the USMTC program.
  

PP, PE prices move lower in China as demand softens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2011

Local PP and PE prices moved lower in China as lackluster demand within the country pushed sellers to reduce their prices, according to plastics pricing information service ChemOrbis. According to the service, Chinese traders are also reported to be actively searching for possible re-export outlets for their excess materials, even eyeing markets as far away as Turkey.

Plastics packaging: Thermoformed bottles showcased at upcoming trade show

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 18th, 2011

At the interpack trade show this coming May, French machinery manufacturer Agami will unveil its "Roll N Blow" thermoforming machine, a roll-fed thermoformer optimized for processing of plastic bottles. According to the company, the unit can form bottles with capacities between 100-500 ml that weigh significantly less than comparable blowmolded bottles.

Molding innovator George Freeborn is dead at 84

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

George E. Freeborn, the founder and CEO of Textek Plastics Inc. (San Antonio, TX) who died on March 15 at the age of 84, was an innovator in rotational and injection molding and active in both the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

A veteran of the U.S. Navy Air Corps (1944-1946), following college Freeborn worked at rotational molders and thermoformers, innovating the first rotomolded plastic street light globe, among other things.

Change in regulation would require treatment of wooden pallets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

Wooden pallets that previously went between the U.S. and Canada without being heat-treated to kill insects or larvae could soon be required to undergo such treatments, potentially shifting the pallet market to other materials, including plastics. A proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) would remove the exemption from the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 treatment of wood-packaging material moving between Canada and the U.S.

Italian machinery makers rebound in 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

Figures provided by Assocomaplast, the Italian trade association representing about 170 of the country's manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery plus moldmakers, show the country's industry moving in a positive direction following the decidedly difficult 2009. Total exports were up 10% and the percentages were even higher for primary processing machinery.

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