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Thermoforming: Long-glass-fiber reinforcement gives this sheet extra muscle

By MPW Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

Thermoforming processors of large automotive or industrial parts who are keen to knock metal off its perch have a new tool to work with as the Penn Fibre division of Ensinger has expanded its product range, adding long-glass-fiber-reinforced polyolefin sheet to its quiver.

Exatec and ULVAC join vacuum, plasma coating, and PC for glazing advance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

Exatec (Wixom, MI) and Japan's ULVAC will collaborate on turnkey mass-production systems for the cost-effective, high-volume production of weatherable, scratch-resistant, plasma-coated Lexan polycarbonate (PC) vehicle windows.

PPA Extrusion grade finds home in engine compartments

By MPW Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

An improved grade of polyphtalamide overcomes the material's inherent brittleness, giving extrusion processors the ability to use the material to replace metal in automotive engine compartment tubing applications.

Tech Mold opens white room in Gilbert testing facility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 20th, 2010

Tech Mold Inc., a leading mold manufacturer of high-volume production molds for the medical, pharmaceutical, packaging, and consumer industries, just opened a white room molding environment at its Gilbert, AZ, testing facility—Tech Mold East—to better facilitate the testing and qualification requirements for the many molds the company builds.
 

TPE North American resin pricing, July 12-16: PE lower; PP up; activity on the rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2010

Overview: The spot resin markets remained fairly busy last week, driven by a steady flow of demand that saw a large number of deals concluded. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that prices remained mixed, with the polyethylene market still under pressure while polypropylene continued to recover. Spot monomer prices firmed in reaction to a new cracker outage.

Submit papers now for ANTEC 2011 in Boston, May 1-5

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2010

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has opened the gates and papers now can be submitted for its ANTEC 2011. The big, long-running plastics technical conference will be held in Boston, MA on May 1-5, 2011.
 
First things first: the deadline for abstracts of papers is November 19, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, which only seems like a long way off to those who have not prepared papers before. The format can be technical or commercial and the style can be interactive (poster) or podium.
 

IQMS improves profitability 50% in first half

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2010

ERP software provider IQMS (Paso Robles, CA) improved profitability by 50% in the first half of 2010, while also increasing headcount, accelerating software development, and growing its number of new client companies. Randy Flamm, president and founder of IQMS, said his company is seeing strong gains year-to-date over last year. In spite of the industry-wide downturn in 2008 and 2009, Flamm said not only has IQMS not experienced lay-offs, but it has grown almost every department in the company by double digits.
 

“Film festival” serves as prelude to K 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2010

Film processors bound this autumn for K 2010, the industry's leading tradeshow, may want to arrive in Düsseldorf a few days early to attend this plastic films conference. Now in its 25th year, the annual Specialty Plastic Films conference will be the showcase for several premiers, according to the event's organizers.
 

ACC changes economic indicator light from green to yellow amidst negative news

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

Following a week of negative reports, the American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, DC) economics and statistics department changed its banner from green to yellow when its running tab of positive indicators slipped to 11 out of 20. While news that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to a two-year low was positive, disappointing reports on retail sales, industrial production, trade, and the regional business surveys outweighed any optimism to be gleaned from that bright spot.

Sabic’s first-half income up 1159%

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

New capacity, revived demand, and the ability to benchmark against the historically terrible first six months of 2009, lifted Sabic Basic Industries (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) to net income in the first half of 2010 of SR10.45 billion ($2.786 billion), up 1159% compared to net income of SR0.83 billion ($22.1 million) for the same period in 2009. Net income for the quarter ended June 30, was SR5.02 billion ($1.338 billion) up 177% compared to net income of SR1.81 billion ($314.8 million) for the same quarter in 2009.

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