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Names in the news: PCC, KraussMaffei, LIST, Gneuss, Reifenhäuser, Davis-Standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2010

New to the staff of Plastics Color Corp. (PCC; Calumet City, IL), a supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches, is the company's new director of business development, Timothy Workman. Workman comes to PCC with more than 20 years experience in the plastics and specialty chemical industries. Workman will also be responsible for the company's marketing and communications functions.

Assisting your customers is a matter 
of 1-2-3

By Amie Chitwood
Published: July 13th, 2010

Makers of equipment designed for supporting primary processing are also helping processors make good sustainable and financial decisions for their business.

New stretch blowmold process poses threat to extrusion blow for handleware

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 13th, 2010

Procter & Gamble, Sidel, and PTI report they have codeveloped the means to use injection stretch blowmolding to create a new type of container handle. The trio says benefits to extrusion blowmolding, the standard process for handleware, include 20%-25% material savings and a higher output per cavity.

Mold component suppliers optimistic about North American turnaround

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 13th, 2010

It appears that re-shoring of moldmaking projects is now a reality, and as North American moldmakers become busier, so do their suppliers. Looking for differentiation is still key as they try new value-add products.

Brazilian firm to make pens using Cereplast resin

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

Ending a lengthy search for the right biodegradable, compostable molding material, the Brazilian company S.R. Promocionais will begin producing its Eko BIO pens using Cereplast (El Segundo, CA) 1001 Compostable resin to mold the pen's structural components, marking yet another application for Cereplast in the Brazilian market.

New melt filter venture in India, improved remote diagnostics, and bioriented PLA

By Robert Colvin
Published: July 12th, 2010

German tenter frame producer Brückner (Siegsdorf) has formed a joint venture with Seebach (Vellmar, Germany) to produce melt filter elements for its and competitors' lines with the creation of Brückner Seebach Filter Solutions India (Pune, India). According to Uwe P. Thönniss, co-managing director at the company's service subsidiary Servtec, production has already started and the first supply of a range of filter products should be available from the company by autumn.

Brückner Group has expansion plans

By Robert Colvin
Published: July 12th, 2010

Officials at the Brückner Group (Siegsdorf, Germany), made up of tenter frame and cast polypropylene (CPP) equipment producer Brückner Maschinenbau, service affiliate Brückner Servtec, and thermoforming machinery manufacturer Kiefel, say they have the money and the will to make acquisitions that will allow the company to offer a wider range of products in the future to help overcome some of the cyclical nature of its main business areas.

Georg Kaufmann Formenbau bringing functional surfaces, integrated sensors to K

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

Georg Kaufmann Formenbau AG will highlight the performance and innovative features of injection mold systems during K 2010 in Düsseldorf, Oct. 27- Nov. 3. Featured will be the production of molded parts with functional surfaces (e.g. self-luminous, transparent, heatable, soft-touch) and/or with integrated capacitive sensors. Kaufmann has further improved its Duo Lamination process for back injection and back injection-compression molding, as well as designed and built a demonstration mold for a variety of applications.

Project REACHes out to processors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

As it reaches the quarter-way mark of its two-year span, an ongoing collaborative effort focusing on REACH legislation in Europe has reached some preliminary conclusions. For instance, the project has identified varying levels of awareness of REACH at processors across the EU member states and what the group's members call "a severe lack of specific information" about REACH relating to the plastics industry.

In with the red, but without halogens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

A new additive gives processors' products the same brilliant red coloration they need while also responding to their customers' concerns about halogen-bearing products.

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