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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.

Event planned for UK’s PET extrusion and recycling market

By MPW Staff
Published: July 12th, 2010

The United Kingdom's polyester extrusion and recycling industries have grown significantly in the past years, so this supplier of equipment used in these processes sees a good opportunity to bring together a group of experts, processors, recyclers and more to spend a day discussing the industries' changing face. Among the presenters will be a Coca-Cola executive responsible for the company's initiatives in PET collection and bottle-to-bottle recycling.

Moldmakers showing hard-won gains

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2010

The Summer 2010 Business Forecast Survey of the American Mold Builders Assn. reveals that the recovery seems to have taken hold as business continues getting better for a majority of respondents. The quarterly survey revealed that current business conditions once again improved over the previous three months, with 9% of the respondents saying that business is “Excellent”—up two percentage points from 7% of respondents in the Spring 2010 survey, better than it has been in more than a year.

Appleton sells Perfomance Packaging to NEX Performance Films for $58 million

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2010

NEX Performance Films Inc. has purchased Appleton's Performance Packaging operations for $58 million, as Appleton looks to exit plastics after only five years and shift focus to its core specialty paper and Encapsys microencapsulation businesses. The operations included in the sale extrude single and multilayer polyethylene films and are comprised of two wholly owned subsidiaries: American Plastics Company Inc.

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