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Clarified PP fights way into high-end cosmetics application

By MPW Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

In its search for the best package to market a new line of bath oils, one European cosmetics brand owner opted for bottles that are extrusion blowmolded of clarified polypropylene (c-PP). More established materials including PVC and glycol-modified PET also were considered but lost out in the materials specifying race.

Mold maintenance tracking made even easier

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 2nd, 2010

The latest iteration of the MoldTrax mold maintenance tracking system is now available from principal distributor Progressive Components (Wauconda, IL). Version offers insightful upgrades and new functions that make tracking mold maintenance even easier.

California molder to open new plant in S. Carolina

By Rob Neilley
Published: September 1st, 2010

Based in California's Bay area, custom molder Jatco Incorporated has already gone international with a plant in GuangDong, China, and now it's going national with a new molding-centric facility that will open in South Carolina during the first quarter of 2011.

Tips of the trade: Prevent chatter marks on your extruded sheet

By MPW Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

So many things can go wrong during sheet extrusion that it's almost a miracle processors are able to produce as much good product as they do. Chatter marks can be a common problem when processing sheet, but with this checklist you'll be able to locate and fix a weak spot quickly. 

Pacific Plastics adds second cleanroom, all-inclusive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2010

Medical device molder Pacific Plastics & Engineering, a contract manufacturer and custom injection molder, added another stand-alone 1000-ft2 Class (7) 10,000 cleanroom within the facility’s existing footprint. The new cleanroom contains automated lines for assembly and secondary operations including pad printing, assembly, and heatstaking. This expands the company’s production line to include two Class (7) 10,000 cleanrooms, the first containing six presses, and five Class (8) 100,000 soft-walled cleanrooms.

Improved purging agent promises no residue at lower purging cost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

It's a big promise but the supplier says it has customers' firsthand experience to back it up. This new and improved purging agent combines non-melting but softening thermoplastic scrubbing granules with an expanding proprietary additive. This combination removes color and contamination without leaving behind residue due to the combined power of the thermoplastic's scrubbing action and the expansion of the additive.

Rotomolding project showing early gains

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

At the midway point in the three-year project's life, the company leading the research says good strides are being made in advancing rotational molding. Processors interested in the Rotoflex project can also track it online.

California bag ban faces August 31 deadline for passage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

Update: The California state senate sent the proposed bag ban to defeat last night by a vote of 20-14, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Solar’s prospects push DuPont to EVA and polyvinyl fluoride startups

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

DuPont has started ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) production at its Chinese joint venture Beijing Hua Mei Polymer Company Limited, with plans to market the EVA produced there under the Elvax brand. DuPont says the joint venture will supply a broad range of specialty EVAs targeting market segments like packaging, adhesives, wire and cable, footwear, renewable energy, and electronics.

TPE North American resin pricing, August 23-27: PE and PP up; September contract increases put forward

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were relatively slow for the second week in a row, in stark contrast to the frenetic trading seen in first half of August. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that there was a steady stream of demand, but added that spot supplies have been drying up ahead of contract price increases, which are slated to take effect for September.

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