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NewAge validates old-fashioned values and innovation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2010

For the second consecutive year, NewAge Industries has been selected as a finalist in the Top Small Company Workplaces competition by Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting small businesses. New Age Industries was one of 40 finalist companies chosen from over 500 entrants.

Names in the News: Lorenz, Gneuss, ACS Group, and Wilmington

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2010

Lorenz Conveying Products (Cobourg,ON) has hired Mark Christie to fill the newly created role of director of sales. Christie will be responsible for all sales and marketing related activities, including representative recruitment, trade show marketing, advertising, and online marketing. Most recently, Christie ran his own sales training and consulting practice in Toronto. His work experience spans almost 20 years in sales, including direct selling and sales management.

Polyamide 610 grades slated for K debut

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 8th, 2010

Hydrolysis resistance to hot water and steam as well as its resistance to environmental stress cracking when exposed to aggressive chemicals are two particular attributes of the 610 chemistry of polyamide (PA) that reportedly make it a worthy competitor to other long-chain high-performance polyamides such as PA 612 or PA 12. Further, it has a lower density and reduced moisture uptake compared with conventional PA 6 and 66.

Color meter adapted to deal with LED and OLED lighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2010

Offering the ability to measure a variety of light sources accurately and with ease, a next-generation chroma meter takes into account greater adoption of LED and OLED lighting. The CL-200A Chroma Meter from Konica Minolta Sensing Americas Inc. (KMSA; Ramsey, NJ) is the successor to the CL-200 Chroma Meter.

TPE North American resin pricing, June 28-July 2: PE up $0.01/lb; PP $0.02/lb higher in quiet week

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2010

Market overview: The spot commodity resin markets were relatively slow as the 4th of July holiday approached. Since it was the end of the second quarter and most of June's business was already booked, many market participants took an extended holiday, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE).

Polyethylene (PE) prices nudged a penny higher on Monday and remained there for the rest of the week.

PLA injection molding breakthrough

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2010

The problems with injection molding conventional PLA are well known, not least of which are its low heat resistance and limited injection-molding capability because of PLA’s increased cycle time. Teijin and Panasonic Electric Works announced their joint development of heat-resistant polylactide (PLA) molding compound made from 80% plant-based renewable feedstock and providing significantly reduced molding cycle time of around half that of conventional PLA compounds.

Eight days that could change the course of BPA regulation in the U.S.

By Tony Deligio
Published: July 7th, 2010

Over an eight-day stretch in late June and early July, bisphenol A (BPA) was dealt two potentially devastating legislative blows by California and New York, as opponents of the chemical who have grown impatient with federal regulators took matters into their own hands.

Methanol-to-olefins technology creates another “on-purpose” path to propylene

By MPW Staff
Published: July 7th, 2010

Total Petrochemicals converted methanol to ethylene and propylene at its Feluy, Belgium complex, utilizing technology from Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC (Des Plaines, IL), in a bid to show that feedstocks other than petroleum can be used to produce key plastics feedstocks. Since its start-up last year, the demonstration unit has run consistently for more than 150 days, successfully employing UOP's Hydro methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology.

Global hot runner suppliers find hot markets in rebounding economy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 7th, 2010

No one is denying that 2009 was a tough year, but in spite of that, hot runner suppliers didn’t bury their heads in the sand. They kept an eye on emerging markets and new applications, and developed new products designed to meet new molding technologies.

Automation ready to move recovery into 
prosperity

By Rob Neilley
Published: July 7th, 2010

Manufacturing in developed countries must concentrate on complex leading-edge applications using the best technology and high productivity, which of necessity entails advanced and extensive automation.

Automation may prove to be the single most necessary element not only of the current economic recovery, but also of real prosperity in the postrecession global economy. Robotics will be as necessary for advanced manufacturing in emerging economies as in developed countries, and in fact they already are.

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