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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.

StackTeck acquires entree to Southeast Asia

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 6th, 2010

StackTeck (Brampton, ON), a manufacturer of high-productivity injection mold solutions primarily for the food and beverage packaging and medical markets, announced the acquisition of Matrix Technology Specialists of Hong Kong. The new company, StackTeck Matrix Systems, will have operations in Toronto, Canada; Hong Kong; Bangkok, Thailand; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Auto suppliers looking to stretch muscles again

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2010

A continuing recovery in global auto sales, as shown by April’s 19.8% rise in sales in U.S. vehicles, coupled with Europe’s 6.9% rise in sales, has been a boon to automotive suppliers. Once again they have available cash to make acquisitions and establish long-term strategies, not merely hang on and survive. That’s the take from SupplierBusiness, and IHS Global Insight Company.  Of course this report was released before the bad news regarding June’s auto sales, which might cause some auto suppliers to have second thoughts about spending their cash.

Mold-Masters opens Mexico sales and service center in Toluca

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2010

Hot runner manufacturer Mold-Masters Limited (Georgetown, ON) has opened its first direct Mexican sales and service center in Toluca. About 44 miles east of Mexico City, Toluca will be home to a site that will support customers of Mold-Masters’ hot runner, temperature controller and iPET technologies in what the company describes as a “critical production region.” Support of the Mexican polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market, which Mold-Masters says is the largest in Latin America, will be a key aspect of the sales and service center’s business.

Vac from the sea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2010

Vacuuming litter is one of Electrolux AB’s primary jobs, so it’s only fitting that the company should pick up plastic litter from the sea and recycle it into new vacuum cleaners.

Medical compounds offered in custom bone growth formulations

By MPW Staff
Published: July 6th, 2010

The custom compounds business unit of PolyMedex Discovery Group, which brings plastics processing, compounding and distribution under one roof, has expanded its range of services for implantable polymers to include a range of cleanroom blending of bone growth additives in polymers.

Moldmaker grows by speaking its customers’ language

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 2nd, 2010

R&D/Leverage UK (Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire) continues down the path of building itself into a full-service solutions provider, which has resulted in the company reporting 17% growth in sales for the first six months of 2010. Several factors have played into this growth rate, including the popularity of the Product Solutions Lab (PSL), delivery times up to twice as fast as the competition, the recent addition of the Genesis Hot Runner System, all combined with effective communications with non-English-speaking customers throughout Europe.

Survey shows hiring optimism among plastics companies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

The number of plastics companies likely to add employees in a new survey showed a marked improvement over last year. The Spring 2010 survey by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Gros Executive Recruiters found that 47.6% of companies polled said they were likely to add employees this year, compared to 18.3% in last year's survey.

More barrier, faster, using less material through new vacuum process

By MPW Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed a method to coat plastic foils with a very thin barrier layer that keeps out humidity and oxygen, using a vacuum-based, roll-to-roll coating process that can coat several thousand square meters of foil in a single hour.

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