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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.

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.

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