Is U.S. the next stop in Gerresheimer’s investment spree?

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 5th, 2011

Last year it opened its first facility in North America, in Mexico, and in March 2011 acquired Brazilian pharmaceutical plastic closure molder Védat to strengthen its pharmaceutical plastic packaging business in South America. Now Gerresheimer, a $1.4 billion/yr processor of glass and plastic packaging and other devices for the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, has gone on record as saying it intends to acquire a processor in the U.S. with sales of between $100 million - $250 million.

Suzuki investment gives boost to Filipino processing sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

Suzuki Motor Corporation (Hamamatsu, Japan) is banking on strong growth in the two-wheeler market in the Philippines with a major investment in an assembly operation that will also benefit the nation's plastics processing sector.

U.S. manufacturing up slightly in June

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

Manufacturers have a right to be optimistic as the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) showed expansion of economic activity in June for the 23rd consecutive month, according to the Institute of Supply Management's Manufacturing Report on Business. The PMI registered 55.3%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from May, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector.  The baseline number is 50, with any figure above 50 indicating an expansion, and below 50 a contraction.

Johnson Controls, Jacob Plastics, others join forces against metal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

CAMISMA is the name of a new project that brings together automotive seating and interiors specialist Johnson Controls with partners in the plastics processing, supply and research communities. Their goal is to develop lighter cars in which carbon fiber-reinforced composites or other materials are used to replace steel and other metals.

Working on the project with Johnson Controls are plastics and chemicals suppler Evonik, plastics processor Jacob Plastics GmbH, carbon fiber supplier Toho Tenax Europe and the technical university in Aachen. All are based in Germany.

Norner establishes company to spur new tech commercialization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

Plastics R&D service provider Norner AS has branched out with a new business unit, called Norner Verdandi AS, to develop businesses based on technology and knowledge present within Norner or from other companies. Examples of these are plastics based on CO2 and the reduction of odor in the recycling of plastics.

Partnership fosters “green” design of E/E items

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

Plastics processors whose customers include electronics and electrical goods' OEMs may be interested in a new partnership between global certification company TÜV Rheinland and GreenSoft Technology. The partnership gives TÜV Rheinland access to GreenSoft's environmental compliance data collection service, including its parts database, to provide RoHS and REACH services to its clients.

Pipe head design helps PVC welds stay fit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

A new pipe head for extrusion of polyvinyl chloride is said by its manufacturer to offer substantial processing advantages including higher melt pressure after the torpedo, which leads to a better welding effect. The pipe head, branded as the RK Streamliner, is made and marketed by High Tech Extrusion.

Names in the News: Wilbert and Easley, Mold-Masters, Conair and IMSI, and American Kuhne

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 1st, 2011

This edition of Names in the News includes coverage of Wilbert Plastic Services' acquisition of Easley Custom Plastics, and hot runner systems supplier Mold-Masters award for its economical auxiliary injection unit. In addition, Conair has appointed a new agency in the Southern U.S., and American Kuhne hires a longtime extrusion expert as its new VP of process technology.

7 sustainable packaging predictions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 30th, 2011

Tony Kingsbury began his assessment of where sustainable packaging materials are, and where they're likely headed, with a good news/bad news scenario that represents the defining dichotomy of the planet's future. Kingsbury, the Dow Chemical executive-in-resident at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, noted that according to the United Nations, the earth will have 9 billion human inhabitants by 2050.

Walmart asks suppliers to help it reach sustainability goals

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 30th, 2011

Nearly five years ago, Walmart's introduction of a packaging scorecard forced the entire supply chain of the world's largest retailer to reexamine everything about their products' packaging from where and how it was made to what it was made with. For those who doubted that Big Box's resolve to tackle wasteful packaging, the scorecard is in its third iteration and the retailer's conviction that it, the companies it works with, and even its retail challengers continuously strive towards more sustainable operations is unwavering.

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