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Auto suppliers sharpening China focus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2010

Global parts suppliers to the automotive industry are focusing most of their attention on China, reported SupplierBusiness, an IHS Global Insight company. The report (July 5, 2010) noted that, “Faurecia, ZF Friedrichshafen, GKN and Trelleborg announced expansion plans in China and Continental and Federal-Mogul cited improved prospects in the country.”

Blowmolding weathers capital crunch, 
sustainability surge

By Tony Deligio
Published: July 8th, 2010

On top of a global credit freeze, which made finding financing for capital equipment nearly impossible, a push for greater sustainability from retailers, brand owners, and consumers forced a reexamination of all packaging, including blowmolded bottles, creating challenges and opportunities for suppliers of blowmolding machinery.

The rough patch is not completely past, 
but solid growth is on the way

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 8th, 2010

The recent past has proven tough for many processors in this space, but viewed in the long term, issues such as the need to preserve potable water and to supply more people with sufficient housing mean there is plenty of growth ahead for pipe and profile processing.

K debut for six-month-old battenfeld-cincinnati

By MPW Staff
Published: July 8th, 2010

Only six months removed from the merger that created it, extrusion equipment supplier battenfeld-cincinnati (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany) is promising advances from all three of its divisions at the K (Oct. 27-Nov. 3; Düsseldorf, Germany).

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.

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