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On the rise: Packaging that makes your life easier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2010

Protective packaging is hot, as more and more people shop online and shipping increases in both developing and developed regions of the globe. A Freedonia Group report says that world demand for protective packaging is projected to increase 7.8% per year to $22.2 billion in 2014, representing a "notable acceleration" from the 2004-2009 period.

What's that you say? Injection molder helps inventor successfully market new ear protection device

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2010

A new product and a new partnership are leading to success for custom injection molder Polymer Conversions Inc. and its customer, SensGard LLC, maker of hearing protection devices.

Solvay, Arkema part ways on PVC plants

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 25th, 2010

The two plastics and chemicals suppliers have decided to end the production ventures concerning three plants they had jointly owned.  EHT result will be that Solvay takes control of one site and Arkema now can call two of them its own.

Solvay owns 75% of SolVin, its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) joint venture with BASF. SolVin and Arkema have decided to each buy back the minority cross-holdings in the PVC production joint ventures they operate.

If soccer fans do want to sit, they’re in good hands

By MPW Staff
Published: June 25th, 2010

With the excitement high, many of the fans attending the World Cup soccer matches in South Africa probably won't have much use for their seats. But should they need a break, they can rest assured those seats were molded with a recipe of color, FR, and UV additives designed to keep them safe, attractive, and comfortable.

Composite industry eyes growth in Asia

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 24th, 2010

Asia Pacific currently accounts for approximately 30% of global composites demand but come 2015 it will be home to around half of global consumption.

Indeed production looks set to more than double to ten million metric tons by 2015. This bullish forecast comes from Frédérique Mutel, president and CEO of JEC Composites, organizer of the eponymous trade show in France and Asia. Mutel was visiting Singapore as part of an Asian roadshow for the JEC Composites Show scheduled for Singapore October 12-14.

Injection molding: With new hybrid, Sumitomo Demag aims high in packaging market

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 24th, 2010

The injection molding machine manufacturer this week introduced to a select group of customers, most from the thin-walled packaging market, its newest machine type, dubbed the El-Exis SP. On the surface little has changed, but peer inside the control and you’ll find some interesting new tools.

Bayer inaugurates functional films research center

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 24th, 2010

"Developing technological applications for future electronics" is the primary mission of a new research facility set up by Bayer MaterialsScience in Singapore.

Using self-developed material technologies, Bayer MaterialScience will pursue joint projects at the center with collaboration partners to create advanced technological breakthroughs in electronics. These include functional films that can be applied to flexible screens and 3D displays, and nanomaterials like conductive inks used in printed electronics or energy-efficient lighting technologies.

EnterpriseIQ on your BlackBerry

By IMM Staff
Published: June 24th, 2010

IQMS (Paso Robles, CA) users can now manage and view their CRM, work flow, inventory, customer pricing, sales orders, capable to promise (CTP), shop-floor production information, and more from their BlackBerries. IQMS developed the application to meet the needs of the growing portion of its customer base that use the mobile devices to connect to the office while they're on the road.

New flame-retardant grades for molding light-colored E/E products

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 24th, 2010

New grades of halogen-free flame-retardant polyamides (PA) and polybutylene terephthalates (PBT) are available in light natural colors—no red phosphorous here—so that processors of these can process electrical components in all color tones.

Executive Roundtable: What can be done about the looming skilled-labor shortage?

By John Clark
Published: June 23rd, 2010

One question we put to the Roundtable participants in light of the recession and halting job growth in the U.S., was “Do you see jobs coming back in the plastics industry?” Perhaps of more concern to all involved, such that the topic rose organically in both sessions, is the looming shortage of skilled labor in the U.S. manufacturing base, and what, if anything, can be done about it. Here’s the conversation.

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