Medical Musings: Study, adapt, prosper

By Doug Smock
Published: January 6th, 2012

Winners in the fast-growing and changing medical plastics market will be technology specialists. New quality, cost and regulatory demands are rapidly upping the ante for processors who want to participate.

In that spirit, here are a few areas of specialization coupled with upcoming educational opportunities.

Feng Ping bets big on Orlando, NPE

By Tony Deligio
Published: January 5th, 2012

Three years ago, Jim Fiocchi walked the aisles of NPE2009 in Chicago trying to find potential customers for what he and his brother John thought could possibly become a China-based moldmaking business.

Peninsula Packaging Co. expands agricultural thermoforming division

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 5th, 2012

With the purchase of two thermoforming plants, Peninsula Packaging Co. expands both its agricultural thermoforming business and geographical footprint.

Partnership pursues 3D-MID applications

By Doug Smock
Published: January 5th, 2012

The Val Tech Group (Rochester, NY), which has been expanding its cleanroom space, is partnering with SelectConnect Technologies (Palatine, IL)  to produce three-dimensional molded interconnect device (3D-MID) components.

Engel's auto solutions drive NPE presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 4th, 2012

Highlighting its expertise as a system solution provider, Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) will show two auto-related, highly integrated and automated manufacturing cells at the upcoming NPE 2012 show in Orlando, Florida this April.

MWV purchases closure maker Polytop Corp.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 4th, 2012

Packaging giant MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) acquired Polytop Corp., a closure maker, in a move to expand the company's technologies and global growth.    

The acquisition will help publicly traded MWV further strengthen its position in global packaging, said Scott Openshaw, manager of corporate communications for MWV.

European moldmaker introduces new multicomponent tool technology

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 4th, 2012

For molders needing quick and efficient mold changeovers to accommodate changing batch sizes, Germany's Zahoransky Formenbau GmbH offers new multi-component platform injection molds, saying the new technology allows faster product changeover by simply exchanging mold inserts in the master mold.

Gross mismanagement part II B: Furthering the discussion

By Glenn Beall
Published: January 4th, 2012

Ed. Note: Glenn Beall's Dec. 1 By Design article generated 19 comments in what became a spirited online discussion of the intersection of corporate management, university curriculum and on-the-job training. Here Glenn extends the conversation drawing from his own experience as a business owner to outline his stance.

Onex buys Davis-Standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 4th, 2012

Extrusion systems supplier Davis-Standard LLC (Pawcatuck, CT) was sold by private equity firm Hamilton Robinson and Davis-Standard management shareholders to ONCAP, the mid-market private equity platform of Toronto-based investment firm Onex. The deal, which closed on Dec. 23, 2011, was announced to the market on Jan. 4, 2012 and ends Hamilton Robinson's involvement with Davis-Standard.

Valeo acquires Chinese automotive lighting concern

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 3rd, 2012

As part of its development strategy in high-growth countries, and particularly China, Tier I Valeo (Paris) has acquired an 80% shareholding in the Chinese automotive lighting specialist Ruby from Chery Technology, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Chery Automobile (Wuhu, China). Chery Technology will retain a 20% stake in the company.

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