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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.

Packaging consolidation: Irving Place Capital acquires Mold-Rite

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

"The acquisition of Mold-Rite is an exciting development for IPC's packaging effort," said Phil Carpenter, a senior managing director at middle market private equity firm Irving Place Capital (IPC), regarding the acquisition of the closure and jar molder based in Plattsburgh, NY.

Brazilian plastics machinery market offers opportunity for domestic firms, imports

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 23rd, 2010

A reduction in interest rates, assistance from the country's national development bank, and booming domestic demand are lifting Brazilian manufacturers of plastics processing equipment, even as a stronger Real impacts its export potential and Chinese machine makers target Brazilian converters.

The AMBA goes to Washington

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 23rd, 2010

Are you in the moldmaking business and want to have a word with your Congress person? Then you need to go to Washington, DC with the AMBA.

Scratchproof coating works even after thermoforming

By MPW Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

This supplier of polycarbonate has developed a new hardcoated film that, despite its scratchproof coating, can be shaped three-dimensionally. The film produces 3D component surfaces with a deep-gloss finish and supposedly outstanding abrasion resistance.

Bayer scratchproof coating for polycarbonate

Techmer buys melt additive line from BASF; subsidiary recognized by customer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has sold its hydrophilic melt additives business to Techmer PM LLC (Clinton, TN) after a strategic portfolio review completed following its acquisition of Ciba Plastic Additives. Techmer, which manufactures colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, said in a release that the Irgasurf HL products complement its existing product line and strong presence in the fibers and nonwoven markets.

Quantifying environmental benefits of auto weight reduction

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Cutting weight from cars has to help the environment by reducing emissions and increasing mileage, right? Trexel decided to find out just how much good its MuCell microcellular foam can do, and hired an environmental firm to spell it out. As it happens, they only need capital letters.

TPE North American resin pricing, June 14-18: PP ends eight-week skid; PE down $0.02-$0.03/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Overview: Polypropylene (PP) ended its recent skid, raising a penny in the spot market, while polyethylene (PE) continues its slide, losing another $0.02-$0.03/lb. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) saw similar movements in the spot monomer markets, where ethylene prices fell in active trading and propylene prices edged upward.

BASF enters LGF-PA market, and offers simo software for this material

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 22nd, 2010

During its pre-K 2010 press conference today (June 22) in Frankenthal, Germany, officials at plastics and additives supplier BASF announced the company's entry into the market for long-glass-fiber-reinforced grades of polyamide. Not only will the material be offered, but the company also has upgraded the capabilities of its proprietary Ultrasim software to permit simulation of components made with these materials.

New Ultem PEI grades for medical, E/E, and springs

By MPW Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2010

SABIC Innovative Plastics has developed new grades of its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, as well as Ultem-based compounds, to win medical and electrical/electronic components, with an industrial spring project in the mix for good measure.

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