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Visteon opens injection molding plant outside Moscow for interior components

By Tony Deligio
Published: September 9th, 2010

Visteon Corp. (Van Buren Township, MI) has opened a 2500m2 (27,000-ft2) injection molding facility in Kaluga, Russia for the fabrication of panels and other interior components as part of a new contract to supply Volkswagen's Polo. Visteon spokesman Jim Fisher told PlasticsToday that the plant will initially run at least six injection molding machines, in addition to robotics and ultrasonic welding equipment, with room to expand.

Taghleef starts up BoPLA film line using Ingeo resin, Brückner hardware

By MPW Staff
Published: September 9th, 2010

Taghleef Industries (Ti; Dubai) has successfully started production of biodegradable biaxially oriented polylactic acid (BoPLA) film at its plant in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy. Running NatureWorks's Ingeo PLA, the line is primarily based on Brückner extrusion and winding equipment. Taghleef's European CEO, Valerio Garzitto, said his firm ordered the PLA line in March, with the August 18 startup a more than a month ahead of schedule.

Keyuan breaks ground on $17.5 million SBS plant, forecasts 6-7% growth for elastomer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2010

Keyuan Petrochemicals Inc. (Ningbo, China) began construction of its 70,000-tonnes/yr styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) production facility in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. With an estimated cost of $17.5 million, the facility, which is adjacent to an existing Keyuan operation, is expected to generate $110 million in sales in 2012. Trial runs for the new line are forecast to take place in 2011, running from October to November, with production to commence thereafter.

Indiana says no thanks to JM Eagle lawsuit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2010

Indiana is the latest state to join California, Florida, Massachusetts, and the Federal government in declining to intervene in a complaint filed earlier this year against JM Eagle, the world's largest pipe manufacturer, said the company in a statement. The so-called "whistleblower" lawsuit originally named 11 states and the District of Columbia in the plaintiff's lawsuit as "real parties in interest"-a listing that essentially invited those states and DC to join, or "intervene," in the lawsuit. Only four states have chosen to do so while three states and DC are still deciding.

TPE North American resin pricing, Aug. 30-Sept. 3: PE, PP climb; PP up $0.11/lb from June lows

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2010

Overview: Spot market activity in resin picked up once again after a couple weeks of relative inactivity. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that while demand was good, many potential deals stalled when asking prices rose quickly in support of September price-increase initiatives. Average polyethylene (PE) prices were steady to $0.02/lb higher, with a variance seen amongst grades. For the second week running, polypropylene (PP) added $0.01/lb.

Do you want your kid to get a manufacturing job?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 7th, 2010

In a study released in June by Deloitte LLP and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the study found that, not surprisingly, the United States is losing ground relative to nations in Asia from a competitive manufacturing standpoint.

China’s resin, plastic product output climb by 23% and 21% in first half of 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2010

Whatever slowdown the sector might have experienced in 2009, China's plastics industry has accelerated past 2009's economic speed bump to double-digit gains in plastic and plastic products over the first half of 2010. The Research in China report shows that synthetic resin production rose 23.21% in the first half of 2010 over the year-earlier period to 21.07 million tons.

Pair develop world’s first all-plastic outdoor LED lamp

By MPW Staff
Published: September 7th, 2010

Lighting manufacturer Iwasaki Electric and plastics and chemicals supplier Teijin say they have developed the world's first outdoor LED lamp made 100% from plastics. Heat dissipation is handled by a carbon-fiber-filled polycarbonate, which replaces aluminum for the entire lamp's housing except for the bayonet cap.

Another plastics major, another printed electronics investment

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 7th, 2010

It seems not more than a month can pass anymore without investment by a major plastics supplier in printed electronics technology. This month, the star is Solvay, which has announced it has taken a minority stake worth $4 million in Polyera Corp. (Skokie, IL), a materials developer for the printed electronics market.

Nissei develops PLA-specific molding machine range

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2010

Injection molding machine manufacturer Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. has developed a range of presses especially for the processing of polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic derived from plant starch. The machines, with molds and processing technology supplied by a leading Japanese molding consultancy, are marketed especially for the processing of high-heat grades of PLA, which to now has been very problematic.

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