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Cromex to move to new site, upgrade compounding equipment

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 17th, 2010

Brazil-based additive and masterbatch supplier Cromex (São Paulo) has plans to move to a new facility in São Paulo within the next nine months, outfitting the site with nine new compounding extrusion lines in addition to moving some existing equipment. Cesar Ortega, Cromex commercial director, and Enio A. Ferigatto, projects and products manager, revealed the plans to PlasticsToday during a tour of the company's existing site.

Modular system said to dry PET and other hydrophilic materials for less

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 17th, 2010

Less energy use, less time, and less trouble are being promised by Italian machinery manufacturer Moretto with its new Flowmax drying system. The automatic modular systems offer up to 10,000-12,000 kg/hr capacity without requiring either compressed air or cooling water. The manufacturer argues that a modular system composed of multiple dryers is the safer bet for an injection molder than a single large dryer which, if it fails, could then put a halt to a processor's entire operation. 

Cold carbon dioxide raises an environmentally friendly blast

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 17th, 2010

Dry ice is the medium employed in the Aero 40 HP compact, high-pressure blast cleaning system offered by Cold Jet (Cincinnati, OH).

The Aero system is said to provide advanced economical dry-ice blast cleaning in an environmentally friendly format with optimum best pellet integrity, maximum cleaning aggression, and the most reliable blast stream on the market. In addition, the Aero 40 HP uses Cold Jet's SureFlow system to prevent clogging and pellet sublimation, ensuring uninterrupted cleaning performance.

UPDATED: Ball to sell plastic packaging business to Amcor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2010

The North American plastics packaging business continues its realignment with today's announcement by Ball Corp. (Broomfield, CO) that it has agreed to sell its plastic packaging business to multinational packaging supplier Amcor (Hawthorn, Australia) for approximately $280 million.

New twin-screw extruder boasts 25% higher output

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 16th, 2010

PVC profile processors, take note: the K 2010 tradeshow will be the official market launch of a new range of parallel twin-screw extruders, said to offer throughput increases of 25% above current machines, while also offering an improvement in energy efficiency.

Thermoformable paper shoves PVC out the door of major retailer

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 16th, 2010

The march of plastics replacing more established materials has hit a speed bump at UK retailer Marks & Spencer. That company is the first to choose a thermoformable paper alternative to plastics for sliced ham. Billerud, the supplier of the thermoformable paper, says other major retailers also are specifying the material and that other applications soon will be commercialized.

Toot your horn a bit: Molding 50,000 vuvuzelas a month

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela—it's not a word you likely heard before the World Cup began, and we'll wager it fades from memory soon after the champion is crowned. But for now, if you're watching soccer, then you know the word and you definitely know the sound vuvuzelas make—like a horde of bees swooping through the stadiums.

New report says global outsourcing of medical devices growing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2010

The global outsourcing market for medical devices is projected by market research publisher Global Industry Analysts to reach about $42.6 billion by the year 2015. GIA also says the current economic slowdown is putting more pressure on device OEMs to reduce costs by outsourcing to low-labor-cost areas like India and China.

Exopack buys two Bemis film plants for $81 million

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 15th, 2010

Flexible packaging supplier Bemis Co. Inc. (Neenah, WI) has sold its Menasha, WI, and Catoosa, OK facilities to Exopack Holding Corp. (Spartanburg, SC), in a deal that it believes will satisfy a competitiveness requirement from the U.S. Dept. of Justice following its 2009 acquisition of Alcan Packaging Food Americas.

TPE North American resin pricing, June 7-11: PE down $0.01-$0.02/lb; PP off $0.02/lb; June contracts likely to settle lower

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2010

Market overview: Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices continued to fall last week, with PE dropping $0.01-$0.02/lb and PP down another $0.02/lb. After a two-month slide, monomer markets did find some stability, however, according to plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), with two-sided action seen. Overall spot resin supplies have improved and contract resin buyers will find "considerable relief" in June, according to TPE.

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