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TPE North American resin pricing, August 2-6: PE up, PP steady; LDPE scarce

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

Overview: Spot resin trading continued to run at a "fast clip" last week, according to trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), with high volumes and sustained pricing strength. When polypropylene (PP) started showing strength in mid-June and polyethylene (PE) regained its footing in late July, it seems to have caught processors that expected continued declines off guard and now many are scrambling to fill holes in their inventory.

Rotomolding: Rotonics sells its tank processing division

By MPW Staff
Published: August 10th, 2010

One of the largest rotational molders in the U.S., Rotonics (Commerce City, CO), early this week announced the sale of its tank processing division to even-larger Norwesco Inc. (St. Bonifacius, MN) and Snyder Industries Inc. (Lincoln, NE). Norwesco and Snyder Industries are rotomolders; both are owned by private-equity company Olympus Partners.

Blowmolding: Graham buys Liquid Container

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2010

Plastics packaging major Graham Packaging (today, Aug. 9) announced it would acquire Liquid Container LP and its subsidiaries for $568 million, subject to certain adjustments. With the buy, Graham (York, PA) adds 14 blowmolding facilities in the U.S. to its portfolio, with those serving customers in the food and household markets. The processor, headquartered in West Chicago, IL, processes PP, PET, and HDPE.

Measure the thickness of multilayer film layers at 450 m/min

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 9th, 2010

Processors of multilayer blown film know it is critical to keep precise control of the thickness of the various layers of a film's structure, especially the costly barrier-material layers. A new measuring system is claimed to enable processors to measure these layers during processing, at output rates up to 450 m/min. 

Another acquisition as suppliers get ready for printable electronics

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 9th, 2010

The printable electronics industry is in its infancy but is expected to be worth tens of billions by the end of this decade, and plastics suppliers have been busily jockeying to acquire the technology needed to ensure their success in this rapidly expanding field.

Acquisitions in hand, Hahn continues growth plans

By MPW Staff
Published: August 9th, 2010

The manufacturer of assembly automation defended against the downturn of 2008/2009 by expanding, including two acquisitions of robot manufacturers, and now the company is pushing its internal growth with the expansion of its production capacity in its main plant in Germany and its site in Hebron, Kentucky.

SPI Processors Conference launches in November

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

SPI, the Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC), has let it be known that the organization's first Processors Conference will be held in Irving, TX, November 16-18, 2010, and that it has lined up key speakers on both business and technical topics.

The Business of Plastics Processing sessions will include such topics as mergers and acquisitions in the processing industry; resin trends and forecasting; and a business roundtable with real-time discussion.

Color concentrates supplier adds to its R&D muscle

By MPW Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

Color concentrates and additive masterbatches supplier Plastics Color Corp. (PCC; Calumet City, IL), continues its expansion with the opening of a new research and development facility at their campus in Asheboro, NC. The opening comes on the heels of accreditation of PCC's lab in Calumet City, IL by the American Assn. for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

Remember: Fair Trade starts with you

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2010

The 2010 Fall Conference of the American Mold Builders Association is being held in Washington, DC for the third year in a row, and every U.S. moldmaker is encouraged to take the opportunity to meet their elected officials and show them we are serious about the issues impacting American manufacturing, our industry, and our businesses.

With much-anticipated midterm elections looming in November, this is your prime opportunity to let your Senators and Representatives know what we expect them to do to support American manufacturing and small-to-medium businesses.

Compounder adds to acquisitions with a lease

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

Italian thermoplastics and elastomers compounder SO.F.TER. is leasing the P Group, a bankrupt Italian compounder of engineering thermoplastics. Later this year an Italian court will decide whether SO.F.TER., or other interested companies, can acquire it.

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