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“Film festival” serves as prelude to K 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 20th, 2010

Film processors bound this autumn for K 2010, the industry's leading tradeshow, may want to arrive in Düsseldorf a few days early to attend this plastic films conference. Now in its 25th year, the annual Specialty Plastic Films conference will be the showcase for several premiers, according to the event's organizers.
 

ACC changes economic indicator light from green to yellow amidst negative news

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

Following a week of negative reports, the American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, DC) economics and statistics department changed its banner from green to yellow when its running tab of positive indicators slipped to 11 out of 20. While news that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to a two-year low was positive, disappointing reports on retail sales, industrial production, trade, and the regional business surveys outweighed any optimism to be gleaned from that bright spot.

Sabic’s first-half income up 1159%

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

New capacity, revived demand, and the ability to benchmark against the historically terrible first six months of 2009, lifted Sabic Basic Industries (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) to net income in the first half of 2010 of SR10.45 billion ($2.786 billion), up 1159% compared to net income of SR0.83 billion ($22.1 million) for the same period in 2009. Net income for the quarter ended June 30, was SR5.02 billion ($1.338 billion) up 177% compared to net income of SR1.81 billion ($314.8 million) for the same quarter in 2009.

Injection molding machine sales in China up 9% in 2009

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

A new report from the firm Research in China (Beijing, China) shows that, even though the global economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 impacted injection molding machine sales worldwide, including the Chinese import/export business, Chinese domestic demand resulted in 2009 IM sales 9% above 2008's level. 

Post-industrial recycled polyamide to debut at K

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 19th, 2010

Automotive underhood applications are the target of a series of polyamide (PA) 6 grades derived from post-industrial recycled material that will debut from the end of 2010—with first commercial applications following in early 2011. The grades will officially debut at the upcoming K Show.

Line of sealing PET grades expanded

By MPW Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

Invista has added two new grades targeting low-melt applications to its sealing-grade (polyethylene terephthalate) PET polymers portfolio. Invista created Polyclear Seal PET 7001 and 7003 at the company's continuous polyester polycondensation pilot line in Gersthofen, Germany. Invista developed the grades in response to increased requests by customers who were interested in a polyester for fiber, film, containers, and engineering resin applications.

Award-winning molded metal parts cover wide range of applications

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 16th, 2010

Metal Injection Molding (MIM) has been catching on faster over the past decade in applications from medical and dental instruments, to aerospace and automotive parts. Let's see the winners from the Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition.       

In high growth mode, Cool Polymers relocates, expands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2010

Cool Polymers Inc. (North Kingstown, RI) has had significant increase in demand for its thermally conductive plastics and injection moldable metal alloys, enough to cause it to relocate its headquarters, R&D, and production from Warwick, RI to a new 40,000 ft2 facility that allows for a significant expansion of production capacity.

Thermoplastic silicone vulcanizate delivers performance in healthcare environment

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 15th, 2010

When it comes to medical devices, durability and usability rank high on the list of priorities for healthcare professionals. The silky feel and non-slip security provided by an overmolded layer of TPSiV thermoplastic silicone vulcanizate from Multibase USA (Copley, OH) delivers on both of these counts in the C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant developed by Motion Computing (Austin, TX).

Nova moves to secure ethane supply by pipeline from Hess

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2010

Polyethylene producer Nova Chemicals (Calgary, AB) says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hess Corporation and Mistral Energy to purchase ethane produced by Hess in North Dakota and transport it to its Joffre petrochemical complex in Alberta, Canada using a pipeline that will be built and owned by Mistral's affiliate Vantage Pipeline.

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