Genomatica a step closer to biobased butanediol for use in polyesters and polyurethanes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2011

Genomatica (San Diego, CA) successfully produced bio-based butanediol (BDO) in its first demonstration-scale fermentation, calling the achievement a "milestone on our rapid path to commercialization." Genomatica and its project partner, Tate & Lyle, utilized that company's 13,000-liter tank in Decatur, IL to produce BDO by using genetically engineered E. coli that metabolize sugar into 1,4-butanediol.

West plans second plastics molding facility in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2011

Medical device manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. has announced plans to open a second plastics processing facility in China, adjacent to the company's current one in Shanghai. The established site handles injection molding of devices for injectable drug administration; the new plant will be devoted to compression molding of stoppers for vials used to package injectable drugs.

Medical plastic films: Sartorius, Südpack Medica strike exclusive agreement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2011

The agreement, which initially is set for 10 years, brings together plastic film extruder Südpack and medical packaging converter Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) in an exclusive venture for the development, production and delivery of plastic films for the biopharmaceutical market.

Sabic, Montefibre sign carbon fiber production agreement

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 15th, 2011

Clearly many plastics suppliers are betting that carbon fiber demand will continue to grow. Last week Dow Chemical and Aksa announced they would set up a joint venture to manufacture and market carbon fiber and carbon fiber composites, and this week news comes that plastics and petrochemicals supplier Sabic has acquired a license for carbon fiber technology developed by Montefibre.

Reynolds outbids Silgan for Graham

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 14th, 2011

Graham Packaging Company Inc. (York, PA) will terminate its merger agreement with Silgan Holdings Inc. (Stamford, CT) and enter into a new binding written definitive agreement with Reynolds Group Holdings Limited, after that company offered a higher purchase price to Graham of $25/share.

TPE resin prices, June 6-10: spot PE down $0.02/lb; contract PP sheds $0.15/lb; “first bit of pricing power in ages” for buyers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 14th, 2011

Spot resin-trading activity picked up last week with a good flow of material seen at lower prices. Trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), reported that producers' second attempt to implement a $0.05/lb polyethylene price increase is on the ropes, and although not all producers have completely conceded, its prospects are looking dim.

Conformal cooling takes new twist

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 13th, 2011

The holy grail of molding is the rapid cooling of molds, and while several techniques have been tried (and some have failed) conformal cooling of molds is making some headway.

Mold maintenance programs can expand your business opportunities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 13th, 2011

Providing mold maintenance service means that mold manufacturers can extend their business further downstream and create new opportunities.

Karl Szanto, vp operations for Tech Mold Inc. once said, "The benefits of running a trouble-free mold are obvious; increased productivity and profitability are just the beginning. Good care, an aggressive preventative maintenance program, and a vigilant production crew are the keys to running a mold that will provide a long, trouble-free production life."

Baring all has its consequences

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 13th, 2011

Should moldmakers give away all their secrets to their OEM customers? How much is your intellectual property worth?

Tooling tech: New adaptive CNC control and pre-pocketed edge mold bases

By IMM Staff
Published: June 13th, 2011

Increasing productivity has been key to U.S. mold manufacturers' ability to compete with offshore companies. Suppliers to the mold manufacturing industry contribute to those efforts with new and improved technology to help their customers in the moldmaking business.

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