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KraussMaffei boss optimistic about present and future

By MPW Staff
Published: June 11th, 2010

With the business year three-quarters over for plastics processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei (Munich, Germany), company CEO Dietmar Straub predicts turnover this year will be similar or slightly better than in 2009. Last year the company had a turnover of €742 million and Straub expects this year's could come up to about €750 million, he told the press this week at the company's pre-K2010 press conference in Zurich, Switzerland.

Tests show big savings possible on APET thermoforming

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 11th, 2010

Octal, a supplier of PET sheet founded in 2006 in Oman, and thermoforming machinery manufacturer GN Thermoforming Equipment say tests they've run using Octal's amorphous PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and GN's APET-specific thermoforming machinery prove that bottom-line savings can be significant for processors contrasted with standard APET sheet or RPET run on other makes of machine, especially ones that rely on radiant heating.

Masterbatch delivers chrome-like reflectivity to polymers

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 11th, 2010

A product called UltraChrome from Ampacet (Tarrytown, NY) is said to create visual excitement with a luxurious mirror-like finish that teases the traditional boundaries between polished aluminum, chrome, and plastic materials.

Second time's twice as nice: AdvantaPure expands cleanroom manfacturing again

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 10th, 2010

Demand for silicone molded products has increased for one molder, resulting in a major expansion of their production capabilities. More and more pharmaceutical companies are adopting single-use systems for their products to ensure manufacturing safety, thus increasing the demand for AdvantaPure's brand of silicone container closures, BioClosure Systems. As a result, AdvantaPure expanded its cleanroom manufacturing facility 18 months ago, and just completed a second expansion.

Massachusetts declines to intervene in JM Eagle lawsuit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2010

Massachusetts is the latest in a list of states to file papers with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles declining to intervene in a lawsuit against JM Eagle, the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, according to the company. The formal declination by the Massachusetts attorney general continues a pattern of developments that has undermined the lawsuit brought on behalf of a fired ex-JM Eagle employee by the law firm Phillips & Cohen LLP.

TPE North American resin pricing, May 31-June 4: PE down $0.01/lb; PP off $0.02/lb; after hitting the $0.70s, ethylene now lower in ‘10

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 9th, 2010

Overview: The slide in spot commodity resin prices that began in May continued into the first week of June, with the average polyethylene (PE) price shedding $0.01/lb and polypropylene (PP) prices giving back another $0.02/lb. Plastics spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that monomer costs also dropped, and market participants fully expect June resin contracts to settle lower.

PolyOne distributing Dow Corning silicones for healthcare sector

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 8th, 2010

PolyOne and Dow Corning helped give a rousing start to the opening day (June 8) of the Medical Design & Manufacturing East show in New York City by jointly announcing that PolyOne is now distributing Dow Corning's silicone products to healthcare device manufacturers and fabricators in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Plastics supplier Solvay ups ante in printed electronics market

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 8th, 2010

A business unit of plastics supplier Solvay has signed a commercial agreement with Thin Film Electronics ASA, a Norwegian company with a novel technique for producing rewritable memories printed on a commercial scale in a continuous roll-to-roll process. The agreement has Solvay Solexis marketing its newly developed Solvene polymer for applications in printed electronics with Thin Film.

Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. barometer remains optimistic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 8th, 2010

The May 2010 OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer shows that generally suppliers are optimistic about 2010, but they have learned some lessons from the 2008-2009 period. One of those is "to run lean and gain efficiencies" in both processes and operations. With production volumes up at the major auto makers, many are now starting to re-staff both in hourly and salaried positions, but doing so carefully. Most suppliers made "broad and deep reductions of salaries, bonus pools, 401(k) contributions, and merit pools," said the OESA report.

Major extrusion merger between Maag Pump Systems and Automatik Plastics Machinery

By MPW Staff
Published: June 8th, 2010

Maag is a leading supplier of gear pumps, filtration systems and screen changers, while Automatik is the leader in pelletizing systems for producing plastic pellets. Both companies will maintain their existing brand names for the time being, and their private equity owners will each hold a 50% stake in the combined firms.

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