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Plastics supply news: Total adds C4 to its production mix

By MPW Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

With the start of its new ethylene cracker in Qatar complete, plastics supplier Total Petrochemicals has added butene linear low-density polyethylene (C4-LLDPE) to its portfolio and now offers the resin to Europe. The material could cause some problems for competitors, most of who rely on oil for feedstocks. Total derives its ethylene from less expensive natural gas.

Interactive materials marketplace helps engineers and resin suppliers connect

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 10th, 2010

A little over one year since securing its first outside funding and five months from launching its new Marketplace system, Inventables continues to redefine how material suppliers and buyers interact and how new materials, including plastics, are researched and sourced. Zach Kaplan, who co-founded Inventables.com in 2002 and has since bought out his partner, spoke with PlasticsToday about where the company stands now and the changes it's implementing for the site.

Plastics additives: PCC plans a new plant in California

By MPW Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

Plastics Color Corp. intends to open a fourth plant, this time in California. The new facility, scheduled to open this fall, will handle increased business from the food processing, medical device, medical packaging, and pharmaceutical businesses, according to the company. Sun Valley has an extensive manufacturing base and is home to plastics processors including Valley Manufacturing & Engineering, Exacta Plastics, Circle K Plastics, JB Custom Mold Manufacturing Inc., and more.

High-end PA captures memory card connector application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

Taisol Electronics, the second-largest memory card maker in Taiwan, was looking primarily for a material that would reduce warpage in its 5-in-1 memory card connectors, but liked how DSM's Stanyl ForTii included halogen-free flame retardance, and stiffness even at high temperatures, while reducing product cost to customers.

Recycling efficiency magnified with magnetic separator advances

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 10th, 2010

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has developed an innovative new design for its Magnetic Cross-Belt conveyor product line for continuous over-conveyor separation of ferrous materials that features structural enhancements, an improved magnetic deep-reach circuit, and tramp metal deflector shields that increase protection of the belt.

McCalmont takes over PTP’s three facilities

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 7th, 2010

Injection molder Premier Technical Plastics Inc.'s (PTP) three facilities in the U.S. are under new ownership following a management buyout led by Jim McCalmont, who had been president of PTP. The seller was global shipping power A. P. Moller - Maersk Group, which last December sold all of the operations of processor Rosti Technical Plastics (Larkhall, Scotland) outside the U.S.

Engineering resins to play starring role in next-generation hybrid, electric vehicles

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 7th, 2010

New automotive grade offerings in the Noryl modified polyphenylene oxide (PPO) and Valox polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) portfolios of Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) are designed to help automakers create alternative power train solutions by displacing weight and increasing performance for hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV) according to the supplier.

Plastics recycling: Standards being set for recyclate’s safety

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 7th, 2010

In a move designed to help plastics recyclers meet legal obligations established by the REACH regulations in Europe, four trade groups have joined forces to create a database of Safety Data Sheets for recyclate.

Entek expands sales reach into the UK, honored as a top Oregon employer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2010

Entek's (Lebanon, OR) replacement wear parts for twin-screw extruders will be serviced and sold throughout the UK by Magog, a Ware, Hertfordshire based manufacturer and refurbisher of screws and barrels. John Effmann, Entek's director of sales and marketing said the agreement with Magog was precipitated by increased demand for the company's replacement wear parts in the UK.

Train online to maximize electric injection machine performance

By Rob Neilley
Published: May 7th, 2010

Noting that electric molding machines have become the tools of choice for efficiency and more, but that there are some unique differences when processing on electric machines that a molder can take advantage, the well-known plastics training specialist A. Routsis Associates has released a new online training program called Processing with Electric Injection Molding Machines.

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