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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.

SLA resin approaches true thermoplastic performance

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 7th, 2010

Rapid prototyping with Somos NeXt resin enables part designers to reproduce designs with an "unprecedented combination of stiffness and toughness which typically characterizes thermoplastics, yet with all of the high-feature detail, dimensional accuracy, and aesthetics offered by stereolithography."

Plastics supply news: Ticona acquires DuPont’s LCP and PCT businesses

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 6th, 2010

Plastics supplier Ticona (Kelsterbach, Germany) strengthens its portfolio with the acquisition of DuPont's competing liquid crystal polymer business, and also took over that company's PCT operations. Price of the purchase is not yet being revealed; DuPont's LCP and PCT ops brought in $40 million in 2009.

TPE North American resin pricing, April 26-30: PE down $0.01-$0.02/lb; PP falls $0.04/lb; ethylene in freefall; export window reopens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 6th, 2010

Overview: The spot resin market remained bearish last week, with prices still under pressure, according to Michael Greenberg, CEO of spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). While limited supplies have been made available, market participants believe more material could be pushed through if needed. On the basis of soaring feedstock costs, resin prices had shot higher through mid-April, but have since collapsed along with spot monomers.

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