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Supply, purchasing execs: Manufacturing growth to continue in 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM; Tempe, AZ) announced that, based on its semiannual survey of purchasing and supply executives, its spring 2010 Semiannual Economic Forecast shows that manufacturers’ net revenues are expected to rise 6.3% this year.

Cereplast plans commercial algae-based resins by year-end

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Calling it a breakthrough technology that could replace 50% or more of the petroleum content in traditional plastic resins, bio-based polymer maker Cereplast Inc. said its program to develop a new family of algae-based resins is progressing well, and that it expects to offer the first grade of Cereplast Algae Plastics for commercial use before the end of 2010.

Constar’s CEO resigns, stock to once again be listed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Michael J. Hoffman has resigned as president, CEO, and director of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) blowmolder Constar International Inc. (Philadelphia). Board director member Ruth J. Mack will serve as interim president and CEO while the board searches for a permanent replacement.

Carbon nanotube composite polymer shapes take on metal

By MPW Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Manufactured with a proprietary technology that's said to enhance the dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT) in the polymer, a new line of extruded stock-shape plastic products reportedly offer improved mechanical strength, higher operating temperature, high dimensional stability, quality aesthetics, and homogenous controlled electrical conductivity for greater electro-static discharge (ESD) performance.

Elevance expands, completes toll run

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has expanded its office and lab facilities in Bolingbrook, IL to accommodate a 54% increase in staff since September 2008. Developing a proprietary bio-refinery technology, Elevance has expanded its building footprint by 28%, including an additional 700 ft2 of lab space and more than 35 feet of hood space.

Mack Molding stacks its management deck

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 30th, 2010

The retirement of Bruce Bixler, a 36-year employee of Mack Molding who headed up purchasing, started a reorganization of the company's senior management that includes adding some new staff, but mostly taps internal talent. Net result: 80 years of plastics expertise moves into leadership positions.

Jeff Somple, president of Mack's Northern Operations based in Arlington, VT, announced the changes, saying, "I'm thrilled to be able to fill these openings from within the company, and look forward to the contributions that I know each will make in the coming years."

How to connect young people with manufacturing careers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 30th, 2010

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers SME Education Foundation, working with two other groups, created and supports an attractive website aimed at tech-savvy high school and college-age youths and loaded with information about well-paying manufacturing careers and how to get into them.

Another pol signs up for manufacturing lesson

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2010

Diversified Plastics Inc. in Brooklyn Park, MN, gave a tour of its facility to U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) of Minnesota’s Third Congressional District, on Friday, April 9. The purpose of his visit was to learn about the challenges affecting small businesses, discuss business issues directly with senior management and shop floor employees, and take these personal stories back to Washington DC.

Bio-based polyamide debuts at Chinaplas

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 30th, 2010

Rhodia Polyamide (Lyon, France) chose the venue of Chinaplas to unveil its latest polyamide offering: the Technyl eXten range of polyamide 6.10 resins that are derived in part from castor oil. It also gave a name to its previously announced range of materials for fuel containment jobs: Fuel’In by Technyl

Psssst….you can blowmold PPS for high-heat auto applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 30th, 2010

Automakers have one more option when it comes to vehicle lightweighting with the debut of a new blowmoldable grade of heat-resistant polyphenylene sulfide (PPS).

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