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Rising tide of demand lifts sales, profits at Borealis

By MPW Staff
Published: May 6th, 2010

The rising tide of renewed demand from a multitude of end-use markets has lifted another plastics supplier's boat, apparently, with polyolefins power Borealis announcing first-quarter results well above those of one year ago.

For the first quarter of 2010, the supplier recorded a net profit of €54 million, with sales hitting €1.412 billion, up €145 million over the fourth quarter of 2009. For the first quarter in 2009 Borealis had posted a net loss of €56 million.

MCSI Equipment now represents Eurotherm MACO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2010

Eurotherm has named MCSI Equipment as its representative for Eurotherm MACO Control Products and Services in Kentucky, Virginia, South & West Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

WOW winder delivered to Berry; will winding revolution follow?

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 5th, 2010

Nearing the commercial realization of a radically new concept in film winding, Gloucester Engineering's WOW winder is being installed at Berry Plastics film facility in Pryor, OK. According to Mark Jones, product group director flat die systems at Gloucester, the concept of a surface winding drum with individual turrets for each roll actually dates back to the middle of 2006.

Steinl injection unit can slash cycles on Engel elast machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2010

Injection molding system supplier Engel announced that its elast molding systems, available in horizontal or vertical configurations, now can be optionally delivered with an EF-E injection unit from German elastomer machine builder, LWB Steinl. The big benefit is a heating time reduction of up to 50%, especially with hot runner mold, and improved ergonomics.

Online part-cost estimator highlights recycled material savings

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 5th, 2010

Custom molder AGS Technology (Schaumburg, IL) has launched a do-it-yourself plastic part quoting module based on its Injectoblend line of recycled materials, hoping to show potential clients the cost benefits of its in-house compounded recycled plastic. The AGStimator program reportedly generates a quote in less than a minute once users enter a part number, tooling, annual volume, material type, part weight, molding machine size, number of cavities, cycle time, and labor/operator requirements.

Injection molding: Metalized IM labels find favor quickly

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 5th, 2010

New from inmold label printer Verstraete (Maldegem, Belgium) are metalized labels. At least two molders' customers already have specified the labels for their products—a paint tub and a storage container. The big fish still waiting to be landed is the cosmetics industry, but when MPW visited Verstraete last month it was clear that cosmetics' brand owners are very keen on IML and metallic labels. An article related to that visit is included in the May issue of the magazine.    

Names in the News: Polyzen, Teknor Apex, Cereplast

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2010

Medical device manufacturer Polyzen (Apex, NC) has named Richard Kindberg the company’s new president.  He assumes the position from Tilak Shah, who now will serve as CEO and Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

Conair says Novatec's patent infringement suit dismissed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2010

In a very brief press release, the Conair Group (Cranberry Twp., PA) announced that Novatec Inc. (Baltimore, MD) has dismissed its lawsuit against Conair. Originally filed in June 2009 in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania, the suit claimed that Conair had infringed Novatec's patented dual-flow drying technology. Both companies, says Conair, have agreed to dismiss any claims against the other related to the patent.

DecaBDE-free flame retardant line to expand

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 4th, 2010

Albemarle is looking to extend the product range of its new Earthwise GreenArmor flame retardant, specifically looking at products that enable high-gloss plastics in the electronics sector. Ray Dawson, Albemarle global director, product advocacy, told MPW that the flame retardant line, which was announced last December, is currently going through a process of intensive evaluation, with developmental quantities available for customers.

“Intelligent silos” keep close tabs on resin; Reimelt acquisition proving its worth

By MPW Staff
Published: May 4th, 2010

There was a time when the silos typically used at European plastics processing facilities to store pellets and granulate just outside a facility's walls were little different from the silos found on most farms. Those times are long gone, though, and that is made readily apparent in a new development from manufacturer Zeppelin (Friedrichshafen, Germany). Company officials say the development, and the firm's purchase last year of Reimelt Henschel, are giving it a much stronger footprint in the medical molding market. 

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