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Taiwanese machine builders report surge in orders

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2010

Production of plastics and rubber machinery in Taiwan was down by over 30% in 2009 but the past three months has seen a surge in orders, with machine builders having to hire extra personnel to keep pace according to David Wu, chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Committee of the Taiwan Assn. of Machinery Industry (TAMI; Taipei).

It's a wrap, quick style

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 22nd, 2010

Fypon Ltd., manufacturers of decorative PVC millwork in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of America’s homes, just introduced its newest PVC Column Wraps. The PVC Unassembled Column Wrap now comes in an Economy Plain Style, in a kit that comes complete with the PVC shaft panels, base, cap, nailing blocks and installation cleats in one box. The kit is designed to save installers job-site installation time and effort, and list pricing starts at below $140 per kit, depending on the column wrap size required.

Medical packaging: Comar acquires Unicon

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2010

In 2007 it sold its glass vials business to focus on plastics devices for delivery of liquid medicines, and now Comar Inc. has expanded that plastics footprint with the acquisition of Universal Container Corporation (Unicon), which serves the pharmaceutical packaging market from its facility in Puerto Rico.

Plastics in E/E: Fujitsu launches injection molded bioplastic keyboard

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 21st, 2010

Just days after it announced the next phase in its Group Environmental Protection Program, information technology equipment provider Fujitsu this week introduced a computer keyboard on which 45% of the petroleum-based thermoplastics have been replaced by two plastics derived from renewable materials.

Automotive, infrastructure growth drive Lanxess expansion in China

By MPW Staff
Published: April 21st, 2010

Chemicals and plastics supplier Lanxess (Leverkusen, Germany) intends to increase its compounding capacity in China by about 50% as demand for its materials, especially from the country's automotive market, which is the world's largest, continues to grow.

Plastics packaging: versatile thermoformed clamshell nabs award

By MPW Staff
Published: April 21st, 2010

One of MPW's recently named Notable Processors, customer thermoformer Prent Corp. (Janesville, WI), has been recognized again, this time winning an AmeriStar Award from the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) for its "universal package." The new clamshell package is designed to help its medical device customers pack up to 35 different SKUs.

Names in the News: Engel’s Wobbe, Styron’s Pappas, CMT’s Conway, and De-Sta-Co's Nadel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2010

Hans Wobbe, longtime executive in charge of production at injection molding machinery manufacturer Engel (Schwertberg, Austria), is leaving the management of the company effective July 31, 2010 for personal reasons, according to an Engel press release. Wobbe, 57, was one of the key figures in the company's development of electrically powered presses and the integration of the company's global production locations to a production network in the course of the past six years.

Newly formed Patmian acquires Dickten Masch Plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2010

Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP), which operates two plants in Nashotah, WI, offering thermoplastic and thermoset manufacturing, and a third factory in Ankeny, IA that provides thermoplastic manufacturing services, has been acquired by a new privately held company, Patmian LLC, based in New York, NY.

The long and short of an 
unscrewing mechanism

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 20th, 2010

If necessity is the mother of invention, it surely applies to the PERC system. Its inventor needed a way to solve a huge problem for a customer—and invented it.

Unscrewing molds can be a bear to operate. Conventional unscrewing molds are hydraulically driven, and the number and size of the threads on the part dictate the number of revolutions the core must rotate before the mold can open. The number of rotations necessary then determines the length of the hydraulic rack and the size of the hydraulic cylinder.

TPE North American Resin pricing, April 12-16: PE, PP drop $0.03/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2010

Polyethylene (PE) spot prices fell and supply increased, with market sentiment shifting as spot ethylene prices exhibited weakness. Plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that PE prices on average gave back $0.02-$0.03/lb, erasing gains made earlier in the month. Although some spot railcars have been seen offered at prices equal to late March levels, producers are still seeking to raise April contracts by $0.05/lb.

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