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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).

Blowmolding: PC-to-PET transition helps Siapi grow business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2010

Last year proved difficult or worse for many in the plastics industry, but stretch blowmolding machinery manufacturer Siapi (Treviso, Italy) reports it in fact grew the volume of its business by 17% in 2009. The company’s niche—machines for blowmolding large PET bottles—is benefitting from a number of trends including the transition from polycarbonate to PET for 5-gal water containers.

Bioplastics take root

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 29th, 2010

The bioplastics industry is entering a crucial phase in its development that NatureWorks President and CEO Marc Verbruggen believes will fundamentally alter their reach and future, with the potential to not only change what they’re used for but how they’re made.

Q1 earnings at Dow, ExxonMobil, and BASF point to global plastics demand growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2010

Year-over-year earnings reports show how far the global plastics industry has come since the start of 2009, with plastics titans Dow, ExxonMobil Chemical, and BASF showing double-digit gains in sales and volumes, even in Western economies that had heretofore lagged.

Steel prices set to climb on heels of deal

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 29th, 2010

CNBC.com reports that global steel prices are set to increase by up to a third as miners and steelmakers agreed to a ground-breaking change in the iron ore price system. The new deal will raise the cost of anything that uses steel, including molds. The deal by Vale of Brazil and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton with Japanese and Chinese mills marks the end of the 40-year-old benchmark system of annual contracts and lengthy price negotiations. The industry instead agreed to move to quarterly contracts linked to the nascent iron ore spot market.

Borouge breaks ground for Middle Eastern innovation center

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 29th, 2010

Giving a boost to R&D in the Middle East, polyolefins supplier Borouge broke ground for its new Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on April 27.

With a total investment in excess of US$70 million in equipment and facilities, the center will work together with the European innovation centers of Borealis as well as with local and international educational institutions such as the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi, to further develop the competence of polymer science in the United Arab Emirates. It is expected to be completed at the end of 2011.

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