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Royal Plastics buys into laser sintering

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 2nd, 2010

Royal Plastic Manufacturing (Minden, NE) is noted for its manufacture of advanced composite products for the aerospace industry. Parts from Royal Plastic can be found on the space shuttle, Apache helicopter, F-15 and F-18 fighter jets, the V-22 Osprey and more. To expand its offerings, the company just purchased an EOSINT P 800 laser-sintering machine from EOS. Royal will use the P 800 to manufacture high-performance thermoplastic products out of EOS’ PEEK HP3 material.

Fiberforge opens Swiss office, leverages European thermoplastic composite interest

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2010

Advanced thermoplastic composite company Fiberforge Corp. (Glenwood Springs, CO) has opened an engineering and sales office in Baar, Switzerland, saying it hopes to tap into Europe's world-leading adoption of thermoplastic composites in the automotive, aerospace, and renewable energy industries.

Plasma system helps reduce CoF on medical parts and more

By MPW Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2010

A new addition to Plasmatech's line of low-pressure gas plasma systems is designed to help processors of medical parts reduce tackiness, or drag, of rubber and elastomeric surfaces. Called the AL400-D GAS plasma system, it deposits a lubricious, low-coefficient-of-friction (CoF) coating on bulk medical components. The coating also repels lint and other contaminants on silicone components. Coating thickness is typically under a micron and does not affect the physical or bulk properties of the material.     

Unprecedented realignment underway in global petrochemicals

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 1st, 2010

Traditional oil majors pushed to the sidelines, rising "petronationalism," and the increasing importance of the developing world both for its resources and market potential are just some of the factors reshaping the global energy industry and its downstream accompaniment—petrochemicals and plastics.

Ouch! Price hikes aplenty

By MPW Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

It is hardly a complete list as there no doubt are more price hikes, announced and unannounced, that we may have overlooked, or ones still to be announced. Here, though, is a roundup of at least some of the announced price increases for plastics. Even if your material isn't mentioned, the trend is broad-based and clear as polycarbonate: prices will rise.

Solo buys InnoWare Plastic for $24 million

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

Solo Cup Company (Lake Forest, IL) has acquired take-out container manufacturer InnoWare Plastic Inc. (Thomaston, GA) in a stock-purchase agreement valued at $24 million. Solo, which manufactures single-use products to serve food and beverages, purchased the maker of disposable foodservice products from its private equity investor, Norwest Equity Partners (Minneapolis, MN).

Sabic plans new POM plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) has signed an agreement with Celanese Corp., parent of plastics supplier Ticona, for the construction of a 50,000-ton/yr polyacetal (POM) production facility at Sabic affiliate National Methanol Co.'s complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

Sabic owns half of National Methanol while Celanese and an affiliate of Duke Energy Corp. each hold a 25% stake in it. Total invested capital in the project is expected to be around $400 million.

Recycled plastic meets coffee shop

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

Re-worked, a London-based industrial design and product development enterprise, has designed a range of tables and chairs using plastics recovered from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plus post-consumer waste, with spent coffee grounds added to give the material the aroma of a fresh cappuccino.

Steve Braig will lead Trexel Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2010

As Steve Braig left his post as CEO of molding machine/automation maker Engel North America (York, PA), it was announced that he will be taking the position of president/CEO of Trexel Inc. (Woburn, MA) effective April 19, 2010. David Bernstein, who has led the microcellular foam technology firm since its founding, will continue as a member of the Trexel board of directors.

Michigan moldmaker takes home top AMBA honors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2010

The American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA), the only industry trade association dedicated exclusively to U.S. mold manufacturers and their suppliers, awarded the Mold Builder of the Year to Andrew Baker, project manager for Byrne Tool & Die Inc. in Rockford, MI. Baker received the award at the AMBA Annual Convention held March 24 in Orlando, FL.

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