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Blowmolding: Graham moves into China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2010

With 80 plants in North America, Europe, and South America, and cumulative processing of more than 20 billion container units annually, Graham Packaging (York, PA) already is one of the world's largest packaging processors and top blowmolders globally. Now, with its announcement this week of its acquisition of a domestic processor there, Graham is extending its already considerable presence to China.

TPE North American resin pricing, March 29-April 2: PE, PP finish April higher; ethylene tops $0.70/lb and PP nears all-time high

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2010

Polyethylene (PE) spot trading was quiet at month-end before prices firmed $0.01/lb late in the week as April began and market participants saw yet another price increase on the horizon. Producers, pressured by rising monomer costs, successfully raised March PE contracts by $0.06/lb, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE).

Changing of the guard at AMBA

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2010

The American Mold Builders Assn. announced that Mike Armbrust, VP of Mako Mold Corp., has stepped into the position of AMBA president after serving the requisite two terms as the organization’s vice president. Armbrust will serve as the AMBA president for the next two years.

U.S. pavilions at K nearly sold out

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2010

With seven months until show time, American companies have already reserved 37 of the planned 45 U.S. Pavilion stands at the triennial K show (Düsseldorf, Germany; Oct. 27-Nov. 3). Pavilion sponsor, the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington DC) announced the numbers April 1. The pavilions include a site for machinery in Hall 13 and one for materials in Hall 5, and cover a total space of roughly 1000m2.

AMBA observing signs of recovery

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 6th, 2010

The Spring 2010 Business Forecast of the American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) reveals a hint of recovery as business upticks lend an air of hopefulness to this industry. The quarterly survey of AMBA member companies revealed that current business conditions once again improved slightly over the previous three months, with 7% of the respondents saying that business is “Excellent” – up a full percentage point from 6% of  respondents in the Winter 2010 survey, and putting that category back to where it was in the Fall 2009 survey.

WPC market set for big boost in South Korea

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2010

Korea’s Four Rivers Project to clean up major waterways across the country could boost demand for wood plastic composites (WPCs) according to industry sources. The $17.7 billion beautification project was inaugurated in 2009 as part of Korea’s economic stimulus initiatives and will run through to 2012.

KOPLAS: Korean all-electric opts for Austrian motion control

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2010

Woojin Selex (Incheon, Korea) has opted for a full-package motion-control solution from B&R (Eggelsberg, Austria) in its latest TE series of all-electric injection molding machines.

KOPLAS: Inline compounding-injection emerges from Korean source

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2010

The first such machine from Dongshin Hydraulics Co. (Busan)—combining a twin-screw compounding extruder and plunger injection unit that boasts a 24-kg shot weight and 2,500-tonne clamp force—is already in the field molding pallets from scrap polypropylene.

Walco adds Chem-Trend’s purging agents to its portfolio

By MPW Staff
Published: April 6th, 2010

Not long after switching from representing DuPont's to Chem-Trend's mold release agents for rotomolding, distributor Walco Materials Group (San Diego, CA) now also has added Chem-Trend's purging compounds to its portfolio. The move is a new direction and market for Walco but already is proving successful, according to Steve Levine, VP sales and marketing at Walco.

PlasticsToday Executive Roundtable: Beyond 'good enough'

By John Clark
Published: April 5th, 2010

A broad swath of 15 plastics industry suppliers participating in PlaticsToday's Executive Roundtable in Chicago last week agreed that the worst of the historic economic downturn is largely behind us. Their activity will bear that out. But they also cautioned that while the future is always (by definition) uncertain, the lessons of the immediate past can't be ignored by anyone who intends to stay in the game.

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