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Solvay taps Ashland for PPA distribution

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 12th, 2010

Plastics supplier Solvay Advanced Polymers named Ashland Distribution as its North American distributor for Solvay's Amodel-brand PPA, a family of semi-crystalline grades which bridge the cost/performance gap between polyesters and aliphatic nylons, and high-cost specialty thermoplastics such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK).

BEX and Cincinnati combine to form battenfeld-cincinnati

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2010

Forming what they say will be the largest supplier of pipe, profile, film, and sheet extruders, with manufacturing on three continents, Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik (BEX; Bad Oeynhausen, Germany), Cincinnati Extrusion (Vienna, Austria), and B+C Extrusion Systems (Foshan, China) Ltd. have combined. Instead of operating as independent entities of holding company BC Extrusion Holding, the companies united under the new brand, battenfeld-cincinnati, effective April 9.

Asian processors loading up on German-made machinery

By MPW Staff
Published: April 9th, 2010

The level of processing expertise is rising around the globe, as are the demands placed on plastics processors, so it should be little wonder that processors in fast-developing regions are stocking up on top-end machinery.

Monolayer PET jar cuts weight, filling time for tomato sauce

By MPW Staff
Published: April 9th, 2010

Predictive engineering software and a panel-less design have resulted in a polyethylene terephthalate jar for tomato sauce that is nearly 11% lighter than the existing PET jar and can be labeled and filled 25%. Created by Constar Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), the monolayer PET jar has been recognized with the 2009 Ameristar Award for Food Packaging.

ERP audit module automates standards compliance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2010

A new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software module helps manufacturers meet industry and corporate compliance measures, audit internal and external processes, and uncover areas for improvement.

Names in the News: New faces at Simona America, NPE2012, PSG, and Guill Tool

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2010

Joining semifinished thermoplastic products supplier Simona America (Hazleton, PA) is Matthew Curtis as its new product development and technical support services manager. Most recently he had been a product development engineer at MACtac in Scranton, PA.

The cars may die, but their polyamide won't

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2010

Polyamide supplier Rhodia (Lyon, France) is joining with Renault, INDRA SAS/Re-source Industries, Steep Plastique and Mann+Hummel to create a polyamide recycling channel for end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). The goal of the partners is to reach compliance with European regulatory requirements, which have set a minimum recycling and reuse rate of 95% for ELVs as of 2015.

Extrusion Q&A: Gear pump questions get answered

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 8th, 2010

More than 900 processors registered for our last Extrusion Expert webinar, and they brought their toughest questions with them. Engineering consultant Allan Griff, the star of the webinar series, fielded their questions with aplomb. Here we'll start sharing some of those answers, with more soon in upcoming articles.

Pipe scrap winds up as trash bags

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 8th, 2010

Europe's market leader in household disposables, CeDo, plans to take off-cuts and unused pipe scrap from pipe processor Radius Systems and incorporate this scrap into CeDo's EcoMin range of trash bags. These bags already are processed from agricultural film scrap; new and novel is the addition of construction scrap.

Date set for NPE2012 booth space drawing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2010

For companies that will exhibit at NPE2012, the show starts long before opening day. January 12-14, 2011 has just been set for the booth Space Draw by the show's organizer SPI, and naturally the drawing will take place at NPE's new venue-Orlando, FL. And there are several deadlines to be met before the drawing takes place. Read on.

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