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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.

GM names Mann+Hummel supplier of the year for the 18th time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2010

General Motors began its Supplier of the Year Award as a global program 18 years ago, and this year the global automotive and mechanical engineering supplier Mann+Hummel Group was honored to receive the award yet again, for the 18th time.

Helix buys stake in Ireland’s VistaMed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2010

One year after establishing European headquarters for medical technology in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Helix Medical is broadening its reach into the continent through a 50% stake in VistaMed Ltd., an Irish manufacturer of medical devices components. VistaMed has two production facilities in Ireland and employs 85 with headquarters in Carrick-on-Shannon and a second, older facility in Rooskey.

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.

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