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Engineering resins to play starring role in next-generation hybrid, electric vehicles

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 7th, 2010

New automotive grade offerings in the Noryl modified polyphenylene oxide (PPO) and Valox polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) portfolios of Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) are designed to help automakers create alternative power train solutions by displacing weight and increasing performance for hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV) according to the supplier.

Plastics recycling: Standards being set for recyclate’s safety

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 7th, 2010

In a move designed to help plastics recyclers meet legal obligations established by the REACH regulations in Europe, four trade groups have joined forces to create a database of Safety Data Sheets for recyclate.

Entek expands sales reach into the UK, honored as a top Oregon employer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2010

Entek's (Lebanon, OR) replacement wear parts for twin-screw extruders will be serviced and sold throughout the UK by Magog, a Ware, Hertfordshire based manufacturer and refurbisher of screws and barrels. John Effmann, Entek's director of sales and marketing said the agreement with Magog was precipitated by increased demand for the company's replacement wear parts in the UK.

Train online to maximize electric injection machine performance

By Rob Neilley
Published: May 7th, 2010

Noting that electric molding machines have become the tools of choice for efficiency and more, but that there are some unique differences when processing on electric machines that a molder can take advantage, the well-known plastics training specialist A. Routsis Associates has released a new online training program called Processing with Electric Injection Molding Machines.

SLA resin approaches true thermoplastic performance

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 7th, 2010

Rapid prototyping with Somos NeXt resin enables part designers to reproduce designs with an "unprecedented combination of stiffness and toughness which typically characterizes thermoplastics, yet with all of the high-feature detail, dimensional accuracy, and aesthetics offered by stereolithography."

Plastics supply news: Ticona acquires DuPont’s LCP and PCT businesses

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 6th, 2010

Plastics supplier Ticona (Kelsterbach, Germany) strengthens its portfolio with the acquisition of DuPont's competing liquid crystal polymer business, and also took over that company's PCT operations. Price of the purchase is not yet being revealed; DuPont's LCP and PCT ops brought in $40 million in 2009.

TPE North American resin pricing, April 26-30: PE down $0.01-$0.02/lb; PP falls $0.04/lb; ethylene in freefall; export window reopens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 6th, 2010

Overview: The spot resin market remained bearish last week, with prices still under pressure, according to Michael Greenberg, CEO of spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). While limited supplies have been made available, market participants believe more material could be pushed through if needed. On the basis of soaring feedstock costs, resin prices had shot higher through mid-April, but have since collapsed along with spot monomers.

Rising tide of demand lifts sales, profits at Borealis

By MPW Staff
Published: May 6th, 2010

The rising tide of renewed demand from a multitude of end-use markets has lifted another plastics supplier's boat, apparently, with polyolefins power Borealis announcing first-quarter results well above those of one year ago.

For the first quarter of 2010, the supplier recorded a net profit of €54 million, with sales hitting €1.412 billion, up €145 million over the fourth quarter of 2009. For the first quarter in 2009 Borealis had posted a net loss of €56 million.

MCSI Equipment now represents Eurotherm MACO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2010

Eurotherm has named MCSI Equipment as its representative for Eurotherm MACO Control Products and Services in Kentucky, Virginia, South & West Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

WOW winder delivered to Berry; will winding revolution follow?

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 5th, 2010

Nearing the commercial realization of a radically new concept in film winding, Gloucester Engineering's WOW winder is being installed at Berry Plastics film facility in Pryor, OK. According to Mark Jones, product group director flat die systems at Gloucester, the concept of a surface winding drum with individual turrets for each roll actually dates back to the middle of 2006.

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