Plastic pallet processor Cabka buys plastic crate developer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2011

Plastic pallet processor Cabka has acquired Austrian reusable plastics packaging developer Pack'nlog GmbH. Pack'nlog is a processor of folding plastic crates. Terms of the acquisition were not released.

Nature's brilliance meets industrial design for improved parts

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 1st, 2011

Processors of reinforced plastic parts long have known that the orientation of the reinforcing fibers is critical to the strength and durability of the final parts. Controlling that orientation presents one problem, but at a more basic level is trying to determine what orientation and mix of reinforcing material is necessary. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Mechanics of Materials IWM and for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT are working to answer this second question.

For plastics processors serving the E/E industry, there’s nothing like being there

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 1st, 2011

"There" is wherever the consumers are as regionalization becomes the new watchword for the E/E industry. That is according to a new study conducted to compare the relative attractiveness of Mexico and China as destinations for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) investment. According to the study, Mexico may be the preferred location for manufacturing of these devices if the market to be served is North America.

Were Coke's recycling efforts a victim of its own anti-deposit lobbying?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2011

It is difficult to find people in the plastics recycling industry who will criticize The Coca-Cola Company on record, but my conversations this week with a handful of plastics recyclers made clear they think Coke's much-hyped bottle recycling efforts in Spartanburg, SC, were done-in by the company's own lobbying against bottle deposit laws. The law of unintended consequences is in play, they say.

Engel opens expanded Indian sales and tech center

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2011

Engel has opened a sales and technical center in Mumbai, India, offering the burgeoning local injection molding and automation market machine demonstrations, customer trials, pre-production, and mold trials. The business, Engel Machinery India Pvt. Ltd. will be headed by Jitendra Devlia  and be located in a new and significantly larger space that's close to Mumbai International Airport in the Andheri East district of the city.

Catheter market grows, shifts to TPU

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2011

The global market for urological catheters is projected to surpass $3.0 billion by 2017, with an emphasis on materials technology to manage critical catheter-related issues such as thrombosis. That focus is pushing the market to shift towards using Carbothane, a family of aliphatic, polycarbonate-based thermoplastic polyurethanes supplied by Lubrizol, exploiting its improved strength, enhanced softness, and retention of large internal diameter, while displacing vinyl, silicone, and latex rubber.

Global efforts to tackle marine debris stepped up

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 30th, 2011

The plastics industry started to address the high profile issue of marine debris in a structured way through a gathering of global plastics industry associations at the K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany late last year. In March this year, a Joint Declaration on Marine Litter was inked at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii. Since then, 53 plastics associations worldwide have signed up to the Declaration , whose primary objective is to 'Contribute to solutions by working in public-private partnerships aimed at preventing marine debris.'

Corrugated pipe processor ADS plans more investment in the Midwest

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2011

Only days after it announced it would build a new facility in Iowa, corrugated plastic pipe processor ADS (Hilliard, OH) says it will invest $10 million at its facilities in the Midwestern U.S. Operations in North Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa all will benefit from the largess.

Product Watch: Novatec introduces PLC control system for centralized conveying systems, makes touchscreen standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 29th, 2011

Plastics auxiliary equipment manufacturer Novatec (Baltimore, MD) has begun marketing its new Novatec FXS (FlexXpand) programmable logic controls (PLC) to help processors keep track of plant-wide operations. In other news from the company, it has made touchscreens the standard interface on every NovaWheel model of resin dryer.

Flambeau’s latest addition provides new direction

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 29th, 2011

It's been said that a company is either growing or going away, but it's never standing still. Flambeau Inc., a member of the Nordic Group of Companies, has held to that adage throughout its successful 64-year history.

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