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Pasco Tool & Plastics receives Global Tooling Vendor award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2010

The reasons Pasco Tool & Plastics Inc. of Meadville, PA was awarded the "Global Tooling Vendor" designation by one of its long-term customers, Mine Safety Appliances, include its outstanding work in building high-quality molds, attention to detail, and excellence in customer service, said Ron Posego, project engineer at Pasco.

Cryogenic deburring, deflashing on the rise; supplier expands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 19th, 2010

Citing increased adaptation of its Nitrofreeze cryogenic deburring and deflashing services, the Cryogenic Institute of New England (CINE; Worcester, MA), has acquired a new, larger-sized, higher-capacity cryogenic system that will allow faster turnaround, larger lot sizes, and reduced cost.

Protective packaging demand to grow with economy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 19th, 2010

U.S. demand for protective packaging is forecast to climb 6.2% per year to $5.2 billion in 2015, reflecting an upswing in manufacturing output as the U.S. economy recovers from the recession that began in December 2007, said the latest study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

Plastics in automotive engineering: Holistic approach to saving weight in cars

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 18th, 2010

Interviews with a score of executives from around the plastics supplier universe at this week's "Plastics in automotive engineering" event made clear that, despite the tough knocks they have taken, all of their employers are continuing to pursue the automotive market with as much ardor as ever. The reason is clear.

Recovery underway, but previous peak in chemicals might not be recaptured until 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2010

Recent economic data make it "clear" that the U.S. recession that officially began in December 2007 ended a year-and-a-half later in the summer of 2009. After publishing its Year-End 2009 Situation & Outlook last November, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) says the economy's performance in the intervening months points to a definitive end to the longest recession since the Great Depression, with a V-shaped recovery currently in progress. As a result, the ACC anticipates 3.1% GDP growth in 2010 followed by 2.8% growth in 2011.

Swiss molder nabs energy award

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 18th, 2010

Injection molder Wild & Küpfer is the third winner of the Energy Efficiency Award presented each year by injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg to a processor that sets high standards in all aspects of energy efficient molding.

Photovoltaic installations hit record levels in ’09

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2010

Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) installations grew by 6% year over year in 2009 to a record high of 6.43 gigawatt (GW). Solar energy market research and consulting company, Solarbuzz, found that last year the PV industry generated $38 billion in global revenues and raised more than $13.5 billion in equity and debt, an increase of 8% from the prior year.

Sonoco Recycling in Charlotte to be full material recovery facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2010

Work that will total $2.6 million currently is in progress to transform Sonoco Recycling Inc.'s Charlotte, NC recycling center into a full-scale material recovery facility (MRF), which should be operational by early summer 2010. The center processes corrugated and other paper and flexible plastics (1-7).

Eastman acquires Genovique, adds non-phthalate plasticizer tech

By Tony Deligio
Published: March 17th, 2010

Saying the acquisition will make the company a global leader in non-phthalate plasticizers for both general-purpose and specialty markets, Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) announced its plans to acquire Genovique Specialties Corp. (Rosemont, IL), a producer of specialty plasticizers, benzoic acid, and sodium benzoate from its private equity owner, Arsenal Capital Partners (New York).

K Show tickets go on sale, online

By MPW Staff
Published: March 17th, 2010

You intend to attend the K Show this fall in Düsseldorf? Good idea. You have no doubt already booked your room, or are going to do that very, very soon. The K show runs October 27 through November 3, 2010, and organizer Messe Düsseldorf is expecting about 3000 exhibiting companies and a good deal more than 200,000 visitors. If you still need a room for the night, the regional restaurant and hotel association can help find one, two or 20.  

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