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Thermoforming: Kiefel sees upturns in packaging & automotive; medical never fell

By MPW Staff
Published: March 25th, 2010

Thermoforming machine manufacturer Kiefel had a tough 2009, but not as tough as it reckons its competitors did, and now its prospects are looking pretty good. That according to Thomas Halletz, managing director at the Freilassing, Germany-based company, spoke with MPW this week at the Medtec show in Stuttgart, Germany.

DSM Biomedical expands development for PUR medical implant grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2010

DSM Biomedical (Berkeley, CA) will expand business development activities in the U.S. and Europe for its polyurethanes portfolio for chronically implanted medical devices. Earlier this year, DSM Biomedical expanded the role of its business development managers in the U.S. and Europe, as well as an application development manager in Europe, to offer what it calls an improved level of on-the-ground technical assistance for customers. The expanded positions made all three responsible for business development activities and representation of DSM Biomedical's broader portfolio.

Injection molding: Mold-Masters expands global sales and service network

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2010

Barely a week after the announcement that it had begun operations at a new hot runner manufacturing facility in Coimbatore, India, hot runner systems supplier Mold-Masters  (Georgetown, ON) this week announced it also was expanding its sales and service organization in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

LATI launches line of PLA-based materials

By MPW Staff
Published: March 24th, 2010

Italian polymer supplier LATI Industria Termoplastici SpA (Vedano Olona, Italy) has launched the LATIGEA family of thermoplastic compounds based on bioderived-feedstock polylactic acid (PLA). The company says the compostable and biodegradable resin is obtained from renewable and sustainable starch sources, and that it's suitable for applications in a variety of markets, from electronics and home appliances to tools and furniture.

TPE North American resin pricing, March 15-19: PE eases but still up $0.18/lb in ’10; PP up $0.02/lb, April increase likely

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2010

Polyethylene (PE) spot prices eased about $0.005/lb last week, as overall spot supplies remained tight, but a few Generic Prime railcars began to surface. Michael Greenberg, CEO of the plastics spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE), described producers as “digging their heels in” to secure the March $0.06/lb cost-push price increase they put forward.

Bayer promotes PUR pultrusion through partnerships

By MPW Staff
Published: March 24th, 2010

"Polyurethane is the pultrusion resin of the future." That's the sentiment of Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane expert Harry George. "Polyurethane chemistry offers many benefits over the chemistries traditionally used in the pultrusion process." In support of the technology, and its material's use within it, Bayer has recently announced collaborative agreements with two pultrusion companies.

Work, studies continue to determine safety of nanotechnology

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 23rd, 2010

A recent poll at our website (results here) revealed that processors expect nanotechnology to be among the technological developments which will most impact the plastics processing industry, ahead of machinery developments and even legal issues. But in fact, nanotechnology remains a legal gray zone for many applications, which is why industry is working overtime to study these tiny particles' affects. 

Nano-enabled pharma packaging market to double by 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2010

A recent report from iRap Inc. says that, while nanotechnology is about very small materials, the impact it will have on pharmaceutical packaging will be very large, growing 16.5% annually, from 2009's $3.8 billion to $8.1 billion by 2014. Nano-enabled blister packaging alone will be a $2.1 billion market by then.

New mini grabs maximum attention at Arburg event

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 23rd, 2010

A new micromolding unit focused on the very tiniest of applications grabbed big attention at the annual Technology Days event last week at injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg. The three-day event in Lossburg, Germany at the company's HQ drew a crowd of more than 4100.

Vistamaxx targets film applications

By MPW Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2010

Enhanced sealability, improved adhesion, inherent elasticity, notable toughness, and broad polyolefin compatibility are just some of the benefits that ExxonMobil Chemical (Houston) says its Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers provide for flexible film.

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