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TPE North American resin pricing, May 3-7: PE, PP prices steady; is a drop in May contracts to come?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 12th, 2010

Overview: Steady prices and an easing of spot-offer flows characterized the North American resin market last week, after an extended run of sharp, downward pressure. Michael Greenberg, CEO of plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), said the spot monomer markets bounced a bit after a precipitous drop during the last part of April. As U.S. resin prices fall, the export market has once again become active.

Cereplast announces Malaysian distribution partner, earnings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 12th, 2010

Cereplast's (El Segundo, CA) bio-based plastics will now be available in Malaysia through an exclusive distribution agreement with CRS Technologies Sdn. Bhd (Kuala Lumpur). This move follows the company's entrance into southern China in April when it signed on S&P Sourcing Co. Ltd. out of Hong Kong to distribute its bio-based resins in the region. S&P operates a manufacturing and distribution facility in Shenzhen, called Vulcan Plastics Technology Co. Ltd.

Plastics in automotive: Warm welcome for Varysoft molding technique

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 12th, 2010

Injection molder Muffler-Plastic tooled out one of its Krauss-Maffei presses with a mold from Swiss moldmaker Georg Kaufmann Formenbau to demonstrate to automotive industry experts the Varysoft technique for back molding of decorative films onto a soft-touch foam. The technology is expected to see use in interior trim, armrests and maybe much more.

Three join the ranks of Plastics Pioneers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 11th, 2010

There are three new members of the Plastic Pioneers Association: Glenn Anderson Jr. of Milacron, Al Hodge of R&B Plastics Machinery, and Dennis Richmond of Nypro Inc. The announcement was made by PPA president Vince Witherup.

Anderson is VP/general manager for North America injection molding and global extrusion business at Milacron. Prior to his more than 20 years with that company, he was with Sterling Extruder. He is a member of SPE and SPI, and in the latter is vice chair of the Equipment Council and a member of the NPE 2012 Executive Committee.

Film insert molding demonstration

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 11th, 2010

Mastercraft Companies’ Polycraft Industries division will showcase its Film Insert Molding capabilities along with Hytech Forming Systems (USA) Inc., a Phoenix-based IMD (in-mold decorating) and FIM (film insert molding) equipment and tooling supplier, at an open house on Friday, May 21. Mastercraft and Hytech have been working together on a new FIM product for a customer of Mastercraft’s.

Colored medical grades boast superior color accuracy, surface quality

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 11th, 2010

Specifically formulated for precision catheter components, custom colored medical grade polymers from PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) claim superior color accuracy and surface quality as compared to traditional generic color concentrates.

Plastics supply news: Total adds C4 to its production mix

By MPW Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

With the start of its new ethylene cracker in Qatar complete, plastics supplier Total Petrochemicals has added butene linear low-density polyethylene (C4-LLDPE) to its portfolio and now offers the resin to Europe. The material could cause some problems for competitors, most of who rely on oil for feedstocks. Total derives its ethylene from less expensive natural gas.

Interactive materials marketplace helps engineers and resin suppliers connect

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 10th, 2010

A little over one year since securing its first outside funding and five months from launching its new Marketplace system, Inventables continues to redefine how material suppliers and buyers interact and how new materials, including plastics, are researched and sourced. Zach Kaplan, who co-founded Inventables.com in 2002 and has since bought out his partner, spoke with PlasticsToday about where the company stands now and the changes it's implementing for the site.

Plastics additives: PCC plans a new plant in California

By MPW Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

Plastics Color Corp. intends to open a fourth plant, this time in California. The new facility, scheduled to open this fall, will handle increased business from the food processing, medical device, medical packaging, and pharmaceutical businesses, according to the company. Sun Valley has an extensive manufacturing base and is home to plastics processors including Valley Manufacturing & Engineering, Exacta Plastics, Circle K Plastics, JB Custom Mold Manufacturing Inc., and more.

High-end PA captures memory card connector application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

Taisol Electronics, the second-largest memory card maker in Taiwan, was looking primarily for a material that would reduce warpage in its 5-in-1 memory card connectors, but liked how DSM's Stanyl ForTii included halogen-free flame retardance, and stiffness even at high temperatures, while reducing product cost to customers.

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