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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.  

Stretch film stretched to the max

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2010

Processors of stretch film can choose to go the cast-film route or employ a blown-film line but they can also make their product film go further via use of pre-stretch equipment.

Inorganic filler makes presence felt in film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2010

Calcium carbonate loadings of up to 50% are possible in a twin-head, three-layer (A/B/A) blown-film line from Kang Chyau Industry (Taipei).

Contour machining for complex molds

By IMM Staff
Published: March 17th, 2010

Chatter-free cutting, agility for high-speed/hard-milling, and accuracies for tight-tolerance blends and matches typical of complex, 3D contoured geometry associated with tool production are delivered in the latest vertical machining center offering from Makino (Mason, OH).

HPC planning massive PET recycling plant in California, and more to come

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 16th, 2010

Leon Farahnik is not one to rest on his accomplishments. Just last month he sold PWP Industries—one of the largest thermoformers in the U.S. and also a company he founded and ran—to Pactiv for about $200 million. Over the years he has also run almost every type of processing facility except for rotomolding and, he says honestly, done well by them. For many, now'd be the time to work on that golf handicap.  

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