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KraussMaffei takes PUR pump production in house

By MPW Staff
Published: March 26th, 2010

KraussMaffei has brought the production of its polyurethane metering system pumps in-house, using the opportunity to change their design as well. KM's EcoStar, RimStar Compact, RimStar Modular, and MiniDos series, as well as its hybrid machines, will all be fitted with KM metering pumps, according to the company, with production to start in April 2010. Initially the pumps will be rated for 16 to 40 liters/minute, with sizes to be added to the portfolio over the course of 2010.

Middle East projects gains for 2010 chemical production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2010

After a 4.6% contraction in 2009, Middle Eastern chemical companies are forecasting global chemical industry output will increase 4.6% in 2010. Mohammed Al Mady, chairman of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Assn. (GPCA) and CEO and vice chairman of SABIC, told attendees at the group's annual meeting that he was confident the chemical industry's recent crisis was over.

GPEC weighs new dates, venue

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2010

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Environmental Division is weighing a change of venue and dates for its annual Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC). Held March 8-10 in Orlando this year at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center, the event drew roughly 300 attendees, according to conference chair, Mike Montpetit. That was down slightly from around 350 the previous year, when the event was also staged in Orlando but held immediately following the Plastics Recycling 2009 Conference.

Kautex extends KCC compact extrusion blowmolding line

By MPW Staff
Published: March 26th, 2010

Following the introduction of the KCC 10 D extrusion blowmolding machine at the show last year, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH will expand its series of compact machines with the introduction of the KCC 5 D system at Chinaplas 2010 (Shanghai, April 19-22; Hall E1, on Stand E41). The double-station machine is equipped with a triple-die head. Mold cavities on both sides allow it to produce twice as many articles as a conventional single-station machine, with virtually the same space requirement.

Medical packaging: “It’s all about compliance”

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 25th, 2010

Innovation, long the engine driving the plastics industry's expansion into new fields, is being stymied in the medical packaging market by new ISO regulation 11607-1-2006, which has in the past 18 months vastly increased the fear of the unknown (new material/additive/process) among processors serving the market. The ISO reg was mentioned in multiple conversations as a hindrance to innovation—or at least a governor on the speed at which innovation is adopted—within the medical packaging market.

Monomaterial packaging “yes,” bioplastics “no” at flex packaging processor

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 25th, 2010

When he talks to his customers, two clear trends have taken shape in the past 12 months, said Paul von Kirchbach, export manager, medical packaging at globally active flexible plastics packaging processor Kobusch-Sengewald. They are much more interested in monomaterial packaging than they were just two years ago, and they are keenly interested in bioplastics, he said.

Exatec forms Indian team for PC abrasion resistance

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 25th, 2010

Exatec, the Sabic Innovative Plastics' subsidiary responsible for development and marketing of polycarbonate window glazing systems, has formed a team at the supplier's R&D center in India to drive development of abrasion resistance and scratch resistance.

Molder takes a nifty turn to get around the gate

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2010

High-end injection moldmaker Zahoransky says it has developed a new gating system to help molders of long, thin, and tubular parts overcome the drawbacks of side gating systems.

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.

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