Long-time American Mold Builders Assn. member Alan Petrucci wins award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 8th, 2011

Alan Petrucci was named the American Mold Builders Assn. Mold Builder of the Year at the group's just-concluded 2011 annual convention. The award was presented my Mike Armbrust, president of the AMBA. Petrucci has spent more than 53 years in the mold building industry beginning by working as a teenager for his father, Henry Petrucci, who owned Mirro-Brite, a mold polishing company. Alan began his apprenticeship as a moldmaker after graduation from high school at age 17.

Asian processors (and others) keenly interested in non-PVC film for IV bags

By MPW Staff
Published: March 8th, 2011

The open house held by blown and cast film line manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher during last fall's K show gave the manufacturer the chance to show off its new Aquarex blown film line, processing polypropylene for infusion bags. Interest was great, according to W&H officials during a meeting at their facility in mid-February, but especially so from a number of plastics film processors from Asia who attended the event.

Telles bags film customer, partner for its Mirel bioplastic

By MPW Staff
Published: March 8th, 2011

Tecnaro GmbH (Ilsfeld-Auenstein, Germany) will incorporate Mirel bioplastic into its Arboblend line of biodegradable thermoplastic compounds. Mirel, which is based on polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), is produced by Telles, a joint venture between Metabolix Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Extrusion veteran founds plastics recycling equipment firm

By MPW Staff
Published: March 8th, 2011

Sandy Guthrie is taking his 32 years of experience in the plastics industry and focusing it on a new venture, ADG Solutions, a company he founded to supply equipment for plastics reclaim and recycling. Depending on the equipment system, ADG Solutions serves as a distributor, importer, or manufacturer.

TPE resin pricing, Feb. 28-March 4: PE and PP up $0.03/lb; widening crude, natural-gas gap fuels N.A. exports

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 8th, 2011

Market Overview: High offer prices and reluctant buyers resulted in few spot resin deals being consummated for what was called a "challenging week" by spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Fresh polyethylene (PE) railcar offers were mostly priced up $0.08/lb, reflecting the increase sought for March. After dropping sharply in February, spot polypropylene (PP) railcars also jumped. The March polymer-grade propylene (PGP) monomer decrease came in lower than expected.

Nextlife’s post-consumer PP finds new life in housewares line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 7th, 2011

Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics supplier Nextlife will begin supplying its FDA-approved 100% PCR polypropylene (PP) for a new line of personal care, tableware, kitchen, and food-storage goods from Preserve Products. Preserve has built its business around reclaiming PP, SPI recycling code #5, a material many municipalities do not currently recycle, and transforming it into new Preserve products.

Milacron reorganizes plastics machinery sales structure

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 7th, 2011

Milacron Plastics Machinery has created a new global key accounts team and several new positions that it says are designed to give customers greater access to the company's technical knowhow. "For more and more customers, this expertise no longer lives inside their organizations, so it's more important than ever that they can tap into it in our company," explained Dave Lawrence, president of Milacron Plastics Machinery, in a press release.

Names in the News: Rexam Plastic Packaging, Sacmi, Reifenhäuser

By MPW Staff
Published: March 7th, 2011

The personal care division of Rexam Plastic Packaging has announced the hiring of Nathalie Nowak, who has taken on the position of global marketing and innovation director. In this role, Nowak will lead global projects to develop and support the division's growth in its core markets of packaging for cosmetics, toiletries and household care. She reports to Misha Riveros-Jacobson, the division's managing director, and will be based in Suresnes, France.

Maryland Plastics acquires Galaware portfolio

By MPW Staff
Published: March 7th, 2011

Just a few weeks after being named Large Company of the Year in the county where it is based, Maryland Plastics Inc. has grown even larger. The molder of a proprietary range of plastics cutlery, tableware, cups, serving dishes and more, has acquired most of the assets associated with Galaware, a competitor in this market.

Dow and Milliken team up for greater PP clarity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 7th, 2011

Dow random copolymer polypropylene (PP) has been paired with Milliken's Millad NX 8000 clarifying agent for a new family of PP promising good aesthetics, functionality, and operational efficiencies.

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