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.

SPI's campaign to help New Zealand quake victims seeks funding

By Rob Neilley
Published: March 4th, 2011

The SPI's response to a call for earthquake relief help from the Plastics New Zealand association, specifically for portable toilets, has made real progress, and SPI now is appealing to the U.S. plastics industry to help fund the effort.

Larger PET wine bottles take flight

By MPW Staff
Published: March 4th, 2011

Consumer interest in beer bottled in PET has been, yes, pretty flat, but plastics’ use in wine packaging is truly starting to take flight. Proof positive comes out of the blowmolding facilities of Amcor, which has begun supplying 1L bottles to Societe de Vin Internationale LTEE, a Canadian supplier of alcoholic beverages.

Blowmolding tech pushes plastic fuel tanks into hybrids

By MPW Staff
Published: March 4th, 2011

A new manufacturing process allows hybrid-electric vehicle manufacturers to replace current steel designs with quieter, lighter, low-emission plastic tanks, pushing plastic into a market space that it previously couldn't serve. TI Automotive says the product is made possible by its Tank Advanced Process Technology (TAPT), which is based on traditional blowmolding, but with several tooling enhancements.

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