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New SPE president, president-elect mark changing face of the group

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

Each year the Society of Plastics Engineers organizes its ANTEC conference, as it did this week, and each of these events also marks the start of the new SPE president's one-year term. Tradition continued at this week's ANTEC, but new is that the president is not from North America, and almost as novel is the age of the gentleman who will succeed him at the next ANTEC. The changes are a marked change from the group's legacy of presdients who have been mostly U.S. citizens and mostly middle-aged or a fair bit older.

Insulated pipe plant will be built in Saudi Arabia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

The board of directors of MFRI Inc. (Niles, IL) has given the go-ahead to its Perma-Pipe unit for a new insulated pipe factory to be built in Damman, Saudi Arabia. Development and operation will be handled by the company's Perma-Pipe Middle East subsidiary, which already has a pipe plant in the United Arab Emirates.

MicroGREEN ramps up commercialization with new capital, production, and raw material supply

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 19th, 2010

MicroGREEN Polymers (Seattle, WA) has secured financing and a raw material supply source as it works to commission a new production line and commercialize its patented solid-state microcellular expansion technology called Ad-air. On May 19, the company announced that its Series B round of financing had generated approximately $6.9 million, with investments from Waste Management, WRF Capital, Northwest Energy Angels, and other private investors.

Plastics packaging: Bioplastic handles the deep freeze

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 19th, 2010

Biodegradable plastics supplier FKuR claims it has introduced the first such material suitable for deep freeze packaging. A three-layer co-extrusion composed of two of FKuR's Bio-Flex biodegradable materials, both with food contact approved, is used. Film extruder and converter kobusch-sengewald and packaging machinery manufacturer Rovema were also instrumental in the development.

Custom molder investing in economic upswing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 19th, 2010

R&D Plastics LLC (Hillsboro, OR) reports that business is on the upswing with its customers and hence for this custom molder. “The downside has been the continued price increases that we are seeing from most of our material suppliers,” notes Rod Roth, president and partner in R&D Plastics.

Stretch-sleeve films agreement inked between CCL and Krones

By MPW Staff
Published: May 19th, 2010

Label converter CCL Industries signed a global licensing agreement with packaging machinery manufacturer Krones giving that company the right to market applicator machine systems for CCL's patented TripleS stretch sleeves for a one-time fee.

More bang for the buck

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 19th, 2010

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a growing industry as AM companies introduce new machines, new features, and new prices to make AM more affordable in the manufacturing arena. That was evident at Rapid 2010 as several companies debuted their new machines. Z Corporation introduced a rapid prototyping machine called the ZBuilder Ultra that it claims builds high-end functional prototypes at one-third of the price of machines with comparable performance. It will be available in July, says the company.

Report says Pactiv Corp. to be acquired by Berry Plastics owner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 18th, 2010

The Wall Street Journal is reporting a big packaging industry deal may be in the works, as the “largest leveraged buyout” in two years is set to put Pactiv into private hands: Apollo Global Management, owner of Berry Plastics Corp.

Triangle Tool Corp. takes home moldmaking honors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 18th, 2010

The Leadtime Leader Awards are presented to recognize outstanding mold manufacturing companies that have demonstrated an ability to be successful through their commitment to technology, innovation, growth strategies, and industry involvement. The Awards were presented at the PDx/Amerimold trade show held in Cincinnati, OH.

Medical plastics: Lab-on-a-chip projects count on plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 18th, 2010

Researchers from a consortium composed of European universities and small-to-large medical device developers and manufacturers are using plastics in various forms to create tiny lab-on-a-chip devices. Such devices could enable consumers, for example, to quickly analyze the risk of blood clots in legs prior to a long-distance flight, or warn pacemaker patients when electric smog levels approach dangerous levels. One of the project's goals is to use high-volume printing and plastics processes to ensure such devices can be made and marketed at a price attractive for consumers.

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