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Cereplast signs with Ashland for North American distribution

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) has entered into a distribution agreement with Ashland Distribution to supply its bioplastic resins throughout Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. A company representative told PlasticsToday that in the past sales in those geographies were handled directly by three regional directors. The company estimates that the North American region accounts for about 60% of its sales.

New Quality Standard enters AM fray

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

EOS, a leading manufacturer of laser-sintering equipment for additive manufacturing or “e-Manufacturing” processes has launched the EOS Quality Standard, an initiative of the EOS e-Manufacturing partner program that is open to, and beneficial for, all customers. The purpose of the program is to define a package of requirements that guarantees the high quality of e-Manufacturing parts and services, said Claudia Jordan, group manager Marketing Communications for EOS.

We're going metric?

By IMM Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

DME Company announced the newly expanded line of mold components with the addition of Black and Gold Interlocks in metric sizes, due to customer demand. The Black and Gold interlocks ensure accurate alignment and guidance of the mold halves during mold setup and throughout mold operation.

Names in the News

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

Leaving injection molding machine manufacturer Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH (Schwaig, Germany) is Markus Schiefer, who resigned with immediate effect from the company’s management board. Schiefer had been with the company since 2003 and had been working as its CFO. Schiefer’s tasks now will be handled by the company’s COO, Shaun Dean, so that the management board consists of CEO Tetsuya Okamura and Dean.

Chemtura hopes to file reorganization plan by June 17

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 26th, 2010

Still in ongoing discussions with creditors to reach a consensual Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, Chemtura said it is finalizing an agreement with a group of bondholders on confidentiality terms that will allow its largest bondholders to engage in direct negotiations with Chemtura.

New paper-based NYMEX contracts launched for HDPE, LLDPE

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 26th, 2010

Against the backdrop of resin markets that continue to exhibit wild fluctuations, the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) launched a paper, or swap, market offering contracts for blowmolding-grade high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and film-grade linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), complementing the physical cash-settled contracts the exchange introduced in November 2009 for polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE).

NSF International joins green-claims testing with accreditation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 26th, 2010

NSF International, a leading provider of sustainable business solutions, has earned its accreditation from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) to test plastic materials and products for compostability. NSF’s Sustainable Services group verifies environmental claims for consumer products, which includes certification for green chemicals, sustainable furnishing and building materials, and testing to verify energy efficiency.

Plastics additives: Color concentrates available for widely used bioplastics

By MPW Staff
Published: May 26th, 2010

A supplier of color concentrates, Teknor Color Company (Pawcatuck, RI), is putting significant effort into its support of processors of bioplastics, both by offering its own bioplastics-based compounds and, now, also offering colorant concentrates whose carriers are suitable for use with all four of the most widely used types of bioplastic.

Robots & automation: Denso claiming speed record, other breakthroughs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 26th, 2010

Although they won't see commercial introduction until this November and are scheduled for their first tradeshow appearance next month, a new range of 6-axis robots already is being hailed by this manufacturer as the fastest and slimmest of their class.

TPE North American resin pricing, May 17-21: PE steady; PP drops again; May contracts move lower

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 25th, 2010

Overview: The spot resin markets were mostly steady to lower last week, with higher volume offers consolidating toward the price range's bottom end. Spot monomers continued to recover from their precipitous fall in previous weeks, while resin exports were inconsistent, with uncertainty fueled by volatile world markets and renewed economic jitters.

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