Röchling Automotive adds injection molding site in Akron

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 25th, 2011

Röchling Group's (Mannheim, Germany) automotive business will build its seventh U.S. manufacturing site in Akron, OH to support customers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. Investing "double-digit millions" in the plant, Röchling says the finished campus will include production and storage facilities covering a total of 75,000 ft2.

X-Cell Tool and Mold expands capabilities, collaborates with Penn State students

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 25th, 2011

X-Cell Tool and Mold Inc., an Erie, PA-based custom manufacturer of tight-tolerance molds for the connector and medical industries, has expanded its capabilities and increased the number of employees over the past year. In February, 2010, X-Cell hired Mark DeHaven as the company’s VP of sales and marketing.

Low-cost blowmolding unit set to accelerate all-electric adoption

By MPW Staff
Published: February 25th, 2011

Magic MP (Monza, Italy) is debuting the first of a new series of all-electric continuous extrusion blowmolding machines at the Cosmosprof show in Bologna March 18-21. Priced on a par with the company's hybrid models, the OEM believes the new series will accelerate the shift to all-electrics.

Surge in demand keeping extruder manufacturers busy

By Matt Defosse
Published: February 24th, 2011

Visits last week to some of the leading European manufacturers of extrusion machinery made clear this segment of the plastics industry has bounced back strongly from the 2009/2010 recession. Time on these companies' in-house lines for processor's trial runs is booked for most of the year, and new halls for machinery assembly are being built at W&H and SML.

Plastics recycler MBA wins $15 million investment, plans expansions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 24th, 2011

Post-consumer plastics recycler MBA Polymers (Richmond, CA) has secured $15 million of additional equity funding from Italian private equity company, Ambienta SGR, with plans to use the money to build new factories in Europe and Asia. As part of the investment, Ambienta founding partner and CEO Nino Tronchetti Provera has been named to MBA's board of directors.

UPDATED: CVG breaks ground on Mexican plant to supply Daimler Trucks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 24th, 2011

Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. (CVG; New Albany, OH) broke ground on a new 159,550-ft2 production facility in Saltillo, Mexico, as part of an agreement with Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) to provide parts for its manufacturing operations in Saltillo and Santiago, Mexico and three facilities in the U.S.

We can help New Zealand: portable toilets needed urgently

By Rob Neilley
Published: February 24th, 2011

The Plastics New Zealand group has reached out to America's SPI for some much needed help in coping with their devastating earthquake. Urgently needed now are portable toilets. If you make or distribute them, or know where some are available, please contact SPI President Bill Carteaux at this email address. Bill is coordinating this effort, including rapid transportation to New Zealand. The first step is to find out how many are available and where they are. 

Bioplastic film update: Lakeside chooses Mirel; Biodegradable versus “standard-but-sustainable”; Free webinar to answer your questions

By Matt Defosse
Published: February 24th, 2011

There is rapid growth in the market for extrusion of bioplastic film, with consumers' interest in sustainability helping push the trend. Where the trend is not moving quickly enough for some governments, legal decisions are being made to propel the transition from petrochemicals to plastics based on renewable materials.

Plastic additives: Non-phthalate plasticizer expansion complete at Eastman, coming at Oxea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 24th, 2011

Alternatives to phthalate plasticizers for polyvinyl chloride are in demand, and suppliers are reacting swiftly. This week, plastics and chemicals supplier Eastman announced it had completed expansion of its capacity for these additives, and Germany's Oxea says it is expanding capacity at an existing line while also starting construction on a new one. Plasticizer demand globally adds up to about $9 billion per annum, according to some published estimates, with the fastest growth for these non-phthalate products.

Tech Molded Plastics invests, expands, impresses senator

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 23rd, 2011

On Feb. 22, newly elected U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) visited Tech Molded Plastics Inc., a custom molder in Meadville, PA, to tour the company’s high-tech operation and discuss economic and political conditions that triggered the recession. Scott Hanaway, president and CEO of Tech Molded Plastics, had a lot to show the senator.

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