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Plastics packaging: versatile thermoformed clamshell nabs award

By MPW Staff
Published: April 21st, 2010

One of MPW's recently named Notable Processors, customer thermoformer Prent Corp. (Janesville, WI), has been recognized again, this time winning an AmeriStar Award from the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) for its "universal package." The new clamshell package is designed to help its medical device customers pack up to 35 different SKUs.

Names in the News: Engel’s Wobbe, Styron’s Pappas, CMT’s Conway, and De-Sta-Co's Nadel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2010

Hans Wobbe, longtime executive in charge of production at injection molding machinery manufacturer Engel (Schwertberg, Austria), is leaving the management of the company effective July 31, 2010 for personal reasons, according to an Engel press release. Wobbe, 57, was one of the key figures in the company's development of electrically powered presses and the integration of the company's global production locations to a production network in the course of the past six years.

Newly formed Patmian acquires Dickten Masch Plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2010

Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP), which operates two plants in Nashotah, WI, offering thermoplastic and thermoset manufacturing, and a third factory in Ankeny, IA that provides thermoplastic manufacturing services, has been acquired by a new privately held company, Patmian LLC, based in New York, NY.

The long and short of an 
unscrewing mechanism

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 20th, 2010

If necessity is the mother of invention, it surely applies to the PERC system. Its inventor needed a way to solve a huge problem for a customer—and invented it.

Unscrewing molds can be a bear to operate. Conventional unscrewing molds are hydraulically driven, and the number and size of the threads on the part dictate the number of revolutions the core must rotate before the mold can open. The number of rotations necessary then determines the length of the hydraulic rack and the size of the hydraulic cylinder.

TPE North American Resin pricing, April 12-16: PE, PP drop $0.03/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2010

Polyethylene (PE) spot prices fell and supply increased, with market sentiment shifting as spot ethylene prices exhibited weakness. Plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that PE prices on average gave back $0.02-$0.03/lb, erasing gains made earlier in the month. Although some spot railcars have been seen offered at prices equal to late March levels, producers are still seeking to raise April contracts by $0.05/lb.

Herzog expands its North American reach

By MPW Staff
Published: April 20th, 2010

Just 18 months after expanding its market presence into the United States, Herzog Injection Technology Inc., a leading manufacturer of shut-off nozzles for injection molding, has named another sales representative company in North America to help it spread even further.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag shifts German sales and distribution network

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 20th, 2010

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH (Schwaig, Germany) has relocated its northern sales and distribution center from Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia to its center of excellence in Wiehe, Germany, just over 300 km to the east. In the future, all higher-level marketing and service activities will be coordinated from that location for the German states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Bremen, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony.

Volcano keeps Europeans away, but Chinaplas opens on high note

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 19th, 2010

The thousands of European plastics processors, and employees from exhibiting suppliers, who usually attend Asia's largest plastics tradeshow almost certainly won't arrive before the show is over, but Chinaplas officials say they still expect record attendance at the show this week. The show opened on Monday, April 19 and runs through this Thursday.

Plastics extrusion: Embossed microstructures offer decorative effect options

By Robert Colvin
Published: April 19th, 2010

Film or sheet requires a lotus look, sharkskin effect or something more? Better temperature control of chill and embossing roll surfaces could soon help extrusion processors add even more value to their products. The recent biennial plastics technology colloquium conducted by Germany's Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV; Aachen) provided a number of presentations targeting extrusion difficulties and possible methods to circumvent them.

Blowmolding: Returnable PET 5-gal containers take the heat

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 19th, 2010

Riding on the BPA debate, blowmolding machinery manufacturer Nissei ASB Machine Co. (Komoro, Japan) is promoting returnable 5-gal PET containers as an alternative. "Even if science finally says 'no problem,' public opinion may have already decided against PC for water bottles," note officials there.

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