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July 2016

Close-Up on Technology

PP Recycling Provides New Life for Keurig K-Cups
Premium coffee maker to shift from multi-layer pods to single-layer polypropylene later this year as demand for recycled PP soars.

Two-Shot Molding Helps Make Reshoring Cost-Effective
With help from labor-saving technology, a maker of children’s dinnerware finds a ‘Made in USA’ solution to quality & delivery issues.

Processor's Edge

Random Color-Infused Masterbatch Boosts Demand For Molded Mini Discs
Zing Mini’s colorful new lineup allows mini-disc golfers to have unique discs.

Know How

EXTRUSION: Better Mix In Means Better Mix Out
Segregation or de-mixing of polymers and additives can be a big problem in single-screw extrusion. Here’s why it happens, and how to fix it.

INJECTION MOLDING: How Different Machine Types Handle Fill and Pack/Hold Times
The procedures are different between series and parallel machines. What type do you have? How can you tell? Here’s what you need to know.

TOOLING: Let’s Get Serious About Mold Cooling
Cooling is crucial to the molding process yet frequently overlooked. Here are some insights to consider.

Starting Up

3D Printed PEEK-Based Composite Pipe for Subsea Oil & Gas Use
Magma Global's flexible m-pipe technology used for the largest and longest Victrex-based PEEK structure achieved to date.

Arkema & HP to Collaborate on Additive Manufacturing Materials Development
The collaborations involves HP's new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology and Arkema's engineering resins.

Boston Matthews Adds New U.S. Sales Manager
Matthew Brown will be responsible for the machinery sales and coordination of the company’s network of sales representatives for the U.S. and Canada.

Braskem Expands R&D Capabilities for UHMWPE
This in keeping with its new UHMWPE plant slated for startup in fourth quarter.

Chase Expands Space and Capacity of its Administrative and Warehouse Sites
Plastics distributor Chase Plastic Services Inc. has completed a $7.3 investment its Michigan headquarters and Indiana distribution warehouse.

Corbion Enters PLA Business
The Dutch global producer of lactic acid is pre-marketing its new PLA resins in North America.

Emerald Performance Sells Additives Business to DyStar
Company's specialty additives for plastics include non-phthalate plasticizers.

Forum Seeks Dialogue Between Research and Industry
The Science Campus is returning to K 2016 with more than 20 research institutions and a focus on four key themes.

Haitian Boosts Machine Assembly in Germany
Injection molding machine manufacturer Haitian International has added a second production hall in Ebermannsdorf, Germany that will double its production space.

Honeywell to Spin Off Nylon 6 & Chemicals Business
Transaction of spin-off company 'AdvanSix' to be completed by early 2017.

K 2016 Focus On ASEAN Plastics Industry
The 10-member group of Southeast Asian countries exported $39.3 billion in plastics and plastic products in 2013.

K 2016 Sells Out, Continues Growth
The head of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH stresses that the show organizer will work hard to accommodate all the registered exhibitors.

KraussMaffei Celebrates 50 Years in U.S.
The U.S. has become the largest single-country market for KM.

Kuraray to Boost EVOH Production in the U.S
Growing demand for Eval EVOH has prompted plans for capacity increases.

MGS Discusses Its Acquisition
Privately held since 1982, injection molder and moldmaker MGS Mfg. Group Inc. has a new owner for the first time in its history, and it foresees greater growth thanks to the resources of its private equity acquirer.

Nova Chemicals Opens New Center for Performance Applications
Facility expansion and equipment investments expected to boost innovation and customer collaboration within PE business.

Save Over 30% On One-Day and 25% On Three-Day K Show Tickets
Entrance passes for K 2016 can be bought online now for reduced rates.

Show Within a Show
Special event during K 2016 features information, entertainment, activities, keynote talks and discussion sessions on the future of plastics.

Special Process Molds Stronger Parts In Very Thick, Near-Net Shapes
Unusual injection process molds very thick parts with unusually high strength.

The Web’s Take on Dining in Düsseldorf
Trip Advisor, Yelp, Lonely Planet and Michelin weigh in on eating out in Düsseldorf.

WEIMA Group Celebrates 30 Years
Europe remains the strongest individual market followed by the U.S. WEIMA America generates a quarter of the company's overall earnings.

Processor's Business Index

May’s Index: 52.1
Large and mid-sized processors doing particularly well.


Avoid Scale Buildup: The Silent Enemy of Cooling Performance
Obstructions in cooling can wreak havoc on molding. Here, a well-known supplier to molders that also molds recounts its experience and offers tips on how you can keep things flowing.

Blow Molding Challenges Embraced at Metro Mold
“Others mold difficult parts. We mold the impossible.”

Take a Systematic Approach to Keep Your Blenders Running Right
Increase uptime, productivity, and quality by putting together a comprehensive maintenance program to keep your blenders on target.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: Liquid Antimicrobials for Polyolefins & Engineering Thermoplastics
Riverdale Color's new +Clean liquid additives are said to surpass efficiency of antimocrobial pellets.

ADDITIVES: Paper-Like Additive Masterbatch for Multilayer Film Products
Ampacet's unique additive masterbatch is targeted to outer layer of two or three multilayer constructions.

COMPOUNDING: Configure Twins Quickly, Easily
New software allows compounders to set up screw and barrel configurations.

EXTRUSION: New Winder Handles Large-Diameter Rolls
Jumbo rolls can be wound to 1200 mm.

EXTRUSION: Quick-Adjusting Crosshead Die For Elastomers
Gum space adjustment is made more accurate and repeatable.

MATERIALS: Expanded Range of LSRs for Medical Devices
Dow Corning's two new series of LSRs further expands its portfolio of medical-grade silicone elastomers.

RECYCLING: Erema, SIPA Partner on PET Preform System
Called Xtreme Renew, the system allows the one-step processing of PET flakes into preforms.

Resin Prices

Resin Prices Flat to Lower
Second quarter ends with flat to declining prices, even for high-volume engineering resins.


Get Involved in Manufacturing Day
Strut your stuff to students, their parents and teachers on Oct. 7

Market Watch

Food Packaging Should Remain Strong
But industrial markets could slip.

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