May 2003

Close-Up on Technology

Gas Assist Works for Thermosets and Smaller Parts, Too
The first gas-assist injection molding process for thermosets, and the use of gas assist for molding smaller parts were two new areas explored in papers presented at the 13th International Molding Conference and Exhibit held in February in New Orleans.

Recycling Conference Shows Off New Ways To Enhance Recycled Plastics
News from the recent SPE Global Plastics Environmental Conference in Detroit includes lots of technological “firsts.” Among them: electronic “noses” to sniff out chemical contaminants in reclaim; long-fiber molded parts made with auto shredder waste and recycled carpets; the U.S. debut of a waterless recycling system commercialized by Germany’s Green Dot program; and new additives to enhance recycled PET bottles. 

Web-Enabled Color Measurement Harmonizes Different Instruments
New software uses the internet to streamline color communications by providing “virtual calibration” so that different makes and models of instruments measure color to the same standards.

Processor's Edge

Entrepreneur Puts Mixed-Polymer Recycling On Track to Success
Polywood Inc. in Edison, N.J., uses mixed recycled plastics to make fiber-reinforced structural profiles for railroad ties, I-beams, and decks.

Starting Up

No End to Resin Price Hikes
Although the worst may be over in soaring oil and natural-gas prices, recent hikes are still percolating through the petrochemical derivatives supply chain. So there’s no slowdown in commodity-resin price hikes, and engineering resins are going up too—some of them for the first time in more than two years.

Rates Dipping
A 1.5% average drop in machine-hour rates in the fourth quarter of 2002 was reported by 183 custom injection molders responding to our latest semi-annual survey.

Your Business in Brief - May 2003
Standardization Comes to Blow MoldsProgressive Components in Wauconda, Ill., a supplier of standardized injection mold components, will introduce a line of blow mold components at the NPE show in Chicago next month.

Your Business Outlook - May 2003
Injection molders of housewares hoped for average annual growth of more than 8% from 2001 to 2006 when they were interviewed in 2001 for Mastio & Company’s Injection Molding Market Study.


Blow Molding - Higher Output Vies With Flexibility
The emphasis in blow molding equipment introductions at NPE 2003 is on higher output capability and greater versatility to take on emerging markets.

Helping You Plan for NPE
It’s coming to Chicago next month: that once-every-three-years extravaganza, the biggest plastics show in this hemisphere, with over 2000 ex­hibitors from all over the world—NPE 2003.

NPE 2003 News Flash
An Advance Look at Some of the News Awaiting You in Chicago Next Month

CW Brabender
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