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July 2013

Close-Up on Technology

New Hybrid Machine Platform Focused on Customization, Integration, Energy Savings
After five years of product development behind the scenes, Athena Automation is ready for its close-up.

Processor's Edge

IML Groundbreaker Adds Sheet Extrusion
In-house sheet production allows Tech II to vertically integrate to hasten product development, control costs.

Know How

Melt Flow Rate Testing–Part 1
Though often criticized, MFR is a very good gauge of the relative average molecular weight of the polymer. Since molecular weight (MW) is the driving force behind performance in polymers, it turns out to be a very useful number.

Pay Attention to Heat Transfer
Money will be lost if cooling is not done right.

Your Pre-Installation Checklist-Part 1
The work really begins after you've ordered your new machine.

Starting Up

A. Schulman to Acquire Network Polymers
Acquisition expected to be completed in the next few months.

Absolute Haitian Launches Ohio Tech Center
Firm sold more than 300 presses in 2012.

Braskem Adds ‘Green’ LDPE and PE Cap Resin for Carbonated Beverages
LDPE derived from sugarcane ethanol.

Ettlinger Opens U.S. Subsidiary
Company already had presence in the U.S. market with ERF melt filter for recycling highly contaminated plastics waste.

Haidlmair Adds Capacity for Extra-Large Molds
Austrian moldmaker expands at home and in the U.S.

How Do You Stimulate Engineering Creativity?
Get answers in a new book.

Ineos to Buy Mitsui’s Polyacrylonitrile Business
The leader in acrylonitrile copolymers buys another PAN business.

LCP in Award-Winning Ultra-Flat OLED Light Element
Ultra-flat OLED module uses LCP with laser direct structuring in MID

Moretto Auxiliaries Available Through Advanced Blending Solutions
Products will be branded as ABS and will supplement ABS’s own line of material handling, blending, and controls technology.

Nova Starts Work on LLDPE Expansion
Around 1 billion lb more capacity is due by 2015 in Joffre, Alberta.

Vinyl-Based TPE Compound Selected for Cable Jacketing in New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
TufFlex TPE is resistant to heat, cold, and oils.

Recycled Resin Prices

Recycled Resin Pricing Was A Mixed Bag in First Half of 2013


Extreme Molding’s Mantra: ‘Find Your Niche and Stick to It’
For a small custom injection molder competing in today’s global market, Lynn Momrow-Zielinski has two pieces of advice: 1) Develop a business plan and stick to it. 2) Find a technical and/or market niche and stick to that, too.

Modifying PVC with Bio-Based PHA Rubber
A new class of renewable and very efficient multifunctional modifiers for PVC has been developed at Metabolix. This series of biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers offers toughening, plasticization, and improved processing of all types of PVC compounds. They also have good UV stability and transparency, do not promote biodegradation, and are fungi resistant.

Put the Oomph Back in Your Vacuum System
You can make these enhancements to your resin conveying with a better understanding of three critical elements: Air, vacuum receivers, and piping.

Keeping Up With Technology

BLOW MOLDING: New Name in PET Stretch-Blow Machines
Mould & Matic Solutions expands beyond injection, blow, and thermoforming molds and auxiliary automation.

EXTRUSION: More Output from Tandem Gauge Control
Unit is said to boost output by 15% to 30% and reduce film thickness variations by up to 70%.

MATERIALS: Clear Rigid PVC Compound for Outdoor Tubing
A new rigid PVC compound with a special UV-blocking formulation from Teknor Apex Co. reportedly provides good clarity as well as high gloss and toughness for photobioreactor and other outdoor tubing.

MATERIALS: New SMA Terpolymers Add Higher Heat Resistance
SMA with N-phenylmaleimide upgrades heat resistance of ABS and other engineering thermoplastics.

MATERIALS: TPUs for Clear Injection Molding & Extrusion
Polyester and polyether grades, including clear versions, are introduced by Alliance Polymers and Services.

RECYCLING: Meeting New Challenges in Recycling
Supplier points to progress in addressing difficult recycling applications.

Resin Prices

PE, PP Prices Firming, Others Soften
Polyolefin prices appear to have bottomed out, with flat-to-upward pricing expected, while PS and PVC prices are likely to flatten. Prices of ABS, PC, and nylons are soft and going nowhere in the near future.


Bouncing Back
April's gain marks the fourth month out of five that the index has advanced.

Packaging Shows Gradual Improvement
Our forecast for plastics packaging calls for steady-to-better market demand in the U.S. in the coming months and quarters.

Reshoring Hubbub
Is it happening or not?

CW Brabender
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