July 2002

Close-Up on Technology

Injection Molding Technologies Advance At Structural Plastics Show
A simpler approach to in-mold film decorating was one new injection molding capability presented at the SPI Structural Plastics show and conference.

Long-Glass PP Makes InroadsIn Automotive Front Ends
Injection molded, long-glass-reinforced polypropylene appears to be the staple of new automotive front-end systems (FES) designed with a high degree of parts integration.

New TPE Compounder Debuts in U.S.
 Formulating thermoplastic elastomers is a highly customized business.

Starting Up

Innovation - July 2002
Furniture maker Steelcase Inc. in Caledonia, Mich., loved the idea of a simple stacking chair with a seat and back that can move independently to fit the person sitting on it.

Your Business in Brief - July 2002
DAK Americas To Double PET CapacityDAK Americas, Charlotte, N.C., plans to build a PET packaging resin unit in Charleston, S.C., that will double the company’s capacity to 660 million lb/yr.

Your Business Outlook - July 2002
Although there is more market excitement in food and beverage containers, blow molded industrial packaging remained surprisingly stable during the economic downturn in 2001.


New Clarifiers & Nucleators: They Make Polypropylene Run Clearer and Faster
New packaging opportunities are opening up for PP, thanks to a new crop of additives that boost clarity, stiffness, HDT, and processing rates.

Thirty Years This Month
 “What’s new?” I have been asking that question each month for 360 issues of PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY.

Top Ten Myths About Loss-in-Weight Feeders For Compounding Extruders
Loss-in-weight feeders are the most important piece of auxiliary equipment for compounding extruders.

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