October 2003

Close-Up on Technology

All-Plastic Paint Cans Challenge Steel
After considerable success in Europe, all-plastic gallon paint cans are spilling into North America’s retail paint market more quickly than was anticipated just a few months ago.

New Metallocene TP Elastomers Tackle Films, Fibers, TPOs
 The Vistamaxx family of propylene-ethylene specialty elastomers recently unveiled by ExxonMobil Chemical (see Your Business In Brief, August 2003) holds promise in a broad range of applications from very soft fabrics and films to very hard TPOs.

Processor's Edge

Thermoformer Tosses Gauntlet to Injection Molders
Profile Plastics in Lake Bluff, Ill., has prospered for 43 years as a heavy-gauge custom thermoformer by investing steadily in the latest technology and then applying it in highly practical ways.


NPE News Wrap-up: Resin Dryers
At least 16 companies introduced new dryers at the big show in Chicago. The new models span a range of drying technologies, but most sport features that save space and cost and make the dryers simpler and more reliable.

NPE News Wrap-up: Robots
From micro to maxi, from simple sprue pickers to sophisticated six-axis models, NPE had it all. A raft of new robots, faster and smarter than ever, will help make automation an irresistible choice for U.S. molders.

One Jump Ahead of China
 Domestic producers of polyethylene film and bags are having a tough time with imports.

Solving the Puzzle of Chinese Bags
How do the Chinese get such high quality at such low cost? They have been accused of dumping, but Chinese bag makers are mostly small mom-and-pop businesses that survive on razor-thin profit margins. Their plants and the way they run them are like nothing you’ve ever seen.

CW Brabender
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