Commodities Futures Trading Starts for Polyolefins
In an era of volatile resin prices, trading commodities futures for plastics may be an idea whose time has come.
New Contender Seeks a Niche in Specialty Engineering Compounding
The U.S. compounding business is getting intensely specialized as OEM manufacturers ship commodity work to China and focus more on value-added products here.
Leading the Way in IML Packaging
Putting out the biggest volume of product isn't the only way to be a market leader, says Michael Spies, CEO of Spies Kunststoffe GmbH in Melle-Gesmold, Germany.
Get Smart About Safety
It has been just a year since I last discussed the lagging safety record of plastics processors.
K 2004 Wrap-Up on Additives: Problem-Solving Additives Tackle New and Old Challenges
The latest K show was rich in additives that can ease processing and end-use problems of thermoplastics and thermosets.
K 2004 Wrap-Up on Materials: Setting New Benchmarks for Processability and Performance
Higher flow, higher heat, higher barrier, higher clarity, higher stiffness, lower durometer, lower smoke, lower odor—materials exhibits at the recent K 2004 show in Dusseldorf were stretching the bounds of processing and performance properties in all directions.
MDO Films: Lots of Promise, Big Challenges
Machine-direction orientation is still discovering new market opportunities. But the technical difficulties are so great that some big projects never came of age. New equipment could make it easier.