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As part of its initiative to develop plastics industry professionals, Krauss-Maffei Corp., Florence, Kentucky, recently donated a 200-ton all-electric injection molding machine with an integrated LRX 150 robot to Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich. Moreover the company is offering co-op and apprentice programs that provide real world experience, and more.

Said president and CEO Paul Caprio:

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All areas of the plastics recycling supply chain are represented during The Plastics Recycling Conference (March 6-8; New Orleans). During the opening session, sustainability leaders explored the ways the plastics recycling industry can better position itself to ensure plastics recovery maintains its central role in the evolving sustainability movement. Check out the video below for highlights of this session:

 

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A newly completed analysis by Houston-based IHS Markit forecasts that China will continue to be in the lead of the global petrochemical marketplace—both in terms of consumption and production. Still growth is expected to moderate during the next few years.

The IHS Markit analysis predicts Chinese demand growth for key chemicals to be significantly below the historical double-digit growth rate or, at around 5-7% for at least the next four years. Said Paul Pang, IHS Markit’s v.p. of greater China chemical, “China has not been spared by the global economic slowdown, but the country will still drive growth in the worldwide chemical industry in the years ahead. China remains the largest growth market for chemicals, although we expect Chinese growth to moderate.”

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Two weeks ago I blogged about the LSR and other materials content at Plastics Technology’s Molding 2017 Conference, April 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C. Further details were made available about one presentation, retitled “Virtual Molding of Single- and Multi-Component LSR Processes,” by Gabriel Geyne and Vanessa Schwittay of Sigma Plastic Services (U.S. office in Schaumburg, Ill.)

The speakers confirmed that part of the presentation will describe an impressive demonstration at last fall’s K 2016 show, whereby Sigma used its Sigmasoft “Virtual Molding” software to simulate a two-color LSR-on-LSR egg cup molded at the booth of silicone materials supplier Momentive Performance Materials, Waterford, N.Y. (Momentive’s Oliver Franssen will also speak at the Molding Conference.)

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SPE Polyolefins 2017 did not disappoint on its second full day (first day highlights here). For one thing, there was an early but super nice St. Patrick’s Day celebration during one of breaks on, replete with a terrific sounding pipe band and green layer cake too!

Beyond the surprise entertainment/cake, the materials and additives technologies discussed were also a treat. Whether unveiling a new product or applying existing products in intriguing and novel ways to boost performance of polyolefins, there were plenty of highlights:

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