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Medical

Keeping It in the Family: Medical Molder Grows with Second Generation at the Helm

Evolving from a two-man moldmaking company in a rented garage to three unique businesses, including a new medical injection molding unit, with 185 full-time employees, Micro Mold, Plastikos and Plastikos Medical enter their fourth decade family-led and poised for growth.
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Recycling

Betting Big on Recycled PET

Distributor of virgin PET resins PolyQuest is also a growing manufacturer of recycled PET resins.
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Injection Molding

Lights Out, Pristine Production In

The numbers beggar belief and the business belies description—Medical Components of America has six full-time employees, six injection machines and lights-out production that’s gone five years without shipping a bad part or missing a delivery.
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Packaging

Film Processor Boosts Line Performance with Air-Ring Retrofit

Air-ring upgrade results in output gains up to 23% for leading film processor in Indonesia. Gauge uniformity also improved.
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Compounding

The Buck Stops … at This One-Stop Compounder

CRC Polymer Systems brings expertise in material selection, product formulation and processing, and a thorough understanding of part design and tooling under one roof with a series of customized materials and capabilities aimed at OEMs and molders.
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Packaging

Breaking Barriers: Sheet Processor Makes Move on High-End Packaging Market

Impact Plastics sets up new brand with game-changing disruptive technology that combines a novel PP with customized equipment that looks to upend the business of extruded sheet for barrier food packaging.
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Injection Molding

Coronavirus Test Kits Test MGS’ Manufacturing Mettle

MGS Manufacturing is marshalling its injection molding, moldmaking and automation skills in a tightly compressed timeline to outfit the equivalent of a full-scale injection molding plant for COVID-19 test kits.
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Automotive

Molder Gets Into World-Class Shape

Shape Corp.’s Grand Haven, Mich., facility challenges itself and its employees to run leaner, pushing productivity and efficiency to new limits.
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Automation

Tenere Shapes Market Niche Where Metal and Plastics Meet

Joining metal and plastics to target some of today’s most dynamic industries, contract manufacturer Tenere reinvented itself—and its customer list—in 2016.
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Medical

Data Driven, Employee Owned

Approaching its seventh decade in business, PTA Plastics has shifted its location and remade its customer base since its founding in 1953, but many things have not changed in the intervening years, including an emphasis on people and leading-edge technologies.
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Medical

To Succeed in Manufacturing, Focus on Your People First

It’s not easy being a custom injection molder in the NYC metro area. For Natech Plastics, the key is developing employees’ skills and commitment.
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Sheet Extrusion

Giving the ‘Royal’ Treatment in PET Packaging

In the U.S. for just seven years, Royal Interpack is emerging as a growing, innovative, customer-centric supplier of food packaging.
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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Profile Processor Looks Beyond Windows and Doors

Intek Plastics intends to maintain a leadership position in its core fenestration business. At the same time, it’s on a mission to leverage its expertise in materials know-how, engineering, technology and customer collaboration to become a force in other profile extrusion markets as well.
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Medical

Filling a Precision Molding Niche in Mexico

Originally opened and dedicated by Mexican President Vicente Fox in 2006, GW Plastics has expanded the business and capabilities of its facility in Querétaro, adapting and evolving along with that country’s thriving injection molding market.
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Consumer Products

Lower Prices for PP, PS, PE, PET; Flat for PVC

Low feedstock prices, higher supplier inventories and slowed demand in most cases are key drivers.
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Automation

Full Plate of New Technologies on the Table at EVCO Plastics

A new low-pressure molding process, 3D printing of production parts and prototype tooling, collaborative robots, and process monitoring with automatic QC are all on the menu.
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All Electric & Hybrid Machines

Digital Manufacturing: Two Medical Molders Embrace Industry 4.0

‘Digitalization’ and ‘connectivity’ are loaded terms—shorthand for a whole new way of doing business. It can’t be accomplished in one go. But two Midwest molders in the sensitive medical field are already feeling the benefits of their initial steps in that direction.
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Automotive

Worldwide Switch to New Gauging System Pays Off for Haartz

Leading supplier of sheet and roll stock for automotive applications reevaluated its thickness-measurement technology in 2012, and now has 15 scanners in place worldwide from one supplier.
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Biopolymers

Molder Makes Coffee Pods From Compostable Resin

Fourmark developed the expertise to mold plant-based resin into the main component of the capsules.
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Compounding

Meet the New Force in Color Concentrate Production

The new Chroma Color Corp. unites the production and technical expertise of four different firms to better serve the needs of a consolidating processor market.
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