Sipa acquires Automa PET bottle production activitiesby Canadian Plastics
Italy-based packaging equipment maker Sipa SpA has purchased all activities related to production of injection-stretch-blow molding (ISBM) equipment at Automa SpA, another Italian company that services the PET packaging sector.
Milacron partners with Trexel on MuCell injection technologyby Canadian Plastics
Processing equipment maker Milacron LLC is partnering with Trexel Inc. to incorporate the MuCell microcellular foam injection molding technology into Milacron injection molding machines.
Bekum to move production from Berlin to Austriaby Canadian Plastics
Germany-based blow molding machine maker Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH is moving its Berlin production to its other plant, in Traismauer, Austria.
Big order marks a big year for W. Amsler Equipmentby Canadian Plastics
The Beatles sang “It was 20 years ago today” back in the 60s, turning 20th anniversaries into big deals ever since.
Myers Industries concludes purchase of Toronto-based Scepterby Canadian Plastics
U.S.-based plastics products maker Myers Industries Inc. has completed its $157 million acquisition of Canada’s Scepter Corp. and Scepter Manufacturing LLC.
New Plastiblow sales support for N. Americaby Canadian Plastics
Blow molding equipment veteran Frank Varuzza has joined Plastiblow S.r.l., Corsico, Italy, as sales development manager.
Injection, blow molder Scepter sold to Myers Industriesby Canadian Plastics
In a bid to increase its presence in the plastic fuel tank sector, U.S.-based plastics products maker Myers Industries Inc. has acquired Toronto’s Scepter Corp. and Scepter Manufacturing LLC for US$160 million.
Bekum names new managing director, global salesby Canadian Plastics
Germany-based blow molding machinery maker Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH has named Andreas Kandt as its new managing director and director of global sales.
Canada’s W. Amsler moving into international marketsby Canadian Plastics
Canadian-based blow molding machine maker W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is making inroads in the international market after its first major equipment sales in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
PlastIndia trade show moving to Gurajat for 2015by Canadian Plastics
India’s largest plastics trade show, PlastIndia, is moving to a new location.
Plast-Ex 2013 is hereby Canadian Plastics
Plast-Ex 2013, Canada’s only plastics industry trade show this year, is set to begin.
Setting a Baselineby Mark Stephen, editor
Taking measurements to establish baseline data for an extruder system sounds pretty dull. Dull, but important. Simply put, when a new single screw or twin screw extruder is installed, or a new screw mounted in an existing machine, it’s…
DRYERS: The Necessary Nineby Mark Stephen, editor
When it comes to drying polymers, figuring out the “why” is easy: to control viscosity and ensure maximum performance. It’s the “how” that can keep you up at night. Resin drying — especially involving…
Medical Marvelsby Mark Stephen, editor
For plastics processors, there may be no such thing as a recession-proof sector — but medical parts molding comes damn close. At the very least, the medical molding business is less susceptible to economic swings than most other…
Ontario blow molder gets ERP turbochargeby Canadian Plastics
There’s nothing wrong with writing things down on paper by hand — it’s how Shakespeare and America’s Founding Fathers did it, among others. But let’s face it: it’s no way to run a business in the Internet Age.
Pipeline to the Factsby Canadian Plastics
This time last year, we opened our fifth Extrusion Benchmark Survey by noting that the worst of the worst recession in living memory was behind us. Twelve months later, we’re fairly certain it’s true. But what do some of…
In-Mold Assembly: All Together Nowby Mark Stephen, editor
If the manufacturing sector learned one thing from the Great Recession it might be this: get more efficient, fast. In multi-component injection molding, efficiency means eliminating secondary operations by assembling separate components in the…
Making a Mark with Liquid Colorantby Mark Stephen, editor
Any plastics processor out there who doesn’t want to gain a competitive advantage, raise your hand. Nobody, right? Well, interest in one potential advantage is on the rise: A growing number of molders are considering liquid colorants as a…
Gate Crashersby Mark Stephen, editor
Fact: Valve gating has become the preferred method of gating for precision molders, offering a more stable injection process without stringing and drooling of the melt. And these are particularly interesting times for valves gates: two themes…
Building (or rebuilding) A Better Materials Handling Systemby Mark Stephen, editor
Just like that killer double-breasted suit probably does with your wardrobe, materials represent your single largest expense as a plastics processor. You didn’t sew the suit yourself just to save a few bucks, so why scrimp on having a…