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PPG to Introduce Three Fiber Glass Products

PPG to Introduce Three Fiber Glass Products

The new products include additions to the HYBON direct single-end fiber glass roving line, the TUFROV long-fiber thermoplastic line and the INNOFIBER specialty glass composition product line. Camilo Serrano, PPG global business manager, direct draw fiber glass, said each new product is the result of a significant technical advance. “From increasing the structural performance of composite materials to improving processability for long-fiber compounders in warm, humid environments, these products demonstrate a standard of innovation from PPG that is unique to the fiber glass industry,” he explained. “We’re excited to talk about these new advances and how they can help our customers improve their own products and processes.”
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Canadian Vehicle Purchases Softened in July: Scotiabank

Canadian Vehicle Purchases Softened in July: Scotiabank

Vehicle purchases softened in Canada in July 2016, a new report from Scotiabank said, as a double-digit decline in car sales more than offset ongoing gains in light trucks. “We estimate overall vehicle sales declined to an annualized 1.88 million units in July, down from an average of 2 million in the second quarter and through the first half of 2016,” Scotiabank’s most recent Auto News Flash said.
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A. Schulman Acquires 5-Layer Blown Film Line for Polybatch Centre

A. Schulman Acquires 5-Layer Blown Film Line for Polybatch Centre

One of the world's leading lights in high performance plastic materials A. Schulman has revealed it has taken possession of a 5-layer blown film extrusion line at its Polybatch Technology Center in Bornem, Belgium. A. Schulman recently installed the state-of-the-art in order to support the development of multi-layer applications in response to growing multilayer and barrier requirements in markets such as food packaging or agricultural applications.
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Toray Plans $100mn Investment to Set Up Nylon fibres Plant in Mexico

Toray Plans $100mn Investment to Set Up Nylon fibres Plant in Mexico

Japan’s Toray Industries Inc will set up a production facility for nylon fibres used in automobile airbags and airbag materials at its Mexican subsidiary Toray Advanced Textile Mexico (TAMX) with an investment of Yen 10 billion (about $ 100 million). The plant, with production capacity of about 10,000 tonnes, will be located within the Mexican plant premise of Zoltek Companies Inc, a large tow carbon fibre production subsidiary of Toray. TAMX’s production facility is expected to start operation in March 2018. Mexico has been rapidly growing as an automobile production base by leveraging the wide-ranging free trade network and geographical proximity to the US. Recently, a number of airbag manufactures launch their businesses in Mexico, and the demand for airbag fabrics in the Americas is expected to continue growing significantly primarily in Mexico.
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Faurecia Sells Auto-Exteriors Arm to Plastic Omnium

Faurecia Sells Auto-Exteriors Arm to Plastic Omnium

MADRID – The European Commission moves to break up a potential auto-parts monopoly by authorizing Plastic Omnium to pay French rival Faurecia €665 million ($743 million) for its automotive-exteriors business. The sale is contingent on Plastic Omnium divesting itself of its plastic-bumper-manufacturing business in France and its front-end-module operations in Germany, as well as one of its seven plants in Spain. Plastic Omnium has not confirmed whether that facility is in Valencia, where both parts makers have factories.
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Lightweighting Remains Top Focus for Automakers to Meet CAFE Standards – from the WardsAuto Survey, Sponsored by DuPont Automotive

Lightweighting Remains Top Focus for Automakers to Meet CAFE Standards – from the WardsAuto Survey, Sponsored by DuPont Automotive

Taking weight out of vehicles and engine efficiency programs continue to top the list of strategies for automakers as the industry looks for ways to meet 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. The recent findings were part of the annual WardsAuto survey, sponsored by DuPont Automotive. The survey also showed electrification as an increasingly mentioned technology focus by the respondents. “It’s no surprise to learn that lightweighting and the use of lightweighting structural materials continue to top the list of strategies the industry remains focused on,” said Brian Fish, NA automotive marketing manager, DuPont Performance Materials. “Lightweighting can be applied to virtually every component and part and we continue to work with the industry to look for opportunities to reduce weight across systems.”
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McNeely Plastics Expanding, Creating 25 new Jobs

McNeely Plastics Expanding, Creating 25 new Jobs

HAZLEHURST, Miss. (AP) - State officials say McNeely Plastics, a plastic products manufacturer, is investing $6.5 million in an expansion of its operations and creating 25 new jobs. A state news release on Tuesday said McNeely Plastics has expanded its operations by moving into a 59,000-square-foot, county-owned facility in the Copiah County Industrial Park in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.
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Merrillville-Based Polycon Industries to Invest $15 Million for Expansion

Merrillville-Based Polycon Industries to Invest $15 Million for Expansion

A local manufacturer of plastic containers has announced plans to invest $15 million to expand its operations, creating up to 100 new jobs by the end of 2017. Polycon Industries plans to construct and equip a 150,000-square-foot addition to its plant on Colorado Street, which it shares with its parent company, Crown Packaging, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
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Wittmann Battenfeld Adds Cleanroom Demonstration Facility to American HQ

Wittmann Battenfeld Adds Cleanroom Demonstration Facility to American HQ

Plastics processing and auxiliary equipment maker Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. has added a new demonstration cleanroom at its U.S. headquarters in Torrington, Conn. The 672-square-foot room, which will be in operation by October 1, will house two Wittmann Battenfeld molding machines, an all-electric EcoPower SE 110/350 (special cleanroom edition), and a MicroPower 15/10 micromolding machine. Other Wittmann equipment including a W821 robot will also be used.
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Sabic to Showcase Innovations That Reduce Food Waste at K 2016

Sabic to Showcase Innovations That Reduce Food Waste at K 2016

An estimated one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, equivalent to 1.3 billion tons of food every year, according to the Save Food report by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Even in the most advanced supply chain systems such as those in Europe, 4% of transported goods are damaged because of low pallet stability. As consumers continue to express a growing need for convenience and eco-friendly packaging, continuous changes and innovation will be seen in the industry. At the K 2016 plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) will be showcasing several new products and technologies that help to address these specific market needs. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and a central theme of “Chemistry that Matters,” Sabic will exhibit a wide array of packaging solutions that address the challenges the packaging industry is currently facing.
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Fibermaq Presents Evolution Gelcoat Machine

Fibermaq Presents Evolution Gelcoat Machine

Equipment has more lightweight and ergonomic pistol Fibermaq, a Brazilian company in equipment for composites molding, is presenting the Evolution gelcoat machine. The equipment has a new pistol, which is lighter and more ergonomic than the previous model. Besides, it is much more easier to perform any kind of maintenance. Other highlight of Evolution gelcoat machine include safety improvement: it has no apparent moving parts.
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Ontario Teachers’ Augments Industrials Portfolio With Polyvinyl Chloride Market Leader Aurora Plastics

Ontario Teachers’ Augments Industrials Portfolio With Polyvinyl Chloride Market Leader Aurora Plastics

TORONTO, Aug. 2, 2016 Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers') today announced it is acquiring industry leader Aurora Plastics from its founders, in partnership with Wind Point Partners of Chicago. "We are excited about our acquisition of Aurora Plastics," said Jane Rowe, Senior Vice-President, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers'. "The Company is a market leader, with best-in-class products and growth potential, and we have excellent and proven partners in Wind Point Partners and their executive advisor Mike Fitzpatrick, who have strong expertise in this sector."
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Spin Master Corp to Buy Pool Toy Company Swimways Corp, Moves Into Outdoor Toy Segment

Spin Master Corp to Buy Pool Toy Company Swimways Corp, Moves Into Outdoor Toy Segment

TORONTO — One of Canada’s largest toy companies will be going outdoors to play in the pool with the purchase of Swimways Corp. Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY) says it will pay about US$85 million up front and up to an additional US$8.5 million over four years, based on sales growth at Swimways, which would operate as a stand-alone subsidiary based in Virginia.
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