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Plastics News (UK) 08/03/2020 11:33
Jane Clawson-Palfi has associate degrees in plastics technology and technical drafting and tool design from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., as well as a bachelor's degree in plastics engineering technology from Ferris State and an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix. She has held positions as senior project engineer, program manager, and launch and industrial manager for Marelli Automotive Lighting, previously Automotive Lighting, in Auburn Hills, Mich., and Juárez, Mexico, and as operations manager for SL Tennessee in Clinton, Tenn. She is now director of operations for MMI Engineered Solutions, a custom injection molder based in Saline, Mich. Clawson-Palfi said her greatest achievement has been successful.
Plastics News (UK) 08/03/2020 11:32
Jennifer Clark's first plastics industry job was with a major soda bottling company using high density polyethylene and PET, and she said she didn't know she was interested in the industry until she joined. "Once I got deeper into it, I discovered that plastics was both a phenomenon and a touch of magic rolled into one," she said in her Women Breaking the Mold survey.
Plastics News (UK) 08/03/2020 11:28
Catherine Chaplin joined the plastics industry in 2018 when she came aboard to support her husband's growing business, Jenerxx Inc., which specializes in identifying generic primelike resin alternatives to help companies achieve cost-saving and sustainability initiatives. She helped her father-in-law start Sustainable Resins LLC, which is focused on green solutions for plastics manufacturers and consumer brands, in 2019.
Plastics News (UK) 08/03/2020 11:27
Karen Bouchard has a long career in the plastics industry. She was hired as a quality technician at Alphagary, formerly Mexichem Specialty Compounds, at age 22. She spent 15 years there, where she also held positions as PVC color matcher and color lab manager. Following her time at Alphagary, she joined Newline Color Inc. as its lead color matcher for three years. Bouchard has been with color concentrates maker Chroma Color Corp. in Leominster, Mass., for the last 18 years. "Here is where I developed my career because I work with a wide variety of specialty resins and pigments. Currently, I oversee seven quality control technicians, with two women on the team," the laboratory quality manager said in her Women Breaking the Mold survey. When
Plastics News (UK) 08/03/2020 08:31
Strong results and high morale at Berry Global. Since it's the largest plastics processor in North America, and publicly traded, we keep a close eye on Berry Global Group Inc. It's noteworthy that in the midst of a global pandemic and an economic recession, for the quarter that ended June 27. Berry's net sales were up 50 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago, while its operating profit was up 61 percent and operating EBITDA was up 67 percent. Looking beyond the numbers, Chairman and CEO Tom Salmon says the pandemic is bringing the Berry team closer together. "The first thing that the pandemic has done has increase the level of morale, believe it or not, inside our company to heights that it hasn't been in a long time by the way t.
Plastics News (UK) 07/31/2020 15:35
Berwyn, Pennsylvania — While COVID-19 took a heavy toll on Trinseo SA’s second quarter sales and earnings, the company believes the worst business impacts of the pandemic are now behind it. The US manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber reported net loss of $128 million for the second quarter, as sales fell 40 percent to $570 million and adjusted earnings (adjusted EBITDA) went into negative territory at -$8 million. Sales within Trinseo’s synthetic rubber (SR) business unit fell 68 percent year-on-year to $36 million for the quarter, the Berwyin-based materials supplier announced July 29. Lower sales volumes, caused by weaker demand in the global tire market due to COVID-19, contributed to a 56 percent decline in net S.
Plastics News (UK) 07/31/2020 14:58
Kierspe, Germany — Automotive supplier KB Backhaus GmbH has expanded its manufacturing to include series production of face masks, in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The German manufacture of plastic components for the automotive industry said it set up a production line, within few weeks, to produce 12,500 per day of masks, which are based on thermoplastic elastomer SEBS. The material, said Backhaus in a July 29 statement, is durable, recyclable and also food-grade.
Plastics News (UK) 07/31/2020 12:47
Advanced Blending Solutions LLC has acquired Thoreson McCosh Inc., a desiccant dryers and auxiliary equipment maker in Troy, Mich., and will "absorb the manufacturing" into its headquarters campus in Wallace, Mich. The deal was announced July 31 in a brief news release that says the companies' combined brands will blend well for customers. The release says the acquisition will allow ABS to offer its customers economical stand-alone drying solutions while TM customers will be introduced to ABS's products for bulk solids handling, storage, and blending. ABS designs and supplies auxiliary equipment including gravimetric continuous blenders, extrusion throughput control weigh hoppers, vacuum and pressure pumps to convey for material, dust colle.
Plastics News (UK) 07/31/2020 12:30
Neumann & Bennetts Inc., a 66-year-old Klamath Falls Ore., company known for making rotationally molded duck decoys, has a new owner. Outdoor product manufacturer SmartTechProducts, a subsidiary of VonderBurg Ventures Inc., bought Neumann & Bennetts and plans to combine operations into SmartTechProducts' own 50,000 square foot location in Klamath Falls. "The acquisition made sense," Carlos Neumann, president of Neumann & Bennetts said in a recent news release.
Plastics News (UK) 07/31/2020 09:06
Stuttgart, Germany-based automotive powertrain and air conditioning supplier Mahle Group is expanding injection molding operations in Murfreesboro, Tenn., adding 140,000 square feet of new production lines and 300 jobs to the area. "The majority of the new business for Murfreesboro will be reallocated from other Mahle locations," a July 29 news release said. "The addition in Murfreesboro will allow the company to better optimize its production footprint and be closer to automotive customers located in the Southeast," the release said said. Mahle did not immediately respond to inquiries by Plastics News including the cost of the expansion and what Mahle locations would be affected by the reallocation of business. "The City of Murfreesboro is.
Plastics News (UK) 07/31/2020 08:30
Plastics help casinos adapt to pandemic. Plastics are showing up in unusual applications these days, as businesses reopen but need products to protect employees and customers from the coronavirus. Two unusual examples popped up yesterday. First, in an application near to my heart, the Atlantis became the first casino in Reno, Nev., to reopen its buffet restaurant. The Reno Gazette Journal how the buffet is using plastic barriers to separate hungry patrons from the food, while still having the ability to fill up their plates. There's a two-hour time limit on grazing, according to the story, which seems reasonable.
Plastics News (UK) 07/30/2020 13:19
Carmaker BMW has seen the future, and it is electric. "By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified models on the roads, as it systematically increases electrification across all brands and model series," Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development. A quarter of the BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe are projected to have electric drive trains by 2021; a third in 2025 and half in 2030. The lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles today are for the most part produced in China, with Europe lagging far behind.
Plastics News (UK) 07/30/2020 12:57
At Covestro's virtual 2020 annual meeting, broadcast on July 30, CEO Markus Steilemann had a relatively buoyant message. While acknowledging that 2020 remained "an exceptional year," with uncertain times, the company is on a clear course and well-positioned for the rest of the year. The CEO pointed to the past quarter, in which core sales plunged 22.7 percent in comparison with the prior-year quarter; a result reflected by the 1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) drop in sales to approximately 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion). Moreover, the effect is being amplified by the intensified pressure on prices. The good news was that although profit was down to 125 million euros ($147 million), compared to last year's 459 million euros ($541 million) the.

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