North American shipments of primary plastics machinery were up 8% in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to figures released 22 Feb by the Plastics Industry Association's Committee on Equipment Statistics.
German plastic extrusion company Reifenhäuser Group has acquired blown film machinery supplier Plamex Maschinenbau GmbH, a move designed in particular to strengthen its offerings to the medical packaging industry.
With the introduction in the 1980s of increasingly stricter fuel-permeation regulations, the automotive industry adapted by switching to the use of multilayer fuel systems, in which a barrier layer is integrated.
A deadly explosion at one of the Caribbean region's major suppliers of PET preforms and bottles 5 Dec, was triggered by a seepage of liquid petroleum gas, the head of the island republic's fire service said.
For the US plastics machinery industry — as well as the entire plastics industry — 2018 was highlighted by the tough task of trying to figure out international trade wars, myriad tariffs and the rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement.