Money sustains PVC, not industry's ethics
I have enjoyed your unbiased reporting of the vinyl issue for many years. You have always given time to both sides of the PVC issue. I am very close by where the World Vinyl Forum was held and decided to pop over. I was astonished that they were asking $750 for on-site registering, so I appreciate your update.
However, and you knew that was coming, I question very strongly the stats that all these paid consultants and other executives were espousing as reasons why vinyl is sustainable. At $750 a pop I can get a whole lot of executives together who will tell you that they are not as optimistic as the Robert Brookmans of the world. Thermoview is switching to ABS, Owen Corning is getting out of the vinyl siding business, Keysor is stopping PVC resin production, and Louisiana is suing Dow. These are just a few of your most recent stories in Plastics News.
North American vinyl plants will drop from 64 to 38 by 2010, not because of size, but because the liability is not worth the risk. The vinyl industry has always preyed upon the poor and that is the reason why manufacturing in China and India will increase. Vinyl may in fact grow, but only because they don't give a hoot about the environment and the public health, and they will take their poison to underdeveloped countries.
The bottom line is, vinyl is unhealthy and should be banned. If you have enough money, anything is sustainable.
Polibak Plastics America Inc.
CPSC closure rules new to small molder
Thank you for your Dec. 16, Page 1 story ``Closure makers tackle kid-proof twist.''
We are a small closure molding company. This is the first time that I heard about the Consumer Product Safety Commission's guidelines. It looks like the big companies got information on these guidelines a long time ago. Not us. We do not have the resources to invent and test a new product.
Does this mean that the small companies are doomed? Does anybody really believe that after opening a cumbersome device that the device will be closed properly again? It will stay open for easy access of the content to everybody.
I think that parents have to be more responsible for their children. Almost everybody tries to blame somebody else for their problems.
N.V. Consortium Inc.
Disabled man seeks injection machine
My disability keeps me close to home, but I have a very good business mind and have loved the process of injection molding since I was introduced to it 12 years ago by a friend.
I have tried all avenues to locate a small, hopefully affordable injection molding unit to run as a hobby or for someone. My goal is not to gain wealth, but the enjoyment of running the machine.
Do you know of any company that can assist me in setting up a small injection press in my home? I will gladly keep the machine in top condition. All I would hope to make is enough to pay off the machine and operating expenses.
I do not seek a wage - for to me it is not a job but pure pleasure and I will be running it up to four hours a day as therapy. I do not need any special tooling, I just need it to run on either 110 or 220 volts and be small enough to fit in my front room. I am told there are such small machines out there. If so, please help me find one.