PE bag panel files anti-dumping petition
WASHINNGTON - On June 20, U.S. producers that comprise the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee filed an anti-dumping petition against imports of PE retail carrier bags from China, Malaysia and Thailand. The bags include plastic merchandise bags, T-shirt sacks, grocery sacks and shopping bags.
The petition claims that the plastic bags are being sold in the United States at dumping margins up to 122 percent for China, 78 percent for Malaysia and 117 percent for Thailand. This has resulted in a surge of imports from the three countries, causing a decline in U.S. market share, employment and profits.
The U.S. International Trade Commission will begin an investigation to determine whether there is a reasonable indication that the domestic industry is materially injured or threatened with injury with the imports. A determination is expected within 45 days.
The petitioners include Inteplast Group Ltd., PCL Packaging Inc., Sonoco Products Co., Superbag Corp. and Vanguard Plastics Inc. In addition, Omega Plastics Corp., Orange Plastics Inc., Trinity Packaging Corp. and Unistar Plastics LLC have indicated their support for the petition. Two Canadian producers, Hymopack Ltd. and Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd., also support the petition.
Ube debuts in-mold auto part painting
CHICAGO - An in-mold painting demonstration drew crowds to Ube Machinery Inc.'s booth, as NPE-goers grabbed Class A motorcycle side covers using the Imprest process from the Japanese injection press maker.
Normally, plastic automotive parts need to be painted outside of the mold, in a separate step. That means painting is not usually done at NPE, Ube said. But Imprest does it all right inside the mold. After the part is molded, the tool is opened, liquid paint is injected and the tool is closed again. The process does not produce any volatile organic compounds, according to Ube.
Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. supplies the paint.
Ube gave NPE visitors an early look. While Imprest is being used in Japan, the technology will not be available in the United States until 2005.
Jason Forgash, Ube's regional sales manager for injection molding, said Imprest needs to be used on an Ube all-electric injection molding machines because of the high precision of the press.
In other news, Ube officials announced it has started to build all-electric presses at its U.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kass moves to bigger site, seeks workers
Chicago - Kass Corp. is ready to expand, moving into a new facility later this summer and seeking new employees.
The blow molding automation company founded by Alan Thatcher in 2001 unveiled its DF400T-10M automated spin trimmer at NPE 2003 in Chicago.
The trimmer has high-speed vertical deflashing, reaming and rotary trim with 19 servos and three stations, capable of finishing up to 90 parts per minute.
Thatcher spent more than 20 years in the industry, with Machine Tool & Mold and MTM Systems Inc., before launching Kass. The company now has seven employees. Its new 6,000-square-foot building in Carrollton, Texas, is double the size of the existing plant. Kass said now it can focus on the specific trimming needs within blow molding, making it possible to respond more quickly to customer needs.
NPE registration way down from 2000
CHICAGO - Registration at NPE 2003 bumped up slightly to 62,903, remaining well behind the level set at the record-setting NPE 2000 show three years ago.
That figure is the total as of 3 p.m. on June 26.
Looking back to the 2000 show, registration had reached 88,305 by the fourth day. Based on those figures, registration in 2003 is down about 28 percent.