Inergy building plants in China, India
PARIS Inergy Automotive Systems is building two new fuel systems plants in Asia, including its first plant in India.
The plant near Chennai, India, will make fuel systems for a Japanese automaker's plant in Bangalore, said Paris-based Inergy in a June 18 news release.
Another plant, near Beijing, will make parts for a Hyundai Motor Co. vehicle beginning in 2010. It will be Inergy's second facility in China since it launched production in 2008 in Wuhan.
Inergy is a joint venture of Plastic Omnium and Solvay SA and blow molds multilayer fuel tanks in 17 countries.
Firms sign nanotechnology agreements
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. Technology firm Nano-Terra Inc. has deals with Bayer MaterialScience AG and Honeywell International Inc. to develop new polymer surfaces using nanotechnology.
Nano-Terra of Cambridge will work with Leverkusen, Germany-based Bayer to create films based on Bayer's polycarbonate and polyurethane resins for use in automotive and electronic parts and displays, officials said in a recent news release.
With Morristown, N.J.-based Honeywell, Nano-Terra will research the fabrication of thin films for military and commercial aerospace applications, officials said. Honeywell's product mix includes a variety of specialty resins and films.
Nano-Terra is a privately held firm supported by more than 50 nanotechnology patents held by George Whitesides of Harvard University.
ITW expands in recycling via purchase
KANKAKEE, ILL. ITW Plastic Packaging plans to reprocess a wider range of materials at a plastics recycling plant that the company purchased in December.
ITW Plastic Packaging, a unit of Glenview, Ill.-based Illinois Tool Works Inc., bought Blue Ridge Plastics LLC of Eden, N.C., on Dec. 5.
Blue Ridge, which has been in operation since 2003, reprocesses post-consumer and post-industrial high density polyethylene and polypropylene for the industrial and agricultural markets.
Kankakee-based ITW Plastic Packaging manufactures transport packaging including plastic slip sheets and tier sheets. The company said it is pleased with Blue Ridge's location and efficient manufacturing operation.
The size of the facility gives us room to expand and add more capacity as our volumes increase. We expect to be processing a wider range of materials as we utilize our synergies with other ITW units in the coming years, said Keith Anderson, ITW Plastic Packaging manager.
UMass honoring faculty at NPE-Antec
CHICAGO Alumni of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell are honoring five veteran faculty members this week at NPE2009 and the Antec conference during a reception and dinner. NPE-goers can get tickets from Gail Sheehy at the exhibit of A. Routsis Associates Inc. (Booth S8022).
The Lowell-ites will celebrate more than 200 years of combined educational service from these five professors: Rudy Deanin, Aldo Crugnola, Stephen Orroth, Stephen Driscoll and Nick Schott.
NPE features eight helpful floor kiosks
CHICAGO Last-minute changes on the show floor are inevitable, but attendees and exhibitors will not be surprised if they use Product Locators to chart their paths through NPE2009.
There are 30 terminals in eight kiosks at key locations throughout the McCormick Place complex. The terminals are easy to find and use, and let users locate exhibitors and sessions quickly.
Product Locators run the Map Your Show database, which includes all the latest changes.
The locators gives show-goers access to show planners they may have started on the NPE Web site before coming to Chicago, or lets them build planners on-site that will map their trips through the show floor. Complete session information is also included.