Tubing maker adds rooftop solar panels
SOUTHAMPTON, PA. Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries Inc. has been awarded a $1 million solar energy program grant from Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development. The money will help fund the purchase and installation of a 1-megawatt rooftop solar panel system.
The array will generate more than half of Southampton-based NewAge's energy needs.
At NewAge we place a high value on being a responsible manufacturer and considerate member of our community, CEO Ken Baker said in a news release. By installing the largest solar project in Bucks County, we are helping the environment while reducing our energy costs significantly.
The project will receive federal grant dollars as well.
Borrego Solar Systems Inc. has begun the project by upgrading the plant's roof to support more than 4,000 solar panels. The array will cover about three-quarters of the rooftop on the 244,000-square-foot building.
The completion date for the entire project, including the generation of electricity, is during the first quarter of 2011. Its expected cost is $4.1 million.
New report addresses recycled content
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is out with a new report regarding opportunities and challenges for using recycled content in plastic packaging.
Guidelines for Increasing Post Consumer Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging addresses common issues and strategies, the Charlottesville-based coalition said.
Using recycled content is an environmental strategy that is understood and embraced by consumers, so there's significant market demand to change the way we make plastic packaging, said Katherine O'Dea, who led the SPC research and authored the report.
The report is available free to SPC members and for $75 to non-SPC members.
Toyo to make parts for Husky all-electric
BOLTON, ONTARIO Japanese injection press builder Toyo Machinery and Metal Co. Ltd. will supply components and subassemblies for the new all-electric machines from Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Husky announced Sept. 21.
Bolton-based Husky will introduce its first-ever all-electric presses at K 2010 next month in Dusseldorf, Germany: the H-PET AE, designed for molding PET preforms and the H-MED AE for medical molding. The AE stands for all-electric.
Husky did not specify what components and assemblies that Toyo will provide. Marketing Vice President Jeff MacDonald declined to give details. The AE machines join Husky technology and intellectual property with certain components and assemblies from a leading maker of all-electric presses, MacDonald said. We chose to work with Toyo because of the proven quality and performance of their technology, he said.
MacDonald said Husky spent nearly two years evaluating and developing the right combination of technologies for the presses. At K, it will release details about the AE, including clamping-force range and drive technology.
First American Plastic boosts capacity
SOUTH BELOIT, ILL. First American Plastic Molding Enterprise has added two 850-ton Milacron presses one at its 39,000-square-foot headquarters plant in South Beloit and the other at its 22,000-square-foot plant in Ocean Springs, Miss.
Currently, First American has 24 horizontal presses from 40-850 tons of clamping force and a 150-ton multistation rotary-dial vertical-clamp unit, which it recently brought on line.
The presses allow us to take on new, bigger projects and serve our biggest customers, Vice President Steve Erickson said in a news release. The added equipment will also free up machine time on our 725-ton Cincinnati.
The company offers assembly, testing, decorating, packaging, drop shipping and design.
Solvay restructuring to cut 800 jobs
BRUSSELS Solvay SA is undertaking a major reorganization that will result in 800 fewer jobs.
Brussels-based Solvay decided to restructure before reinvesting proceeds from the sale last year of its pharmaceuticals business. Solvay said it hopes the move will bring it a world-leading position in its markets. The job cuts will trim annual costs by about 65 million euros ($86.8 million), the firm said.
The firm will create global business unit for Specialty Polymers and Special Chemicals, respectively based in Bollate, Italy, and Seoul, South Korea. Four small teams focusing on market strategy will be formed: Specialty Polymers, Special Chemicals, Essential Chemicals and Vinyls.
Solvay also plans to create a new Innovation Center under the direction of a chief scientific and innovation officer.