Kraton Performance Polymers Brings Poly-Isoprene Rubber Manufacturing to the U.S.

HOUSTON, Apr 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: "KRA"), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBC's" (together with Kraton Polymers LLC and its other subsidiaries "Kraton"), announced plans to invest approximately $27 million in its Belpre, Ohio plant to enable production of Poly-Isoprene Rubber. This strategic decision will allow Kraton to manufacture this product in the U.S. to support increased customer demand and the projected long-term needs of the market.

MagneMotion Offers Precision Control In Transport System

MagneMotion will introduce at Interphex the MagneMover LITE system, a transport system which employs MagneMotion’s Linear Synchronous Motor technology for the precise movement, positioning, and tracking of loads up to 2kg.

Methods Becomes North American Importer of Feeler Machine Tools

Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA) are now the exclusive importer of Fair Friend Group’s FEELER line of machine tools throughout North America. The Methods-FEELER line of machine tools will be available at Methods Technology Centers and at Methods distributors located across the U.S., in addition to Methods dealers in Canada and Mexico.

Tekni-Plex Inc. is Honored with Supplier Excellence Award

Tekni-Plex Inc. (King of Prussia, PA), a global, diversified manufacturer of packaging products and materials for the healthcare, consumer and food packaging industries, is selected to receive the Abbott 2010 Supplier Excellence Award. The award is in recognition of its outstanding contributions in support of Abbott in 2009.

OYSTAR Aerofill Dawson To Join OYSTAR Packaging Product Line

OYSTAR Packaging Technologies (Davenport, IA) is poised to become the world’s largest aerosol machinery manufacturer in April, when OYSTAR Aerofill Dawson is slated to complete its move into Packaging Technologies’ facility in Iowa. Aerofill Dawson-branded equipment will become part of the Packaging Technologies product line.

BCC Research Evaluates Latest Trends in Contract Pharmaceuticals

According to a new technical market research report from BCC Research (Wellesley, MA), the global market for contract pharmaceuticals is worth an estimated $177 billion in 2009, and is expected to increase to $299 billion in 2014, for a 5-year compound annual growth rate of 11.1%. The report, entitled “Contract Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Research, and Packaging,” examines the different types of contracting companies in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Unilife Development Projects Commence in Pennsylvania

Unilife Medical Solutions Ltd.’s (Lewisberry, PA) new global headquarters and production facility will enable the company to expand the business as it moves towards a NASDAQ listing, commercial production, and the signing of supply agreements with existing and future pharmaceutical customers. Unilife has signed agreements for the construction of its new global headquarters and commercial production facility in York, PA.

A&M Biomedical Receives ISO Certification from NSAI

A&M Biomedical (Laguna Hills, CA) has received ISO 13485:2003 certification from the National Standards Authority of Ireland Inc. A&M Biomedical offers medical device outsourcing services with an emphasis on quality and regulatory compliance.

Staying Up and Running with FFS

Form-fill-seal machines promote process efficiency, as production expands to vented pouches.

By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
Motor motion control for seal stations and forming tools on the CFS Tiromat Powerpak N
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New Facility Focuses on Efficiency and Traceability