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Amcor & Bemis Combine to Form 'Global Leader' in Flexible Packaging Two giants in global production of flexible and rigid plastics packaging have agreed to combine to form an even bigger processor. Amcor Ltd. (amcor.com) of Melbourne, Australia, and Zurich, Switzerland, will acquire Bemis Co. Inc. of Neenah, Wis. (bemis.com), to form a new entity, also to be called Amcor. It will have total sales of around $13 billion, over 250 plants world- wide, and around 50,000 employees. A joint announce- ment said the new firm will be "the global leader" in both flexible packaging and consumer packaging. The "new Amcor" will earn 70% of its revenues from flexible packag- ing. Amcor identified flexible packaging in the Americas as a key growth priority, and this move is a big step in that direction. The merger will add Bemis' leading market positions in North America and Brazil to Amcor's leading positions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Double IMD + IML Injection Molding To Be Demonstrated at Fakuma At next month's Fakuma 2018 show in Germany, KraussMaffei (U.S. office in Florence, Ky.; kraussmaffeigroup.us) will demonstrate sophisticated applications for two new all-electric presses. Its highly modular PX series is being expanded at both ends of the size range with the new PX 320 (320 metric tons) and PX 25 (25 m.t.). The larger unit is showing off a new capability developed by Leonhard Kurz in Germany (Kurz Transfer Products is in Charlotte, N.C.; kurzusa.com). Earlier this year, Kurz revealed its patent-pending IMD SI Duo technology at the KraussMaffei Competence Forum at KM's headquarters in Munich. This system allows two independent heat-transfer foils to be transported reel-to-reel through a two-cavity mold. The two in-mold decorating (IMD) films trans- fer the printed decoration to the plastic part under the influence of heat and pres- sure during molding. According to KraussMaffei, IMD options for multicavity molds before now were limited to continuous designs and flat parts. Single-image designs with precise positions reportedly were not possible. Kurz has remedied that with a servo- controlled positioning unit for each IMD film, which is integrated into the PX machine. The system uses sensors beside the films to read registration marks on the films for positioning accuracy within 0.01 mm. At Fakuma, this double-IMD process will be supplemented with in-mold labeling (IML) to produce a 10-in. HMI (human-machine interface) display with integrated electronics, black decorative frame, and scratch- proof coating. A six-axis robot will insert the IML film with printed conductor paths in the stationary mold half. On the moving mold half, two IMD films provide differ- ent single-image decorations for two cavities. One of them has a UV-curable top coat for scratch resistance, which is cured outside the mold. This is followed by a laser station that removes flakes and flash and cuts off the sprue. The IMD cell is a mobile unit that can be rapidly docked to different machines. Meanwhile, KM will also demonstrate at Fakuma its smallest PX model, the new PX 25, in an LSR micromolding application. For this purpose, KM developed a new 12-mm-diam. screw with a spring-loaded check valve. Resin-Drying Icon Charles Sears Dies at 78 Charles Sears, founder and presi- dent of Dri-Air Industries, E. Windsor, Conn., passed away on Aug. 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Sears started Dri-Air in 1985. Before that he worked for Polymer Machinery, Auto- mated Assemblies and Nelmor (AEC). He received his BSME from North- eastern University and MME from RPI. Under his guidance and leadership, Dri-Air quickly became a leading supplier of drying systems. Dri-Air Industries is a family owned and operated company that employs 27. Sears is survived by his wife Esther, who manages accounting for the company; son Jason, who has been with the company 27 years and runs its opera- tions; his wife and their two sons; and daughter Wendy O'Seep, her husband Greg, and their two children. General Polymers to Distribute Lotte Chemical PP Compounds In North America Two-year-old and fast-growing North American resin distributor General Polymers Thermoplastic Materials, Clarkston, Mich. (gp-materials.com), has expanded its portfolio with a new distribution agreement with Lotte Chemical Alabama, Auburn, Ala. (lottechemal.com). Since the startup of its Auburn compounding facility in 2012, South Korea-based Lotte has become a major provider of prime branded PP compounds. These include short- and long-glass- reinforced PP, mineral-reinforced PP, and TPO compounds. The company's Surpran long-glass PP, manufactured via a pultrusion process, includes glass levels from 20% to 60%. 6 SEPTEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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