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JAN 2019

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Newcomer Nyltec Polymers Offers Novel Recycled PET/ Nylon Resin An engineering compound of a propri- etary nylon mixed with 90% recycled PET is newly available from startup company Nyltec Polymers, Marietta, Ga. (nyltecpolymers.com). Called NyLester, it reportedly matches the physical proper- ties of nylon 6. It boasts excellent surface appearance and is reportedly suitable for injection or blow molding, extrusion, thermoforming and rotomolding. One customer is running trials in 3D printing. Says company president Patrick Patin, "We blend our proprietary and patent- pending mix of nylons directly with recy- cled or virgin PET to make NyLester with no additives or chemical processes (just dry hoppers and an extruder). However, NyLester will accept additives, just like nylon 6, for reinforcement etc." Nyltec is working with an injection molder in China who will feed PET and NyLester masterbatch directly into an injection molding machine, saving time and money. Nyltec aims to sell NyLester to most buyers for $1.35/lb, which is much less than nylon 6. Bill Carteaux Passes Away Early on the morning of December 10, William R. (Bill) Carteaux, president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), passed away due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He was 59. The PLASTICS board has asked CEO Patty Long to step in as interim President & CEO. Carteaux was diagnosed with AML in 2016 and underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant. The disease went into remission, before recurring in July 2017 and again last November. Carteaux took charge of PLASTICS in February 2005. Under his direction, PLASTICS and its biggest event, NPE, underwent tremendous change, including a name change from the Society of the Plastics Industry, and the decision to move NPE from Chicago—its home since 1971—to Orlando, Fla., in 2012. Carteaux also sought to raise PLASTICS' stature as an advocate for the industry, pulling together different groups and companies within the industry to collaborate on combatting anti-plastics information and legislation, including work against bag bans and efforts to curb plastics debris in the oceans. He also sought to bring national plastics associations together for the benefit of the global plastics industry, most recently working alongside Canada's and Mexico's trade associations to present a united front on the renegotiation of NAFTA. Prior to leading PLASTICS, Carteaux held leadership positions at multiple plastics machinery manufacturers, including as president and CEO of Demag Plastics Group (1998-2005) and president of Autojectors (1990-1998). Carteaux earned a BS from Purdue University in 1984 and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan. Carteaux also served on the boards of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Association of Manufacturers. Austrian LSR Tooling & Systems Supplier Now Represented in U.S. ACH Solution USA Inc., Sarasota, Fla. (ach-solution.com), is the new exclusive North American representative for ACH Solution GmbH of Austria. General manager of the U.S. company is Steven Broadbent, who has over 25 years in the rubber indus- try, including more than 10 years as techni- cal sales engineer for thermoset molding systems at Engel Machinery Inc. ACH Solution builds LSR molds with cold-runner valve-gate systems, including the company's ServoShot system that allows digital setting of differ- ent pin-opening positions for flow control (see March Keeping Up for details). ACH Solution also makes automation solutions for LSR molding and secondary operations; it also supplies MiniMix and MaxiMix dosing pumps and complete turnkey LSR molding systems. Krones Acquires MHT for PET Tooling Krones, a major supplier of PET bottle blowing, filling, capping, labeling, handling and packaging systems, has broadened its turnkey capabilities with two recent acquisitions. In April 2018, Krones purchased a 70% interest in Integrated Plastics Systems AG of Switzerland, which provides preform and bottle design and acts as a system integrator for PET preform injection molding systems for the beverage industry. Then, this past November, Krones bought MHT Holding AG of Germany, the parent of MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology, which builds PET preform injection molds and hot-runner systems. 6 JANUARY 2019 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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