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Visit Cannon at Fakuma 2014

Cannon at Fakuma The 23rd edition of Fakuma – the International trade fair for plastics processing taking place in Friedrichshafen, Germany since more than 30 years – will be held from 14 to 18 October, 2014. The twelve halls of the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre on Lake Constance are fully booked out, with 1288 exhibitors from 32 countries. Cannon will be present at this important event with a stand in Hall 1, managed by Cannon Deutschland. Read More

Chevron Phillips breaks ground on PE resin plants

Chevron Phillips breaks ground Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has broken ground for two new polyethylene units in Old Ocean, Texas, that will have combined annual production capacities of more than 2 billion pounds. The firm — based in The Woodlands, Texas — broke ground at a June 17 ceremony that was attended by company officials, as well as representatives from the nearby cities of Sweeny and West Columbia, Brazoria County and the state of Texas. Read More

Manufacturing experts from multiple industries to speak at GSAM 2014 on best practices for successful manufacturing operations

GSAM 2014 The Global Summit for Advanced Manufacturing (GSAM)- created for manufacturers, by manufacturers, and about manufacturers- issued its final program for the inaugural GSAM 2014, which takes place in San Francisco on July 9-10. Co-located with SEMICON West 2014, GSAM 2014 will feature an impressive line-up of speakers presenting case studies and best practices that can be applied across multiple industries-including robotics, materials science, chemical engineering, electronics, textiles and big data analytics. Read More

Bayer plastic for extraordinary architecture at the soccer World Cup

Bayer at the World Cup The weather in Brasilia is wildly erratic. Scorching heat, then heavy rain. The 70,000 spectators at the new Estádio Nacional, one of the venues for this year's soccer World Cup, have to be protected against both. The solution is an extraordinary roof structure that is every bit as beautiful as it is functional. Sheets of a transparent, high-performance plastic from Bayer MaterialScience fend off the rain and the sun's rays. Read More


PE Blog

In situ molding is more than a possibility

PE May Blog In situ molding could be the answer to mass producing engineering thermoplastic composites, especially metal-replacing structural parts for future cars. In situ molding mixes melted monomers of a polymer in two parts, one with catalyst, the other with activator, and puts them into a heated mold where they polymerize. For PA6 they polymerize at a temperature over the melt temperature of the monomer, but below the melt temperature of the polymer. The reaction is anionic "ring-opening" addition for PA 6 and PC or conventional chain addition for PA 6.6. Other condensation polymers that could potentially be molded in situ include PMMA, PBT, TPU, and PEK and copolymers are possible. Read More


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Product Focus

New plastics technology improves sustainability of Mrs. Dash packaging

Meredith-Springfield and Mrs. Dash Meredith-Springfield Associates, Inc., a world-class plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major brands like Mrs. Dash, owned by B&G Foods. "An analysis of the Mrs. Dash packaging process revealed the need to create a more sustainable bottle," said President and Chief Executive Officer of Meredith-Springfield, Mel O’Leary, Jr. While sustainable packaging has become a point of interest for manufacturers with regards to environmental benefits, significant cost-savings can also be realized. Read More


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July/August 2014 Markets: Automotive resins (engineering thermoplastics & thermosets), part design tools (CAD & software), primary equipment & tooling for fiber composites, blow molding machinery & tooling, failure analysis

 
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