FANUC Rolls Out Its SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA Robots
December 14, 2017
FANUC Corp. introduced its SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA robots at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo this past December. The new SCARA robots are designed for pick and place, assembly, testing and inspection, and packaging processes in industries ranging from consumer electronics to auto components to plastics to medical device manufacturing.
Milacron Expands Quick Delivery Program
December 14, 2017
Milacron Holdings Corp. has expanded its injection molding machine quick delivery program, the company said. The European market will be included in the expansion with deliveries taking as little as two weeks. This European expansion matches delivery times for Milacron’s program in the Americas.
Opaque Polymers Market to Grow at 10.7% CAGR by 2022
December 14, 2017
The opaque polymers market is poised to grow at a 10.7 percent compound annual growth rate between 2017 and 2022, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. Market value is expected to reach $2.82 billion by 2022.
Packaging to Play Pivotal Role in Reducing Food, Product Waste in 2018
December 14, 2017
Packaging trends will focus on sustainability and the reduction of global food and product waste in 2018, according to market intelligence agency Mintel.
PinnPACK Gets Exclusive North American Rights for Sustainable Food Tray
December 14, 2017
PinnPACK, an Oxnard, Calif.-based thermoforming company that specializes in sustainable food packaging, acquired the exclusive North American rights to manufacture and distribute the DeLight Ltd. hybrid foodservice tray.
Suresh Shah Wins SPE’s Automotive Division’s Lifetime Achievement Award
November 2, 2017
Dr. Suresh Shah, a retired senior technical fellow at Delphi Corp., was named the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Shah will be honored at the 47th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on Nov. 8 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.
Carlisle Completes $670 Million Cash Purchase of Accella Performance Materials
November 1, 2017
Carlisle Companies Inc. has acquired Accella Performance Materials, a specialty polyurethane company, from Arsenal Capital Partners in a $670 million all-cash deal, the companies announced. The deal was completed Wednesday after being announced back in early October.
Atlanta’s ColorChem to Bring China’s GreenTop Pigments to U.S. Market
October 26, 2017
Baotou Hongbo Te Technology Co. Ltd. named Atlanta-based ColorChem International Corp. as the exclusive U.S. distributor of its GreenTopTM cerium-based pigments.
Fish Promoted to COO at Tekni-Plex
October 25, 2017
Glenn Fish was recently promoted to chief operating officer at Wayne, N.J.-based Tekni-Plex Inc. He was previously the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president.
Jason Lyons Appointed SPE’s Vice President of Divisions
October 18, 2017
Dr. Jason Lyons was named vice president of divisions for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) by President Raed Al Zu’bi. Lyons succeeds Creig Bowland, who resigned in August. In addition to his new post, Lyons also joins the SPE executive board as the primary leadership interface for SPE divisions. Additionally, he will serve as a member of the ANTEC® Task Force.
Stephanie Clark Named SPE’s Senior Director of Sales and Advertising
October 13, 2017
The Society Plastics Engineers appointed Stephanie Clark as its senior director of sales and advertising, the organization announced Friday.
Aurora Plastics Acquires S&E Specialty Polymers
October 11, 2017
Aurora Plastics LLC acquired S&E Specialty Polymers, a move the company hopes will help it expand its PVC business, Aurora announced Wednesday.
Procter & Gamble Launches 100 Percent Recycled Fairy Ocean Plastic Bottle
October 6, 2017
The Procter & Gamble Co. released its Fairy Ocean plastic bottle, made completely from post-consumer recycled plastic and plastic retrieved from the ocean.
Rising Demand for Eco-Friendly Packaging to Drive Bioplastics Market Over Seven Years
October 2, 2017
The desire for eco-friendly and resource-efficient packaging will help buoy the global bioplastic packaging market over the next seven years, according to Hexa Research, a market research organization. Grand View Research, another market research firm, estimates the bioplastics market will grow at a 20 percent compound annual growth rate over the eight years between 2016 and 2024.
Fast Food Joints and Quick-Service Restaurants to Propel Food Service Packaging to $84.33 Billion Industry by 2022
September 27, 2017
Growing demand from fast food joints, takeout places, and quick-service restaurants will drive the global food service packaging market over the next five years, according to Markets and Markets, a research firm. The market size is projected to climb at a 5.23 percent compound annual growth rate to $84.33 billion by 2022.
Active Packaging Market Poised to Climb Globally
September 25, 2017
Active packaging is about to get a whole lot more active. The global active and intelligent packaging market took in US$13.75 billion in 2016, and those numbers are expected to climb at a 9.25 percent compound annual growth rate by 2021 to US$23.38 million, according to research firm Mordor Intelligence.
Packaging Technologies Fight Food Waste
September 25, 2017
A whopping one third – 1.3 billion tons – of the food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost every year. Americans throw out about 40 percent of the food they purchase annually, the equivalent of $165 billion.
Taking 3D Printing to the Hoop: PEAK Introduces 3D-Printed Basketball Boot
September 20, 2017
PEAK, the Beijing-based sports brand, is hoping to score with its new 3D-printed basketball boot.
SPE Announces Russell Broome Stepping Down As Managing Director
August 10, 2017
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced today that Russell Broome will step down as Managing Director.
SPE Announces Pat Farrey as its New Chief Executive Officer
May 4, 2017
SPE(Society of Plastics Engineers) has appointed Patrick Farrey as its new Chief Executive Officer.
New Clariant Hostatint™ UV range for easy & safe coloration of radiation cured coating systems
April 20, 2017
Clariant unveiled a complete color range of high-performance, easy to use colorants for UV cured wood coatings at the European Coatings Show 2017.
Perstorp’s Pevalen™ non-phthalate PVC plasticizer obtains FDA compliance for key food contact applications
April 19, 2017
Pevalen™ can now be used in the USA in important food processing applications
TA Instruments Press Release: Announcing Rheology Practical Training Webinars
April 17, 2017
TA Instruments announces a new series of online practical scientific training webinars focusing on rheological analysis
SPE to Recognize 'Honored Service Members' at ANTEC® 2017
April 6, 2017
At next month’s SPE ANTEC® 2017, SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) will introduce three new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.
Ascend Performance Materials names Phil McDivitt CEO
April 3, 2017
Ascend Performance Materials announced that company president and chief operating officer Phil McDivitt has assumed the title of president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors.
Fiber-Reinforced Plastics in Wind Turbines Rose from 25 to 114 Million Pounds in a Decade
February 8, 2017
Demand for fiber-reinforced plastic composites in the manufacture of wind turbine components is forecast to expand 5.9 percent per year through 2020 to 152 million pounds.
KraussMaffei at JEC World Paris: More speed in pultrusion
February 6, 2017
By adopting a new approach KraussMaffei Reaction Process Machinery strives for a whole new level of performance in pultrusion, the continuous molding process for the manufacture of high-filled fiber-reinforced plastic components.
Roche Diabetes Care chooses DuPont™ Delrin® to develop its renowned Accu-Chek® LinkAssist Plus application
February 1, 2017
Roche Diabetes Care selected low-friction DuPont™ Delrin® acetal homopolymer from DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) for its renowned insulin placement assistant named the Accu-Chek® LinkAssist Plus.
Koplas 2017: Arburg presents cost-effective injection moulding
January 31, 2017
This year, Arburg is represented with its own exhibition stand for the first time at the Koplas, South Korea's most important trade fair for the country's plastics industry.
3M’s Newest Innovation Drives Lightweighting Potential
January 24, 2017
The universal capabilities of 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Multi-Material Composite Urethane Adhesives make them a new standard for composite assembly
Welch's and Blue Marble Biomaterials Announce Planned Collaboration
December 13, 2016
Welch Foods, Inc. and biochemical manufacturer Blue Marble Biomaterials announced their intention to collaborate to bring naturally derived biochemicals to the public.
SPE seeks new CEO as De Vos returns to Industry
December 8, 2016
SPE announces that its CEO, Willem De Vos, will leave the organization in 2017.
KraussMaffei at Swiss Plastics: High precision in silicone processing
December 7, 2016
At the Swiss Plastics Expo exhibition (January 24 to 26, 2017), KraussMaffei will be demonstrating how a PX 50-180 SilcoSet can satisfy medical requirements with high precision and productivity in the growth market of silicone.
Plastics Industry Association Drops SPI, Announces New Way Forward
December 6, 2016
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced its new name, Plastics Industry Association, PLASTICS for short, and unveiled a new website, demonstrating that as the plastics industry grows and evolves, so does the association.
DuPont and Longxi Achieve a Breakthrough in Self-lubricating Spherical Bearings for Aircraft
December 1, 2016
DuPont and Fujian Longxi Bearing (Group) Corporation Limited have teamed up to achieve a breakthrough in the use of self-lubricating spherical bearings in aircraft design which will improve performance and reduce cost for aerospace companies.
Introducing the Computrac Vapor Pro XL
August 15, 2016
Arizona Instrument LLC is proud to announce the release of the Computrac® Vapor Pro® XL – the latest in a long line of accurate, reliable and easy to use moisture analyzers.
Dymax Introduces BlueWave® MX-150™ LED Spot-Curing System
August 11, 2016
Dymax Corporation introduces the BlueWave® MX-150™ - a new smaller LED spot-curing system with unique curing flexibility.
Additive Manufacturing Technique Extends Life of Sensors
August 9, 2016
An additive manufacturing technique called Direct Metal Deposition developed by O.R. Lasertechnologie in Dieburg, Germany enables reliable protection of sensor elements by means of a hard alloy.
Lightweighting Remains Top Focus for Automakers to Meet CAFE Standards
August 8, 2016
Taking weight out of vehicles and engine efficiency programs continue to top the list of strategies for automakers as the industry looks for ways to meet 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.
Modern Dispersions Inc. to Launch New Blue-Tone Carbon Black Masterbatches for Automotive Market at K 2016
August 5, 2016
Modern Dispersions Inc. announced the availability of blue-tone carbon black masterbatches for use in automotive interior applications.
Machine Shops Using Coolant Recycling Systems from Eriez® HydroFlow® Report 50 Percent Reduction in Fluid Purchases and Decreased Disposal Costs
March 16, 2016
With manufacturing still in the recovery phase of the economic cycle, machine shops seeking to cut costs are finding a solution with Eriez® HydroFlow® Coolant Recycling Systems.
US Bulk Chemical Exports to Increase in 2016 and Beyond as Shale Gas-Derived Production Expansions Come Online
March 1, 2016
Despite low crude oil prices, new U.S. shale gas-derived chemical expansions continue to move forward, and more than 100 million metric tons of new capacity will be added in the U.S. chemical industry by 2025.
Huntsman Advanced Materials offers one-stop resource in composite parts production
February 26, 2016
Huntsman Advanced Materials is now improving processes, products and performance levels to deliver a one-stop resource for more efficient composite parts production.
New blow molding machines for milk containers from BEKUM
February 25, 2016
The current BEKUM packaging machine series has been expanded by two additional models.
Lower Energy Costs, Higher Temperatures, More Flexibility Characterize New Temperature Control Units from Conair
February 10, 2016
Processors can save up to $740/year in pumping energy costs with these new, super-efficient temperature control units (TCUs) from Conair Group.
SpecialChem and SPE partner to bring Universal Raw Material Selector to SPE Membership
February 4, 2016
SPE and SpecialChem announced a partnership that will offer SPE members full access to SpecialChem’s Universal Selector database of plastics and additives.
Dow Corning Helps Shape the Future of Medical Device Design with New Additions to Silicone Elastomer Product Families
February 3, 2016
To help OEMs, fabricators and designers take advantage of this growth, Dow Corning has launched three new advanced bio-medical grade liquid silicone rubber materials.
Milliken features all-round improvements for lighter vehicle parts at VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering 2016
February 1, 2016
Milliken focuses on improving all-round mechanical performance and aesthetics of lightweight polypropylene and polyurethane parts.
Metabolix Launches New Amorphous PHA Grades as Performance Additives for PVC and PLA
January 21, 2016
Metabolix starts up expanded U.S. pilot plant to produce this innovative line of specialty biopolymers.
Research study findings show that coffee capsule barrier performance varies significantly across types, brands
January 20, 2016
A new research study conducted by Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) uncovers significant performance and barrier differences in capsules used for coffee and other applications.
ChemChina to acquire KraussMaffei Group for €925million
January 14, 2016
China’s leading chemicals group, China National Chemical Corporation (“ChemChina”), has agreed to acquire KraussMaffei Group from Onex Corporation for a cash enterprise value of €925million.
Clariant Presents Colors for 2017 in the Newest Edition of ColorForward
January 12, 2016
Clariant has released ColorForward® 2017, the 11th annual color forecasting guide for the plastics industry.
BASF drives effective design through high-performance materials at CHINAPLAS 2016
January 11, 2016
At CHINAPLAS 2016, BASF will showcase a range of new innovations demonstrating the power of high-performance materials to enable high-performance design.
New Chemineer™ JT-2 Impeller Offers Superior Blending in Transitional Flow
January 7, 2016
The new Chemineer JT-2 Impeller has been developed for superior blending in transitional flow. Higher viscosity and non-Newtonian fluids make blending much more challenging.
Graham Engineering and Conair enter into reciprocal equipment consignment agreement focused on extrusion of medical tubing
January 6, 2016
As part of ongoing collaboration in extrusion process development, Graham Engineering Corporation and The Conair Group have agreed on an exchange of equipment that will be used in each company’s extrusion laboratory for development and innovation of technology for medical tubing
SABIC Announces Large Format Touch Sensor Capability with 2.5 and 3D Formability
January 5, 2016
At the Consumer Electronics Show, SABIC will introduce a transparent, conductive polycarbonate film that represents a new class of display materials with outstanding transmittance and resistance.
DSM Dyneema Unveils Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology, Combining Exceptional Protection and Wearer Comfort
January 4, 2016
DSM Dyneema debuts Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology, a patented anti-stab material for soft armor applications.
Dow and DuPont to Combine in $130-billion Merger of Equals, Creating Industry’s Largest Deal to Date, Says IHS
December 14, 2015
Dow Chemical and DuPont have announced a plan to merge, combining two U.S. industrial and chemical icons in a deal valued at more than $130 billion, which dwarfs the industry’s largest deal to date.
New DuPont™ Zytel® HTN Grade Helps Make Precise USB Type-C 3.1 Connectors
December 10, 2015
DuPont™ Zytel® HTN high-performance polyamide resin has been selected for use in reversible-plug USB Type-C connectors.
Amsler Designs, Builds and Delivers a Next-Generation Single-Cavity Machine
December 4, 2015
Amsler Equipment Inc. has just completed its first next-generation single-cavity LM15X PET stretch blow molding machine.
Increasing quality and efficiency with system solutions from a single source
December 2, 2015
At the Saudi Plastics and Petrochem trade fair, ENGEL's exhibits will revolve around the manufacture of bottle caps, thin-walled packaging, and consumables for medical and laboratory use.
Ashland aids pharmaceutical manufacturers with formulation services, solid dosage research and novel technology for therapeutics and bioavailability enhancement
November 30, 2015
Ashland is explaining their formulation services to manufacturers at CPhI India that require assistance in tailoring polymer-based drug delivery systems for optimal bioavailability, stability and patient compliance.
Low Hardness TPE Elastomer for Weather Seals
November 24, 2015
PolymaxTPE has developed a low hardness TPE elastomer exhibiting better performance than that of thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) widely used in weather seals.
DSM’s EcoPaXX selected for new high temperature resistant abrasive monofilament from Hahl-Pedex
November 17, 2015
DSM announced that its high performance bio-based EcoPaXX® polyamide has been chosen as the basis for a series of new high temperature resistant abrasive monofilaments.
Trinseo to Feature Biocompatibility-Tested Resin Portfolio at COMPAMED 2015
November 16, 2015
Trinseo will feature its biocompatibility-tested resins at COMPAMED 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany from November 16 -19.
DuPont Named 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator
November 13, 2015
Thomson Reuters has named DuPont a 2015 Top Global Innovator, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has been named to the prestigious list.
Ashland to provide builders with hands-on education about composites at the 2015 Greenbuild
November 11, 2015
Ashland Performance Materials continues its sponsorship of the composite building materials website CompositeBuild.com.
Covestro brings color into play
November 10, 2015
At Covestro headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, the materials manufacturer, which formerly operated under the name Bayer MaterialScience, is using an art project to focus attention on its new company name.
World’s first renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics
November 9, 2015
Perstorp is introducing renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics, which builds on the Capa™ Lactide technology, which enables a high renewable content in combination with vast opportunities to develop products with optimized performance for different bioplastic applications.
Huntsman Advanced Materials epoxy resins, making waves with luxury boat project
October 30, 2015
Scout Boats Inc. has unveiled its much-anticipated model to an expectant audience, confirming the vessel as its newest flagship and LXF Series fleet leader.
Milacron’s Innovative Klear Can™ Passes Critical Food Safety Tests
October 26, 2015
Milacron Holdings Corp. announced its Klear Can technology has undergone and passed an important food safety test and is undergoing additional testing with a number of select prospects.
PolyOne Launches Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites in Brilliant Colors
October 14, 2015
PolyOne is unveiling new bold color and extrusion options within the reSound™ Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites portfolio at Fakuma International Trade Fair.
At 80, DuPont Nylon is Still Changing the World
October 12, 2015
If guitars, piano and voice shape music; and email, texts and blogs shape how we communicate; then nylon shapes ideas.
Trinseo Plastics Supports Growing Demand for Multiple Durable Smart Meter Components
October 9, 2015
Trinseo responds to the growing needs for more durable utility smart meters that effectively monitor energy consumption and stand up to the task.
Wittmann Battenfeld Hosts Over 100 Local High School Students on Manufacturing Day 2015
October 8, 2015
On Friday, October 2, Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. hosted a Manufacturing Day 2015 event for local high school teenagers at its US Headquarters in Torrington, CT.
Repsol develops a polypropylene grade for vehicle weight reduction
October 7, 2015
Repsol has developed a new grade Repsol Isplen® PF179EV, together with Grupo Antolin and 3M.
Photovoltaic materials – next generation technologies
October 6, 2015
The solar power industry continues to expand worldwide with new markets opening up in high sun exposure locations.
MIT Scientist and “4D Printing” Pioneer Skylar Tibbits Joins Global Plastics Summit Program as Innovation Keynote Speaker
September 28, 2015
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and IHS Chemical announced that Skylar Tibbits, a research scientist in the MIT Department of Architecture and director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, will serve as the innovation keynote speaker for the upcoming 2015 Global Plastics Summit.
PolyOne Features Sophisticated Packaging Technologies and Inspiration at PACK EXPO 2015
September 25, 2015
PolyOne will highlight forward-thinking technologies for packaging at this year’s PACK EXPO in Las Vegas.
DuPont Performance Polymers Sponsors Nylon Exhibit at the University of Delaware
September 24, 2015
DuPont Performance Polymers will help support the opening of an exhibit showing the inner workings of the invention and commercialization of nylon through the notes and legacy of Joseph Labovsky, a core member of the nylon discovery team.
Medical Illumination Chooses Two High-Performance Solvay Polymers to Innovate Compact New LED Surgical Lighting System
September 23, 2015
Solvay Specialty Polymers announced that its Udel® polysulfone and Radel® polyphenylsulfone medical-grade polymers helped Medical Illumination International to design an innovative, more compact version of its flagship MI-1000 surgical lighting unit.
Ampacet launches FusionFx for random color effects and unlimited creativity
September 22, 2015
Ampacet Corporation has introduced FusionFx, four exciting color palettes that use proprietary technology to produce random flow of color effects.
First-Of-Its-Kind Study To Examine Recovery Of Flexible Packaging Using Existing Technology
September 21, 2015
An industry collaborative has announced new research aimed at recovering more packaging that is currently destined for landfill.
BASF makes waves with sustainable, high performing floatation system
September 18, 2015
BASF will exhibit its Autofroth® Marine floatation systems that offer next generation sustainability benefits at The 2015 International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Conference.
Imerys releases JetWhite® 7C talc for engineered polymers
September 17, 2015
Imerys Talc just completed a significant investment at its Timmins talc production facilities in Ontario, Canada, in order to produce JetWhite 7C talc.
Peratech's "3D multi-touch" matrix sensors deliver next-generation HMI experience in Automotive cockpits
September 16, 2015
Peratech announced it has expanded resources in its UK headquarters to service demand for its multi-touch and single-touch solutions in automotive electronics applications.
5ME’s new Dashboards feature provides fully customizable, role-based views of machine tool performance data
September 15, 2015
5ME’s new Dashboards feature allows users to create a one-screen view of machine tool performance data pertinent to their job function.
Trex Company Enters Commercial Plastics Market
September 10, 2015
Trex Company has found a viable way to close the recycling loop by using its excess raw material to produce linear low density polyethylene pellets.
Milacron’s Mold-Masters Brand Launches New Software Platform for High-Performance Temperature and Process Control Systems
September 9, 2015
Milacron Holdings Corp. announced its new Adaptive Process System for its Mold-Masters melt delivery control technologies.
Netstal presents a world first at the Fakuma trade fair: injection compression molding on stack molds
September 8, 2015
Netstal presents a world first at Fakuma 2015 – injection compression molding on a stack mold.
Covestro up and running
September 2, 2015
From September 1, 2015, Bayer MaterialScience is operating under the Covestro name.
S&E Specialty Polymers Develops Compound for New Swim Dive Fin for Amputees
August 28, 2015
S&E Specialty Polymers LLC recently partnered with Amp Fins, LLC, a company that has developed a new patent-pending swim dive fin designed specifically for amputees called Amp Fin™.
2015 Global Plastics Summit to Feature Various Top-Tier Thought Leaders
August 27, 2015
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and IHS Chemical will join forces again this year to present the industry-leading, executive level Global Plastics Summit (GPS) Oct. 28-30 in Chicago.
Pregis white paper offers tutorial on protective packaging considerations for omni-channel fulfillment
August 26, 2015
Brand owners and retailers who utilize omni-channel fulfillment can help improve customer experience, impact quality, speed, shipping costs and lifetime value, by making the right packaging decisions.
Sepro Robots for Large Molding Machines Will Make a Big Impression at Fakuma 2015
August 25, 2015
Three new lines of Sepro robots for plastics injection-molding machines are making their European debut at Fakuma 2015.
Axion Polymers introduces new recycled polymer grades
August 24, 2015
Axion Polymers has introduced new polymer grades of ABS, polyethylene, and polypropylene, recycled from end-of-life automotive and WEEE resources.
METTLER TOLEDO Presents a Webinar on Thermal Analysis of Inorganic Materials
August 21, 2015
Inorganic materials are widely used in the chemical industry in construction materials and agriculture.
Coperion and Coperion K-Tron at Pack Expo 2015
August 20, 2015
At this year’s PackExpo, Coperion and Coperion K-Tron present their latest technological developments that are advancing packaging and bulk materials handling.
Siemens New Simatic S7-1500 Controller Line Steps Up Performance & Efficiency
August 19, 2015
The new Simatic® S7-1500 controller family from Siemens Industry, Inc. delivers outstanding performance and efficiency in mid- to high-level automation applications.
3D printer hand tools feature filament cutter and pliers
August 18, 2015
Two ergonomic hand tools for removing support material from a 3D print, trimming filament, and servicing the printer itself are being introduced by Xuron Corp.
Milacron’s Maxima Series ‘Revving’ Up Automotive Molders with the Sale of 3 and 4 Component Machines
August 17, 2015
Milacron Holdings Corp., an industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, is seeing the benefits of a healthy American automotive market.
Dow Corning Earns Prestigious 3D InCites Award for New Thermally Conductive Gel for Advanced Semiconductor Packaging Applications
August 14, 2015
Dow Corning announced that it garnered a 2015 3D InCites Award for new Dow Corning® TC-3040 Thermally Conductive Gel.
Dow Introduces More Efficient and Sustainable Polyurethane for Pultrusion Composites
August 12, 2015
To help create the strongest and lightest composite infrastructure materials, Dow Polyurethanes has introduced VORAFORCE™ TP 1200 series to the North America market.
Elastic Drug Delivery Technology Releases Drugs When Stretched
August 11, 2015
Researchers from North Carolina State and UNC at Chapel Hill have developed a drug delivery technology that consists of an elastic patch that can be applied to the skin and will release drugs whenever the patch is stretched.
Fisher Unitech Now Offering Makerbot 3D Printers
August 10, 2015
Fisher Unitech, LLC recently announced its expansion into the hobbyist 3D printing market with the addition of Makerbot to its product portfolio.
Aquafil and Speedo USA Launch World’s First Fabric Take-Back Program for Swimwear Industry
August 5, 2015
Aquafil announced it has partnered with Speedo USA on a take-back program that will allow Speedo USA’s post-manufacturing swimwear scraps to be upcycled into Aquafil’s 100% regenerated ECONYL® nylon.
KraussMaffei at Fakuma: "Productivity PLUS" - the success formula for injection molding
August 4, 2015
Better injection molding productivity can often only be achieved with lots of small steps which add up to create a great effect.
BBG showcases molds and equipment for the series production of components made of fiber-reinforced plastic composites at the Composites 2015 trade show
August 3, 2015
BBG, manufacturer of machinery and equipment, will present itself as a developer and manufacturer of molds and equipment for the cost-efficient series production of composite components.
Partially bio-based PP Compound for injection molding
July 31, 2015
Terralene® PP 2509 is a new polypropylene compound from FKuR Kunststoff GmbH partially based on renewable resources and optimized for injection molding applications.
CNC Leader ThermWood Corporation Taps Extruder Expert American Kuhne for Its Industrial 3D Additive Manufacturing System
July 30, 2015
American Kuhne customer Thermwood Corporation has announced a program to develop a 3D Additive Manufacturing System capable of making large carbon graphite reinforced composite thermoplastic components.
KRAIBURG TPE at FAKUMA 2015: New products close to the market
July 28, 2015
At the FAKUMA trade fair KRAIBURG TPE will present new products that were not developed only in labs, but rather with a clear market and customer orientation.
Trinseo’s MAGNUM™ ABS Resins Approved for Food Contact
July 27, 2015
Trinseo announced that several grades of MAGNUM™ ABS Resins are now considered to be FDA food contact compliant as a result of a recently approved Food Contact Substance Notification.
ENGEL to present inject 4.0 at Fakuma 2015
July 24, 2015
For the first time, the entire trade fair stand has been designed as a smart factory, self-optimising production.
PET bottles exposed to UV light negatively impact next generation bottles
July 23, 2015
A new research study has found that exposing post-consumer bottles to UV light prior to recycling has a severe impact on the properties of next generation, recycled PET bottles.
The Bullet Extrusion Head from Guill Tool
July 22, 2015
Guill Tool introduces The Bullet™, a new extrusion head with fixed center design, multi-port spiral flow design and gum space adjustment, plus the added feature of no fastening hardware.
JEC Forums In Boston To Discuss Efficiency In Design & High volume Production For Aeronautics & Automotive
July 21, 2015
JEC Forums return for the 4th time in Boston next September 22 and 23, 2015.
ProTec acquires PolymersNet
July 20, 2015
Effective from June 26, 2015, ProTec Polymer Processing has taken over PolymersNet GmbH.
3M™ Next Generation Structural Acrylic Adhesives Make Designing the Impossible Possible
July 16, 2015
3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Acrylic Adhesive DP8425NS and 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Low Odor Acrylic Adhesive DP8825NS offer a faster cure time and expand process work time up to 25 minutes.
Amcor Rigid Plastics Wins AmeriStar Award for Unique Hot-Fill PET Bottle for PepsiCo-Lipton Tea
July 15, 2015
Amcor Rigid Plastics has been named the winner of the beverage/non-alcoholic category in the AmeriStar Package Awards Competition, North America’s packaging award competition sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
Milliken to show inspiring potential of UltraClear PP for thermoformed food packaging at FachPack 2015
July 14, 2015
Milliken is set to impress Europe’s packaging industry at FachPack 2015 with the ability of UltraClear PP to create thermoformed food packaging that is eye-catching, high-performance, and cost-efficient.
Demanding Applications? New PolyOne TPE for Nylon Grips Improves Oil and Abrasion Resistance
July 13, 2015
PolyOne announced a significant enhancement to existing thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) technology that will help products with nylon grips deliver superior resistance to oil and abrasion.
Clariant supports molder of electronics gear with tough static-resistant nylon
July 9, 2015
Clariant announced successful development of a glass-reinforced polyamide (nylon) with anti-static properties, low-temperature impact strength, dimensional stability and excellent surface-finish.
Re-using PVC left-overs the smart way
July 8, 2015
A €1.2 million investment in an upgraded recycling facility to handle PVC production left-overs paid for itself in 18 months at Protan Group.
Arburg at the T-Plas: Freeformer and high-speed injection molding machine
July 7, 2015
At the T-Plas 2015, Arburg will present a high-end injection molding machine as well as the Freeformer for additive manufacturing to cover the entire production spectrum from one-off parts to mass-produced items.
Creative material solutions for future automotive concepts
July 6, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience selected six very different concepts and invited the students to the Polycarbonate Technical Service Center in Leverkusen.
METTLER TOLEDO Launches Compact ML-T Balances
July 3, 2015
METTLER TOLEDO announced the launch of its compact, battery-operated ML-T balance line.
New bio-3D printing filament is four times tougher than PLA
July 2, 2015
A new bioplastic 3D printing filament, Floreon3D, which is four times tougher than conventional polylactic acid has been developed by Floreon.
Sepro and Pays de la Loire Region Development Group to Participate in Robotic Innovation Event
July 1, 2015
Sepro Group will exhibit at Innorobo 2015, an important European event 100% dedicated to robotics and disruptive innovations.
New DuPont™ Vamac® AEM Takes the Heat
June 30, 2015
DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) introduced DuPont™ Vamac® VMX5000, a new and commercially available family of ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM) pre-compounds that extend the upper temperature limit for AEM applications.
Autodesk and NIMS Partner to Advance the 21st Century CAM Manufacturing Workforce
June 29, 2015
Autodesk Inc. and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills are partnering to develop the first-ever industry recognized Computer Aided Manufacturing/Machining standards and credentials.
Biopolymer Company MHG to Present First Ever Completely Biodegradable Fishing Lure at ICAST
June 26, 2015
MHG’s CEO announced the company will be debuting the world’s first ever certified biodegradable plastic freshwater fishing lure at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trade Show (ICAST).
Rinco Ultrasonics extends machinery range with first electrically driven ultrasonic welding machine
June 25, 2015
With its new Electrical Motion ultrasonic welding machine, Rinco Ultrasonics is treading new ground: away from the traditional pneumatic drive to an electrically driven welding machine.
DSM continues to invest in optimizing environmental footprint
June 24, 2015
DSM recently completed a five-year upgrade of its Engineering Plastics facility in Emmen, The Netherlands.
25 years of Arburg in the USA
June 23, 2015
Together with 245 customers and guests, the company marked the 25th anniversary of Arburg Inc. and also officially inaugurated the new premises for the US headquarters in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
Modest Gains in U.S. Polymer Foams Market Seen as Economy Recovers, but Volatile Crude Oil Prices May Pose Challenges, According to BCC Research
June 22, 2015
With the recent drop in U.S. natural gas prices, U.S. polymer producers have restarted mothballed plants and building new ones.
SPI Recycling Committee Aims to Make Plastics Recycling More Profitable with New Report on Compatibilizers
June 19, 2015
The Recycling Committee of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association released a paper titled “Compatibilizers: Creating New Opportunity for Mixed Plastics” providing the entire recycling value stream a primer on compatibilizers.
Designer electronics out of the printer
June 18, 2015
They are thin, light-weight, flexible and can be produced cost- and energy-efficiently: printed microelectronic components made of synthetics.
Kenics™ Heat Exchangers Provide Effective Performance and Longevity in Gala Industries’ Application of Underwater Pelletizing Processes
June 17, 2015
Smooth running production processes help manufacturers reach targeted goals. To achieve this, all equipment and systems must work in perfect unison and perform to optimal efficiency.
RTP Company Develops Plastic Technology that Resists Chemical Attack from Hospital Disinfectants
June 16, 2015
RTP Company has developed a proprietary alloy technology designed to maintain strength, functionality, and integrity, even with repeated exposure to hospital cleaners used to disinfect medical devices.
New Modular Rheometers Offer Flexibility and Reduce User Error With Connect Assist Technology
June 15, 2015
Material scientists can now use an enhanced, modular rheometer platform to increase workflow efficiency and minimize operator error.
Solvay Radel® PPSU Enables Morphix to Improve Lifetime and Performance for its Redesigned Ergonomic Tattoo Grips
June 12, 2015
Solvay Specialty Polymers announced that Morphix Inc., an innovative designer and manufacturer of tattoo equipment, chose Solvay’s Radel® polyphenylsulfone resin to pioneer lighter, longer lasting designs for its Humbolt® and Flatiron® tattoo needle grips.
SPI Announces Agenda and Call for Speakers for New Re | focus Recycling Summit & Expo
June 11, 2015
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced the agenda for its new Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo and launched the event web site as well.
New Aerospace Bracket Technology Specified for Use on Bombardier Aircraft Drives Down Fuel and Manufacturing
June 10, 2015
A new bracket technology suitable for use in hydraulic and fuel brackets for the wings, center box and fuel tanks of aircraft can result in significant weight reduction of at least 40% compared to metals.
Polyurethanes Conference Explores Advancements and Research in Environment, Health, and Safety
June 9, 2015
Attendees of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference conference will have the opportunity to explore industry developments, innovations and research in environment, health and safety (EHS) during a dedicated pre-conference workshop and technical session.
NewAge Industries Introduces Clearflo(R) Ag-47 Antimicrobial PVC Tubing with Silver Ion Technology
June 8, 2015
New from tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries is Clearflo Ag-47 antimicrobial tubing for a variety of fluid transfer applications to protect liquids from harmful bacteria that can result in taste transfer, odors, and illnesses.
Bayer’s material and process advancements for automotive interiors help automakers create individualized experiences
June 5, 2015
Personalization is a significant trend in consumer design as people seek individualized experiences from the telephones in their pockets to the vehicles they drive. Automotive interior designers must feature improved functionality and an elegant, luxurious appearance.
LEHVOSS Introduces a New Generation of Thermoplastic Shielding Compounds
June 4, 2015
LEHVOSS North America announced the introduction of LUVOCOM® ES, a new generation of thermoplastic shielding compounds with outstanding performance against electromagnetic waves and at smaller wall thicknesses.
Economic Outlook For U.S. Chemical Industry Strong; Long-Term Growth To Accelerate And Outpace Overall U.S. Economy
June 3, 2015
Following a first quarter softened by transitory extreme weather as well as port disruption, the U.S. economy is growing below its potential as high taxes, debt, and regulatory burdens continue to take a toll on business and consumer confidence, causing businesses to cut-back on capital spending in the first quarter of 2015.
Modular System for Medical Extrusion Cuts Job-Change Time from 2 Hours to 3 Minutes While Preserving Clean Room Integrity
June 1, 2015
A new modular extrusion system enables processors of tubing and other small-diameter medical products to be up and running with a new job just three minutes after the previous run, leaving the tasks involved in die and barrel cleanout to take place outside the clean room environment.
Plastics Industry Positioned to Meet Growing Demands of Automotive Sector
May 29, 2015
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association released a report titled, “Plastics Market Watch: Plastics in the Fast Lane,” that anticipates an increased use of plastics in automobiles as economic and demographic forces converge in conjunction with consumers and the government demanding lighter, more competitively priced vehicles.
Clariant launches toolbox for sustainable hot melts Licocene®
May 27, 2015
Clariant has created the complete toolbox for formulators to design hot melts with superior performance for any need, using sustainable processing.
DSM introduces high performance polyamides for improved reliability and safety in next-generation USB
May 26, 2015
Royal DSM says its high-performance polyamides, Stanyl® and Stanyl® ForTii™, have been approved by global producers for use in the next generation of USB Type-C connectors.
Pearl Technologies Partners with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to Support Next Generation of Engineers
May 25, 2015
Pearl Technologies Inc. is partnering with the Rochester Institute of Technology by providing equipment to the college’s lab, donating money for a student scholarship, and presenting at a program to encourage young women to pursue STEM career opportunities.
Engineered Sheet Products Develops Clear, Anti-Static Sheet for Electronics, Dust, and Static-Free Applications
May 22, 2015
Engineered Sheet Products, a division of RTP Company, has developed a unique thermoplastic sheet with anti-static properties inherent throughout, providing permanent protection from the damaging effects of static electricity and dust.
Achieve Better Process Controls with Light-Cure Technology
May 21, 2015
Dymax Corporation’s new white paper explains how light-curable materials in the manufacturing process actually allow for better process controls than other adhesive options.
Eastman Amphora™ 3D Polymer Used for taulman 3D’s Newest Filament Line
May 19, 2015
Eastman Chemical Company is aiding the rapid evolution of 3D printing with its Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer.
MX series continues its successful path in China
May 18, 2015
The MX series manufactured at the production plant in Haiyan (China) gives KraussMaffei a production solution specially tailored for the needs of customers in Asia.
BASF’s Lumina® Royal effect pigments provide new design options for the plastics industry
May 15, 2015
BASF is showcasing all five effect pigments of its Lumina® Royal product series for plastics applications at CHINAPLAS.
DSM Dyneema acquires Cubic Tech and extends Dyneema brand into high-performance fabrics
May 14, 2015
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, finalized the acquisition of Cubic Tech Corporation.
Stop Searching for the ‘Cool Side’ of the Pillow
May 13, 2015
The Comfort Revolution® Hydraluxe® Cooling Gel Pillow stays cool longer so you can fall asleep faster and sleep more comfortably.
Clariant presents revolutionary bio-based additives for wood coatings
May 12, 2015
Clariant has introduced innovations for wood coatings based on renewable sources, that can protect effectively against surface damages and meet the demand for more sustainable coating systems.
Successful Ferromatik presentation at Plast show in Italy
May 11, 2015
Milacron’s renewed focus on new product development comes after a successful showing at NPE 2015 in March.
Milliken presents all-round value of Ultra Clear PP packaging at RosUpack 2015
May 8, 2015
Polyolefins additives supplier, Milliken, is set to catch the eye of converters and brand owners at RosUpack 2015 with the aesthetic appeal, application performance and productivity improvements of Ultra Clear PP at its booth.
Tenere Acquires Mountain Molding, LLC
May 6, 2015
Tenere Inc., a full service provider of complex metal and plastic components and assemblies, announced the acquisition of Mountain Molding, LLC, a custom plastics injection molding company offering both tooling and production.
RadiciGroup focuses on innovation and sustainability
May 5, 2015
At PLAST 2015, RadiciGroup is focusing on its most recent developments and achievements in the fields of innovation and sustainability.
New Bayer polycarbonate film grade answers market need for durable, scratch-resistant surfaces
May 4, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is introducing a formable polycarbonate film that offers good scratch and weathering resistance.
New Plasma Technology Prevents Staining and Diffusion in Plastic Food Storage Containers
May 1, 2015
Working with an industry coating specialist, Plasmatreat North America has co-developed a durable plasma coating for plastic food storage containers.
Two Solvay Materials Experts to Detail New Ultra-Polymer at SPE AutoEPCON Targeting High-Heat Automotive Applications
April 30, 2015
Two industry experts from Solvay Specialty Polymers will deliver a presentation on advanced polymer technology during the Society of Plastics Engineers’ 10th annual AutoEPCON conference.
SABIC’s CLEAR LEXAN™ XHR Sheet Series Wins 2015 Crystal Cabin Award® for Materials and Components
April 29, 2015
SABIC has been named a winner of the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award® in the category of Materials & Components at an award ceremony on April 14, 2015 in Hamburg, held in conjunction with the Aircraft Interiors Expo.
New 3D Inspection Software for Intuitive Contact and Non-Contact Measurement
April 28, 2015
AMETEK Creaform has introduced VXinspect, a powerful and intuitive 3-D inspection software that includes all the tools for first article inspection (FAI) and quality control.
Hanover Fair 2015: Arburg impresses trade experts
April 27, 2015
At the world’s biggest industrial fair, Arburg presented a fully integrated process chain that allowed visitors to personalise a rocker-type light switch, producing a genuine “one-off” product.
11 composites innovations to receive an Award on next JEC Americas 2015
April 24, 2015
In its mission to spot and promote the most advanced composites innovations, JEC Group reveals the 11 winners of JEC Innovation Awards – Houston.
Advanced Manufacturing Program Answers Demand for Skilled Workers
April 23, 2015
Dedicated to providing skilled workers to the plastics industry, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Pulaski has re-vamped the curriculum of their Advanced Manufacturing Program and revitalized their on-campus manufacturing laboratory to meet the continually developing needs of area businesses.
ECS 2015: Schütz Packages Modern Coatings Cleanly and Safely
April 21, 2015
From April 21- 23, 2015, manufacturers of paints, lacquers, adhesives, sealants and construction chemicals will be getting together at the exhibition centre in Nuremburg to discuss the latest developments on the market.
Clariant launches new 24-canister dispenser machine CD2406
April 20, 2015
Clariant unveils a breakthrough in small dispensing machines for professional paint stores and typical Point-of-Sale (POS) retail environments at the European Coatings Show 2015.
Solvay's Amodel® PPA and KetaSpire® PEEK Earn NSF Approval for Use in Food Processing and Household Appliances
April 17, 2015
Solvay Specialty Polymers announced at the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo that the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified seven Amodel® polyphthalamide and KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone resin grades under its NSF/ANSI 51 standard for food equipment materials.
KRAIBURG TPE at PLAST 2015
April 16, 2015
As one of more than 1,600 exhibitors KRAIBURG TPE will present its innovative material solutions for wide-ranging applications at this year’s PLAST trade fair from May 5 - 9, 2015 in Milan.
Bayer MaterialScience at UTECH 2015
April 15, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience is presenting innovative developments in polyurethane that answer challenges in energy efficiency at the UTECH 2015 trade show in Maastricht, Netherlands.
Record machine from KraussMaffei for GF Piping Systems
April 14, 2015
GF Piping Systems specializes in developing and manufacturing piping systems made of plastic and metal. At its main location in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, the company is investing in a MXH 3200 – 101.000/101.000 from KraussMaffei.
Leading systems supplier for all pipe and thermoforming sheet extrusion applications
April 13, 2015
At Plast 2015, battenfeld-cincinnati will present a wide range of solutions for pipe extrusion – from PVC foam core pipe to PE-Xa pipes and the FDC system for automatic dimension change.
New OMNISEC from Malvern Instruments brings unmatched performance in the analysis of synthetic polymers
April 10, 2015
The performance of OMNISEC, Malvern Instruments’ new gel permeation chromatography/size exclusion chromatography system, is demonstrated in a series of recently released application notes which highlight the sensitivity of the system in synthetic polymer analysis.
New CTE PLUS series – twin screw extruders equipped with new gearboxes
April 9, 2015
With the CTE 50 PLUS, Coperion Nanjing launches its new CTE PLUS twin screw extruder series at Chinaplas 2015.
SPE Issues Call for Nominations for Annual Parts Competition at 15th Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition
April 8, 2015
The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition issued its annual call for part-competition nominations for the Most Innovative Composites Application as part of the group's annual event, September 9-11, 2015.
Foster Polymer Distribution Offers MX-Nylon High Strength Polyamide for Medical Devices
April 7, 2015
Foster Polymer Distribution announced their official partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to distribute MX-Nylon to the North American medical market.
Yushin Unveils Concept Robot at NPE 2015
April 6, 2015
Yushin has pooled their four decades of experience in the fields of industrial automation and robotics to create this exceptional Cartesian full-servo robot unveiled to the attendees at NPE 2015.
ACH Foam Technologies’ EPS Geofoam Supports Structures Beyond Roadway Projects
April 2, 2015
ACH Technologies’ Foam-Control EPS Geofoam is best known for its use on roadway and embankment projects. An engineered lightweight material made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam with high compressive strengths and predictable material performance, Foam-Control EPS Geofoam has become an indispensable material for civil infrastructure.
Pooled additive competence for the PU industry
April 1, 2015
The new Rhein Chemie Additives business unit of specialty chemicals company LANXESS is exhibiting its comprehensive product range including flame retardants, plasticizers, crosslinking agents, catalysts and hydrolysis stabilizer for rigid and flexible foams, coatings, elastomers, sealants and adhesives.
BASF’s ULTRASIM® analysis tool helps eliminate costly surprises in product development cycle
March 31, 2015
Unlike current analysis tools, BASF’s ULTRASIM® performance prediction technology routinely delivers 90-95 percent accuracy when predicting the performance of parts molded using BASF materials.
SPI, SPE Announce Joint Membership Option for Students at NPE2015
March 26, 2015
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the creation of a joint membership option for students about to enter the plastics industry workforce Tuesday.
Dynisco Releases ViscoSensor Online Rheometer with New Rheometer Control Unit for Cost-Effective Melt-Flow Monitoring at NPE 2015
March 25, 2015
Dynisco is expanding its online rheometry offering to include a new simplified ViscoSensor configuration that has a more compact rheometer control unit (dubbed e-RCU).
Dow Brings Gallery of Innovations to NPE 2015
March 24, 2015
At NPE 2015, Dow is showcasing its portfolio of products and technologies in its Gallery of Innovations.
Tekni-Plex announces new lamination film production line for barrier pharma/medical blister applications
March 20, 2015
Tekni-Films is announcing a new, state-of-the-art laminated barrier films line.
Evonik Unveils High Temperature Polyamide Extrusion VESTAMID DX9360
March 19, 2015
Specialty chemical company Evonik will present its new VESTAMID® DX9360 product, a polyamide extrusion compound for tubing systems that has the potential to significantly extend the lifetime of engine lines at next week’s NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase.
Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds launches new medical grade flame retardant ColorRx® products
March 18, 2015
Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds, a manufacturer of custom compounded engineered thermoplastics, will debut its new ISO 10993 compliant compounds at NPE2015.
PolyOne Launches New Technologies, Highlights Design Services and 3D Printing at NPE 2015
March 17, 2015
PolyOne is gearing up with a multi-faceted presence at NPE 2015, including a customer innovation center and NPE3D Printing sponsorship and exhibit.
Citadel Plastics to be Acquired by A. Schulman
March 16, 2015
Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc., a global provider of thermoplastic and engineered composite compounds, announced that its owners, private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, have entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company to global plastics supplier A. Schulman.
NPE2015 Startup Garage Presents Unprecedented Opportunity for Plastics Startups to Take Their Innovations to the Next Level
March 13, 2015
An expanded NPE2015 Startup Garage will give both startup companies operating within or adjacent to the plastics industry, and their potential investors, buyers and business partners an unparalleled opportunity for both sides of the equation to take the next step toward bringing tomorrow’s cutting edge plastic products and materials to the next level.
Momentive introduces advanced silicone elastomer products
March 12, 2015
Silicone pioneer Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM) is introducing new advanced silicone elastomer solutions at NPE2015.
Solvay and 3A Composites seal global specialty foams alliance to secure light-weighting in advanced transportation
March 10, 2015
Solvay and 3A Composites are joining forces to make innovative specialty foam materials for advanced transportation, offering for the first time on a large and worldwide scale a tailored, cost-effective substitute to traditional, labor-intense materials used to reduce the weight of applications.
Cristal launches TiONA® 288 for high-end, high-temperature masterbatch
March 9, 2015
Cristal, a leader in manufacturing titanium dioxide products, has just brought to market TiONA® 288, a new super-efficient grade of titanium dioxide chloride pigment.
GN Thermoforming Equipment to Demonstrate GN760's High-Output Lid Production at NPE 2015
March 6, 2015
GN Thermoforming Equipment, a manufacturer of roll-fed, in-mold cut thermoforming machines, will showcase its GN760 plug-assist thermoformer for high-output production of PET lids for the food service market.
BASF now offers bio-based PolyTHF®
March 5, 2015
BASF has made bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF® 1000) available for the first time. The company is now providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale.
Struktol Company of America Unveils New Line of Additives for Highly-Filled and Flame-Retardant Plastics
March 4, 2015
Struktol Company of America, a global supplier of polymer additives, has developed unique process additives for polymers containing high levels of mineral fillers and increased amounts of flame retardant packages.
ADDIVANT at NPE 2015
March 2, 2015
Addivant™, a leader in polymer additive technologies, recently announced that it will showcase the global launch of WESTON® 705 at NPE 2015, March 23 – 27, in Orlando, FL.
New polycarbonate sheet products from Bayer provide OEMs with additional options for lighting lenses
February 27, 2015
LEDs are advancing lighting options, both in design and functionality, yet consumers are looking for more.
Siemens presents the tcp3000 temperature controller for industrial applications
February 25, 2015
Siemens Industry, Inc. unveiled its improved TCP3000 temperature controller, designed to make extruders more simple and economic.
National Plastics Center Presents SPE with $200,000 in Support of PlastiVan™ Program
February 24, 2015
The National Plastics Center presented the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) with a $200,000 check in support of the PlastiVan™ education program, which sends “PlastiVans” to schools and companies throughout North America to educate people of all ages about plastic’s chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications.
Wittmann Battenfeld to Demonstrate Their Full Lineup of Material Handling and Auxiliary Equipment at NPE 2015
February 23, 2015
Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. will present their latest material handling and auxiliary equipment solutions to visitors to their booth at the upcoming NPE 2015 show in Orlando, Florida.
PolyOne Expands Capacity for Metal Replacement Technologies
February 19, 2015
In response to growing customer demand for metal replacement, PolyOne Corporation is expanding capacity for its OnForce™ LFT long-fiber specialty thermoplastics. A new, dedicated specialty production line will be added at the company’s existing Avon Lake, Ohio production facility and will be fully operational by the end of February 2015.
Polymax Introduces New Thermoplastic Elastomers for Sensory-Sensitive Applications
February 18, 2015
PolymaxThermoplastic Elastomers, Inc., a manufacturer and custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials, announced the availability of new grades of premium quality TPE for sensory-sensitive applications.
Demo at international trade show could change world’s perceptions of plastics
February 17, 2015
A special demonstration in March at one of the world’s largest international trade shows could change worldwide perceptions about plastics in a very positive way, claims a spokesman from SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
Messe Dusseldorf to Promote Plastics Trade Fairs at NPE 2015
February 16, 2015
Messe Düsseldorf will participate in NPE 2015 in order to promote its worldwide program of international plastics and rubber trade fairs, including K 2016, The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber (to be held from October 16 – 23, 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany) and T-PLAS 2015, International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries (taking place from August 26 – 29, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand).
Smart lightweight construction in Paris
February 13, 2015
Sophisticated machine and mold technology, production processes ready for large series production and groundbreaking lightweight construction: From March 10 - 12 at the JEC Composites Show (Hall 7.2, booth S 29) in Paris, KraussMaffei is presenting intelligent solutions for manufacturing fiber-reinforced plastic components (FRP).
Compuplast International at NPE 2015
February 12, 2015
Compuplast International Inc (USA) will be showing off the latest version of the Advanced CAE tools for polymer processing that they offer. This includes simulation software for Extrusion, Thermoforming, Blow Molding and Injection Molding.
Bluestar Silicones Launches New Skin Adhesives for Wound Care, Transdermal Patches and Wearable Devices at MD&M West
February 11, 2015
Bluestar Silicones announces the launch of its newly expanded line of Silbione® soft silicone adhesives for skin applications, including wound and scar care, transdermal patches and wearable devices, at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference.
PolyOne Debuts Latest Healthcare Solutions at MD&M West 2015
February 10, 2015
PolyOne Corporation, a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, will showcase its dynamic range of technologies for the healthcare industry at Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2015 this week.
SPI, The Plasics Industry Trade Association and Allied Industry Groups to Demonstrate Unique Medical Uses of Flexible PVC in "Vinyl Saves Lives" Booth and Demo at NPE2015
February 9, 2015
To demonstrate how plastics, and specifically PVC or vinyl, saves lives, the SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association, and the Flexible Vinyl Alliance, will feature a special booth at NPE 2015.
Arburg demonstrates LSR processing at Medtec Europe 2015
February 5, 2015
Arburg will present an application for processing liquid silicone (LSR) at the Medtec Europe to be held in Stuttgart from 21 to 23 April 2015. An electric Allrounder will produce bellows used as a valve in medical test devices.
Polyaspartic coating resin from Bayer offers advantages for construction projects, corrosion protection
February 4, 2015
At construction sites, it is important to keep downtime and costs to a minimum. Bayer MaterialScience helps the industry save time and money by offering innovative polyaspartic coating resin raw materials to coatings manufacturers, empowering them to deliver cutting edge coatings products.
Coperion and Coperion K-Tron at NPE 2015
February 3, 2015
At this year’s NPE, Coperion and Coperion K-Tron present their latest technology developments that are advancing compounding and bulk materials handling to the next level.
DSM announces investment in US manufacturing facility for sustainable resins
February 2, 2015
Royal DSM announced a substantial investment in its Wilmington, Massachusetts manufacturing facility. DSM will upgrade its facilities to produce state-of-the-art waterborne resins for inks and coatings.
New high-pressure protective packaging films address longer shipping, storage cycles
January 30, 2015
Two new high performance, patent-pending films have been developed by Pregis for inflatable cushioning applications. The hybrid cushioning (HC) Performance films target high-pressure applications for products that require longer shipping or storage cycles.
At NPE 2015, Elastocon to Highlight 5 New TPE Grades, Offers Industry Expanded Capacities
January 29, 2015
At their NPE 2015 booth, Elastocon TPE Technologies will be featuring at least five of its newest grades.
Silcotech and Dow Corning To Introduce a Step Change in Silicone Molding Technology for Medical Devices at MD&M West 2015
January 28, 2015
Silcotech, a leader in liquid injection molding (LIM) technologies, will be showcasing with Dow Corning at MD&M West 2015, a step-change in liquid silicone rubber (LSR) processing made possible, in part, by Dow Corning’s LSR technology.
NPE2015 to be the largest NPE ever
January 27, 2015
It’s official: NPE2015 has surpassed the previous NPE record for exhibit space, it was announced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.
ENTEK Introduces New QC3-43MM Twin-Screw Extruder
January 26, 2015
ENTEK, a producer of twin-screw co-rotating extruders and microporous separators for lead-acid and lithium batteries, will introduce an all-new 43mm twin-screw extruder at NPE 2015.
SPE to Honor Achievements of Industry Leaders at ANTEC 2015
January 23, 2015
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to four distinguished individuals during SPE ANTEC® 2015.
KraussMaffei at NPE: Efficient injection molding machines and lightweight solutions set future trend
January 22, 2015
At NPE in Orlando, Florida, KraussMaffei is reinforcing its market position in North America as a system provider for premium quality injection molding machines and innovative lightweight construction technologies from a single source.
Sekisui Plastics USA to Showcase at the NPE a Range of Products Based on its Unique Processing and Polymerization Technologies
January 21, 2015
Sekisui Plastics USA will be exhibiting at NPE 2015. Located at Booth #S20156, Sekisui will showcase products based on the company’s unique processing and polymerization technologies for the automotive, industrial, consumer and cosmetics markets.
Husky showcases new barrier solution, demonstrates range of innovative technologies for beverage packaging, medical and hot runners at NPE 2015
January 20, 2015
Husky Injection Molding Systems announced that at NPE 2015 it will be showcasing its latest technologies for the beverage packaging, medical and hot runner markets, demonstrating that it provides customers with the highest levels of quality, productivity and reliability.
Vertellus to Showcase High-end Family of Copolymers, Advanced Bio-based Plasticizer Technologies at NPE 2015
January 16, 2015
Vertellus, a global supplier of additives to the plastics and polymer industries, announced that it will showcase their family of high-performance copolymers for glass fiber sizing and engineered plastics compounding at NPE 2015, March 23 – 27, in Orlando, FL (booth #S29145).
Heavy Duty Granulators
January 15, 2015
SMS Series granulators from Herbold have been redesigned to cope with the most demanding heavy-duty size reduction applications in a single step.
Clariant highlights process-, energy- and cost-saving solutions
January 14, 2015
Clariant will show its support for greater sustainability across the industrial, decorative and automotive applications with new products and advanced solutions for the global paint and coatings community at the European Coatings Show 2015 in Germany.
Lehvoss Develops New High Performance Compounds for Automotive Gear Wheels
January 13, 2015
Plastic gearing in the automotive industry is increasingly being subjected to extremely demanding applications having higher loads and operating temperatures. Lehvoss North America has responded to this trend by developing new thermoplastic compounds that make it possible to produce gear wheels that are more resilient when compared to acetal, nylon, and PBT even at elevated temperatures.
DuPont™ Vespel® turbocharger wastegate actuator guide bushings for more reliability and durability
January 12, 2015
A leading supplier of innovative turbocharging systems has chosen DuPont™ Vespel® bushings to improve the reliability and durability of its pneumatic wastegate actuators used in many turbocharger applications. The manufacturer selected this solution because the Vespel® bushings provide consistent friction and low wear over the entire life of the turbocharger, in a hot, dirty environment – even without lubrication, and thus assist the precise functioning of the control systems over the entire lifetime of the vehicle.
Solvay's New Xydar® LCP Resin Meets Stringent Demands of New Gigabyte Surface Mount Connectors
January 9, 2015
Solvay Specialty Polymers introduces Xydar® MG-850 liquid crystal polymer (LCP), a new specially designed grade that meets the rigorous performance and processing demands of new high-speed USB 3.0 surface mount connectors. This advanced new material delivers the high flow, flatness, and dimensional stability required for new 12-gigabyte connectors that target applications in desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets.
AGC to Showcase Fluoropolymer Solutions at International Plastics Exhibition
January 8, 2015
AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. will showcase its fluoropolymer solutions at NPE 2015, March 23-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. AGC engineers and technical sales team will be available to discuss applications for their wide range of fluoropolymer-based products at their new booth in the Hot Technologies Pavilion.
Laminated Medical Films from Poly Shield in High Demand among Medical Companies
January 7, 2015
PolyShield, a manufacturer of multi-layered and tear-off face shield protectors such as laminated medical films, is the company that medical enterprises are turning to for assistance in fighting against Ebola. The shield protectors from PolyShield are of the highest quality and created specifically for use in medical and surgical operating rooms as well for various other critical medical applications.
TYCAN Chains with Dyneema Replace Steel Chains for Lashing Cargo
January 6, 2015
Industrial chains for handling heavy loads are being produced for the first time from DSM’s ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®. The chains, branded as TYCAN®, are fabricated from webbings and have numerous economic, environmental and safety advantages over traditional chains that for centuries have been made in iron and steel.
Lego, Microsoft, Pepsico, & Motorcity Europe Confirmed to Speak at AMI's Masterbatch 2015 Conference
January 5, 2015
The program has been announced for the AMI’s Masterbatch 2015 conference, which will take place from 9-11 June 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. The event has become well established as a regular international forum for the global masterbatch industry attracting over 150 attendees every year.
Plasmatreat Will Present Brand-New Surface Treatment Technology at NPE2015
December 22, 2014
Plasmatreat North America is pleased to present a brand-new surface treatment device, the RD2005U, at NPE2015.
NVision Helps Aircraft Repair Station Quickly Obtain FAA Approval
December 19, 2014
3D laser scanning from NVision helped a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station document its work on a passenger jet part with such precision that the station was able to obtain the necessary FAA approval for the repair in much less time than is usually required.
ILLIG at NPE 2015: ILLIG RDKP Automatic Roll-fed Machines for High Productivity, Product Quality and Operational Reliability
December 18, 2014
At NPE, Orlando, Florida/USA, March 23 - 27, 2015, ILLIG will present the current generation of its automatic forming machines of the RDKP series with a separate forming and punching station. The efficiency of this machine working from a roll stock is demonstrated by model IC-RDKP 72 and a sophisticated hinged food pack made of polyethylene terephthalate (APET) produced on this machine.
Wittmann Battenfeld to Feature Six Operating Injection Molding Machine Workcells with Robots and Auxiliaries at NPE 2015
December 17, 2014
Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. will feature six injection molding machine work cells with integrated robots, automation, material handling and auxiliary equipment at NPE 2015. In addition, the company will display extrusion-related machinery and auxiliaries in its booth.
DSM showcases latest automotive and mobile phone applications for its engineering plastics at PlastIndia 2015
December 16, 2014
Royal DSM will feature numerous new applications in automotive, mobile electronics and electrical equipment that incorporate its engineering plastics for high performance, low weight, and improved sustainability at PlastIndia 2015 (5th to 10th February, Gandhinagar, Gujarat).
MAS “CDF” Continuous Disc Filtration System: The Answer to Better Melt Filtration
December 15, 2014
The MAS Continuous Disc Filtration, also known as the “CDF”, is a revolutionary adaptive melt filtration system which can be easily integrated into any current extrusion line that is in need of superior contaminant removal. The innovative CDF boasts many advantages over other continuous filters offered today.
DuPont to Sell DuPont™ Neoprene to Denka Performance Elastomer LLC
December 12, 2014
DuPont Performance Polymers and DENKA announced they have signed a definitive agreement to sell DuPont™ Neoprene polychloroprene to Denka Performance Elastomer LLC, a new joint venture company owned 70 percent by DENKA and 30 percent by Mitsui. The sale is expected to close in the first half of 2015 pending receipt of customary regulatory approvals.
Plastics Academy to Induct Nine of the Industry’s Best into the Plastics Hall of Fame at NPE2015
December 11, 2014
The Plastics Academy announced that it would honor nine individuals for their contributions to the plastics industry by inducting them into the Plastics Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be hosted in Orlando, FL at NPE2015. The inductees that comprise the Plastics Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 come from different walks of life and diverse backgrounds, but all of them have had a lasting impact on the economic health and vibrancy of the entire $374-billion plastics industry, as well as on generations of plastics industry workers.
Lab Trials Win New Era Converting Machinery Inc. Business With Velcro Industries
December 10, 2014
Velcro Industries is the original and premier global manufacturer and innovator of hook and loop fasteners. What began as a novel invention in the 1940s has grown into a household name with over 400 active patents and over 200 trademark registrations in over 150 countries worldwide.
SABIC’s LEXAN™ and EXATEC™ provide racing spirit in new Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto
December 9, 2014
SABIC’s polycarbonate (PC) glazing solutions were highlighted during Abarth’s official launch of the production model of its Abarth 695 Biposto. The vehicle’s front fixed windows, which include built-in sliding panels, are made from SABIC’s LEXAN™ resin, a PC material, and EXATEC™ coating technology.
Award-winning F-150 LED headlamps molded with Bayer polycarbonate
December 8, 2014
While the 2015 Ford F-150 has made headlines for its ground-breaking lightweight design, less known is that lighting the way are LED headlamps made with a special optical grade of polycarbonate from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
Recycling campaign from Keep America Beautiful will play a prominent role in the zero-waste theme at NPE2015
December 5, 2014
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association will partner with the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) nonprofit organization to prominently display the message of KAB’s “I Want to Be Recycled” campaign throughout the NPE2015 International Plastics Showcase, it was announced today by SPI, which produces the triennial NPE.
DSM Dyneema Successfully Defends Key Patent Behind Game-Changing Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology
December 4, 2014
The European Patent Office has upheld a key patent held by DSM Dyneema covering its recently introduced Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology. This radical innovation platform delivers game-changing materials for soft body armor and hard materials for helmets, vest inserts and vehicle armor. Armor made with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology is 30 percent lighter than current armor whilst providing the same level of ballistic protection.
RTP Company Offers Thermoplastic Compounds Solutions to Global Shortage of PEI Polymer
December 3, 2014
RTP Company is helping to address the global shortage of Polyetherimide (PEI) by offering a number of thermoplastic compounds that serve as viable alternatives. These compounds include amorphous materials based on sulfone or semicrystalline materials that have been modified, alloyed, and/or reinforced to achieve very similar physical properties to PEI.
Nexam Chemical introduces NEXAMITE® PBO
December 2, 2014
Nexam Chemical introduces a new multifunctional additive with intended use as chain extender and crosslinker. NEXAMITE®PBO is also an effective compatibilizer and acid scavenger in the manufacture of virgin polymer blends, engineering plastics and recycling of mixed plastics.
ALBIS PLASTIC and Röber Kunststoffe collaborate in lighting segment
December 1, 2014
With immediate effect, the polycarbonate-based ALCOM LDM (Light Diffusion Matt) from ALBIS PLASTIC will be used in the R. CARBONATE ALCOM LED production line at Röber Kunststoffe. This specialist for extruded and transparent plastics, located in Kroppach in the German Westerwald, is now expanding its product line of glazing materials for the lighting sector.
Unique New XPLOR™ Dry Emulsifiers Provide Performance And Efficiency
November 25, 2014
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals introduces the new XPLOR™ line of dry emulsifiers that combine performance with operational benefits in terms of efficiency and total use costs. XPLOR™ dry emulsifiers have demonstrated performance in diesel, mineral oil or synthetic-based drilling fluids. They are compatible with a variety of solvents thus reducing the need to purchase multiple types of emulsifiers.
ENGEL at PLAST EURASIA 2014
November 24, 2014
With highly integrated and automated system solutions from a single source ENGEL increases product quality, manufacturing efficiency and thus its customers' competitiveness. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier will demonstrate how this can be translated to practice with three innovative applications at PLAST EURASIA 2014 in Istanbul from 4th to 7th December.
Sanitary Bulk Bag Filler from Flexicon has Metal Detection
November 21, 2014
New from Flexicon Corporation is a stainless steel, sanitary Bulk Bag Filler that detects and separates metal as it fills bulk bags by weight, dust-free.
Canatu Launches CNB In-Mold Film for Transparent Touch on 3D Surfaces –in Cars, Household Appliances, Wearables, Portables
November 20, 2014
Printed Electronics USA — Canatu, a leading manufacturer of zero reflectance and flexible transparent conductive films and touch sensors, today launched CNB™ In-Mold Film, a stretchable, formable, conductive film optimized for 3D formed capacitive touch displays and touch surfaces in automobile center consoles and dashboards, home appliance control panels, remote controls, smartwatches and portable electronic devices.
Tesla NanoCoatings Increasing Use of SouthWest NanoTechnologies Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) for its Infrastructure Coatings and Paints
November 19, 2014
Tesla Nanocoatings is expanding production of its Teslan® brand of nanocoatings, a highly effective corrosion-resistant coating for structural steel, produced with SMW™ Specialty Multi-wall Carbon Nanotubes developed by SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT). Tesla NanoCoatings is a world leader in the protective nanocoatings market.
Amcor Unveils First Hot-Fill PET Containers for Use with Metal Lug Closures
November 18, 2014
Amcor Rigid Plastics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for food, beverage, spirits, home/personal care, and healthcare industries, has announced the development of unique hot-fill polyethylene terephthalate containers which accept metal lug closures – a first for the food packaging industry. The breakthrough technology, called the A-PEX63TM system, was unveiled at the Private Label Manufacturers Association annual trade show Nov. 16-18 in Rosemont, IL.
PolyOne Recognized at SPE Automotive Innovation Awards for New All-Plastic Temperature Sensor
November 17, 2014
PolyOne was recognized last night at the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards ceremony for its participation in developing an all-plastic temperature sensor, which will be commercially introduced on the 2015 Ford Edge. The sensor directly measures and averages duct air temperatures to control heating and cooling in the vehicle.
Dow Corning Sees Broad Adoption of its LSR Materials for Medical Applications in a Fast-Growing Global Healthcare Industry
November 13, 2014
Rising medical expenditures, increasingly stringent healthcare regulations and growing demand for both disposable and increasingly complex medical devices are all driving healthcare OEMs and fabricators to seek versatile, new material technologies. According to Dow Corning, silicon-based technology and innovation for the medical device industry, these converging trends are accelerating worldwide demand for its broad and growing portfolio of high-performance liquid silicone rubber solutions.
Honeywell's Latest SmartLine Transmitter Increases Capabilities of 'Smart' Field Products
November 12, 2014
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced the launch of the SmartLine® Guided Wave Radar Level transmitter, the latest addition to HPS’s SmartLine® industrial transmitter family. The new device can measure the level and volume of liquids inside processing tanks up to 160 feet in height.
SouthWest NanoTechnologies to Demonstrate 3D Capacitive Touch Sensor Featuring Transparent, Thermoformed Carbon Nanotube Ink at Printed Electronics USA 2014
November 10, 2014
At the upcoming Printed Electronics USA 2014 Show, SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc. (SWeNT) will demonstrate and discuss the use of carbon nanotube inks as a superior material for certain touch capacitance and membrane switch replacement applications. SWeNT will be exhibiting in Booth J25 at the show, November 19 and 20, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Plastics Color Corp. Delivers Multilayered Approach to Brand Protection
November 7, 2014
Plastics Color Corp., a leader in color concentrates, functional additives, and custom polymer masterbatches for the plastics industry, meets the needs of the packaging industry through a multilayered approach to brand protection with its MiBatch™ anti-counterfeting resins. This new anti-counterfeiting technology for thermoplastics delivers major advantages for the packaging industry when it comes to risk mitigation, supply chain security, and corporate governance.
Perstorp steps up its bioplastics competitiveness
November 6, 2014
Perstorp, a leader in e-polycaprolactones (PCL) technology, marketed under the Capa™ brand, is stepping up its investment into the fast growing bioplastics market. World demand is expected to continue to grow at over 20% pa for the foreseeable future, and Capa™ Thermoplastics are already playing a vital role in enhancing biopolymer performance and biodegradability across a range of bioplastic applications.
Rinco Ultrasonics is Awarded Two U.S. Patents For Ultrasonic Sealing for Flexible Packaging
November 5, 2014
Rinco Ultrasonics, a leading manufacturer of ultrasonic welding equipment, has recently been awarded two U.S. patents for its PPS0145 film sealing technology for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible pouch packaging. The patented technology has resulted in the development of a high-force, high-speed solution which elevates ultrasonic welding to a new performance level, enabling users to increase seal strength, improve aesthetics, and broaden the processing window versus competitive ultrasonic sealing and heat sealing processes.
Trexel, Inc. and Milacron enter into Partnership Agreement for MuCell® Injection Molding Technology
November 4, 2014
Trexel Inc., the exclusive provider of MuCell® Microcellular Foam injection molding technology has recently signed a partnership agreement with Milacron that allows Milacron to incorporate the MuCell technology into their injection molding equipment offering.
Halogen-free jacketing compounds provide exceptionally high flame retardance without compromise of other properties
November 3, 2014
New halogen-free flame retardant jacketing compounds for data center cables, control cables, energy cables, and other demanding applications exhibit a higher level of flame retardance than other high-performance HFFR materials without compromising physical or electrical properties, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company, which will introduce these products at the IWCS conference and exhibition.
Solvay to Make Strong Case for Metal-to-Plastic Conversion at SPE Medical Plastics Minitec
October 30, 2014
Solvay Specialty Polymers – a global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics offered for use in a range of markets including implantable and non-implantable medical devices – will deliver a broad-ranging technical presentation on the benefits of high-performance polymers over metals in the healthcare industry.
PolyOne Unveils Stellar “Planets” Color Collection for PET Packaging
October 29, 2014
PolyOne unveiled a new collection of liquid colorants that can help brand managers and packaging designers create “out of this world” personal care and cosmetic products packaged in PET.
Trexel Inc and Lubrizol Partner to Introduce New BounCell-X™ TPU Foam
October 28, 2014
Trexel, Inc., in partnership with Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, is pleased to announce the development of a new high performance TPU foam technology: BounCell-X™. The combination of Lubrizol’s Estane® TPU chemistry with the MuCell® physical foam injection molding technologies created BounCell-X™ – a plasticizer-free, thermoplastic foam with low density and superior performance.
ENGEL e-flomo improves process stability and economy
October 27, 2014
Mould temperature control has a significant influence on productivity of the manufacturing process and on the quality of the moulded parts, but despite this, it did not attract a great deal of attention for a long time. For Fakuma 2014, ENGEL has taken the step from process monitoring to process control. The newly developed ENGEL e-flomo also features electrical control valves, which allow the flow rates to be adjusted and controlled in a fully-automated process.
Moldex3D R13 – Expanded simulation capabilities and even more reliable results
October 24, 2014
With the new release of Moldex3D R13 the capabilities of virtual simulation for injection molding has been further extended. It is now even easier to identify potential sources of error in the process, tool or component, and to evaluate and implement a cost and quality optimal design before it might be too late. Numerous enhancements, a more efficient workflow and new options and handling improvements are available to the user.
Huntsman Advanced Materials focuses on new generation composite and adhesive materials for aerospace interiors
October 23, 2014
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors in pursuit of the same performance demands that motivate the OEMs of primary structures continues to emerge from the shadow of composite airframe applications.
SPI and JASON Learning Launch “Think Outside the Bag!” Plastic Film Recycling Contest
October 21, 2014
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and JASON Learning launched the 2014 “Think Outside the Bag!” plastic film recycling contest Wednesday. Sponsored by SPI’s Flexible Film and Bag Division (FFBD), with support from plastic bag manufacturer and recycler Hilex Poly, and JASON Learning, a nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the “Think Outside the Bag!” contest will ask students to come up with a creative campaign to increase recycling of flexible plastic films, like dry cleaner bags, product wrapping and even traditional plastic grocery bags.
DSM launches next generation of Diablo high temperature resistant polyamides at Fakuma 2014
October 17, 2014
Royal DSM is launching its next generation of Diablo high temperature resistant polyamides at the 2014 Fakuma trade show. The new grades are part of both DSM’s Stanyl® polyamide 46 and Akulon® 6/66 portfolios and are aimed at applications in automotive engine compartments where temperatures can reach as high as 260°C.
DuPont is Focusing its Capabilities in Science and Technology
October 16, 2014
Over the last 18 months, DuPont Performance Polymers has enhanced its advanced materials portfolio to help customers find materials-based sustainable solutions to today’s critical challenges in electrical/electronics, food-contact and optical fiber markets. Today, among those advanced materials, DuPont announces the launch of 4 NEW globally available grades to allow customers to make their products better and more economical by combining innovative, science-based functionality with in-depth material science know-how and applications development.
Milacron highlights pellet-to-part lineup at Fakuma
October 15, 2014
Milacron LLC, global manufacturer of plastics processing equipment and technologies, will launch its latest innovations at Fakuma 2014. At Fakuma, the Milacron brands will highlight cutting-edge technologies that benefit customers across several industries, including automotive, medical/pharmaceutical, food and beverage packaging, amongst others. Milacron brands Mold-Masters, Ferromatik Milacron and DME will collectively present the latest products and solutions designed to meet all their customers’ unique needs.
SG-200 Maximizes Productivity for High-Volume and Large-Part Operations
October 14, 2014
Dymax Corporation has introduced the new SG-200 Super-Flow Spray Gun System, designed for masking and coating applications where significantly higher flow rates are required. With achievable flow rates of 2.5 – 20 oz. per minute, the system helps operators maximize productivity in high-volume and large-part masking and coating applications.
Arburg presents high-end exhibits at Plastimagen 2014 in Mexico
October 13, 2014
Arburg will be presenting two energy-efficient, high-end exhibits at the Plastimagen 2014, which will take place from 18 to 21 November 2014 in Mexico City. A “Packaging” version of a hybrid high-performance Allrounder 570 H will produce 24 high quality screw caps in a cycle time of 3.5 seconds. The second exhibit is an electric Allrounder 520 E from the Edrive series, which enables cost-effective entry into the world of electric machines.
New Hybrid Molding Process and Material Innovations From Victrex Delivers Next-Generation Aerospace Solutions
October 10, 2014
Victrex has developed a new PAEK-based polymer and an innovative hybrid molding technology. This allows engineers to overmold a PAEK-based composite with fiber-reinforced VICTREX® PEEK injection molding materials. The polymeric advancement allows engineers to design stronger, lower cost components that are up to 60% lighter than typical metal and thermoset systems.
Thermoplastic composites with multiaxial-oriented continuous fiber layers
October 9, 2014
LANXESS has achieved a process innovation in the production of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic Tepex composites. The subsidiary company Bond-Laminates, which manufactures these composites, is now able to continuously series-produce large semi-finished composite products in which the continuous fiber layers can be oriented at almost any conceivable angle. Until now, the continuous fibers in Tepex could only be lined up in the direction of production or perpendicular to it (0 degrees or 90 degrees).
Forward Technology Announces Major Expansion at Cokato, Minn. Headquarters
October 8, 2014
Forward Technology, a leading manufacturer of standard and custom plastic welding equipment and testing systems, announced a major expansion at its Cokato, Minn. headquarters site, which will enable the company to significantly expand penetration into growing markets. Forward Technology’s 10,000-sq-ft expansion includes 6500 sq ft of extra manufacturing space and 3500 sq ft of new sales/office room.
Husky takes hot runner and controller capability to the next level
October 7, 2014
Husky Injection Molding Systems announced that it will showcase its latest technologies in hot runners and controllers at Fakuma 2014, including UNIFY™ pre-assembled manifold systems, ALTANIUM MATRIX2™ hot runner and mold controllers, and an exciting first look at next generation valve gate nozzles.
Forward Technology Launches High-Speed Servo Spin Welder for Joining of Small-Diameter Parts
October 2, 2014
Forward Technology, a manufacturer of standard and custom plastic welding equipment and testing systems, has announced the introduction of a new high-speed orientation spin welder designed for smaller diameter and more difficult applications that require delivery of rotational speed at high precision. The unique spin welder is targeted for manufacturers of small-diameter components (down to 0.125-in/0.08-mm) such as fittings, tubing, and fuel lines for the medical, automotive, and industrial markets.
Huntsman Advanced Materials optimises auto composites series applications
October 1, 2014
In the on-going commitment to reduce weight even further in automotive structures, many OEMs and suppliers are focusing on implementing the best and most cost-effective processing techniques to manufacture mass-produced, epoxy composite vehicle parts. Here, Klaus Ritter, Head of the Centre of Excellence for Composites at Huntsman Advanced Materials, looks at how the company is helping to optimise the latest out-of-autoclave manufacturing techniques.
New bioplastic set to accelerate 3D printing market
September 30, 2014
One of the UK’s leading bioplastics developers, Biome Bioplastics, has launched a new material for the 3D printing industry. Made from plant starches, Biome3D is a biodegradable plastic that combines easy processing and a superior print finish, while offering much higher print speeds.
High purity requirements: Treffert meets exacting demands with special compounds produced on Coperion's new ZSK 32 Mc18 smart
September 29, 2014
The Treffert Group, an acknowledged expert in the production of masterbatches and special-purpose compounds, has once again extended its fleet of machines with a twin screw extruder from Coperion, Stuttgart, Germany. This time it is a ZSK 32 Mc18 smart, which was first presented at K 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Equipped with 32 mm diameter screws, this extruder has been put into service at Treffert SAS, the group's facility at Ste-Marie-aux-Chênes in the Lorraine region of France.
SPE Appointes Russell C. Broome as Managing Director
September 26, 2014
The Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) has appointed Russell Broome as its new Managing Director.
MOCON launches first-ever, fully-automated WVTR testing system for packaging
September 24, 2014
MOCON, Inc., manufacturer of permeation instrumentation, is unveiling the first-ever, fully-automated water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) testing system for packaging and other barrier structures, the PERMATRAN-W® Model 3/34 G.
Henkel Unveils First Instant Hybrid Adhesive: Structural Cyanoacrylate Technology
September 23, 2014
Henkel Corporation has introduced Loctite® 4090™, a versatile, patented hybrid adhesive that combines the bond strength of a structural epoxy with the speed of an instant adhesive. This powerful combination delivers the first structural cyanoacrylate - an adhesive that offers rapid, high strength bonding to a range of substrates along with impact and moisture resistance, and temperature resistance to 300°F.
Trexel’s MuCell Technology gives New Balance Running Shoes Premium Energy Return for the Highest Performance
September 22, 2014
Running shoe manufacturing is a science – blending the right form, function and materials to achieve the highest performance and fit. Trexel has helped New Balance achieve greater performance by incorporating Mucell technology in the development of their running shoe components.
Bayer plans to focus entirely on Life Science businesses
September 18, 2014
Bayer intends in the future to focus entirely on the Life Science businesses - HealthCare and CropScience - and float MaterialScience on the stock market as a separate company. In this way Bayer is positioning itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health. The Supervisory Board unanimously approved the Board of Management's plans.
SPI and Tooling U-SME Launch PlasticsU to Provide Online Machinery Training for Production Workers
September 17, 2014
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and Tooling U-SME, a leader in providing workforce development and training to the manufacturing industry, announced the launch of a new online training program aimed at closing the manufacturing skills gap in the plastics industry. Administered by Tooling U-SME, PlasticsU will serve the plastics industry by providing formal online training tailored specifically for the industry’s challenges and needs.
Dow Introduces Novel Epoxy Toughener for Infrastructure and Industrial Coatings and Adhesives
September 16, 2014
Dow Polyurethanes has introduced VORASPEC™ 58 Toughened Epoxy Binder, a new high-performance reactive epoxy toughener to meet the needs of epoxy systems for industrial and infrastructure applications, especially those that are installed in harsh environments.
BASF to focus on color management tools at CAD RETEC Conference
September 15, 2014
Visitors to the 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers CAD RETEC Conference in New Orleans will have the opportunity to explore how BASF chemistry can enhance color formulations in the plastic industry. With the theme of “Pigments for Sensitive Applications,” BASF will highlight pigment formulations used in sensitive applications in the plastics industry including the impact regulations by countries around the world are having in plastic applications.
Caltech Scientists Create Technique to Develop Strong, Lightweight, and Unbreakable Materials
September 12, 2014
Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her colleagues are on the path to developing such a material and many others that possess unheard-of combinations of properties. For example, they might create a material that is thermally insulating but also extremely lightweight, or one that is simultaneously strong, lightweight, and nonbreakable—properties that are generally thought to be mutually exclusive.
PendaForm Assets Up for Grabs in Online Auction
Assets of plastics extrusion and thermoforming equipment maker PendaForm Co. will be auctioned off online. Tiger Group and Century Services Corp., two asset liquidation companies, will conduct the auction.