Quick-change graphic films spice up vehicle decoration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2015

Avery Dennison (Oegstgeest, The Netherlands) is adding to its Digital Cast Films range with a new MPI 1104 Cast Films Series. These high performance materials are designed to meet growing demand for quick-change graphics and messaging for vehicle and architectural solutions.

Husky hosts industry event with Napcor

By Kari Embree
Published: August 31st, 2015

Recently, Husky Injection Molding Systems and the National Association for PET Container Resources (Napcor; Florence, KY) partnered up to host a one-day event at Husky's global headquarters in Bolton, Ontario, Canada. The event was held during the first day of Napcor’s summer membership meeting with more than 50 business leaders in attendance.

Kiefel breaks ground for a new logistics center

By Karen Laird
Published: August 31st, 2015

In a sign of the improving economic times, Germany-based Kiefel GmbH, a Brückner Group company that manufactures machinery and systems for the plastics industry, is adding a new logistics center at the site of its headquarters in Freilassing. The company said that the expansion was needed to accommodate the “strong growth in international markets.”

Metal-based 3D-printer company SLM Solutions confirms robust growth for 2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2015

Metal 3D printing appears to be catching on much faster in production environments than 3D printing with plastics. That is probably due to the fact that subtractive metal fabrication, as used in moldmaking, is a much slower process than the injection molding of plastic parts, particularly those from multi-cavity molds. Growth in 3D metal printing has been fairly strong for this process, as shown by one company.

SRG Global celebrates expansion of Mexico plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2015

SRG Global (Warren, MI), a Guardian company, held an opening ceremony on August 24 to celebrate the expansion of its Irapuato, Mexico, facility that will support the company's continuing production of high-value coatings for plastics. Company officials were joined by members of the state, local government officials as well as customers and other community partners to commemorate the occasion.

Bangkok bombing does not affect turnout at Thai plastics show

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 28th, 2015

T-Plas, the annual plastics showcase for Thailand and the ASEAN region, which kicked off in Bangkok on August 26 alongside sister show Pack Print International, was seemingly unaffected by the tragic bombing that occurred in the city recently. On hand to officiate at the opening ceremony, Her Excellency Ms Atchaka Sribunruang, Minister of Industry (center), noted that there had been no cancellations from exhibitors, while organizer Messe Düsseldorf was confident that the combined events would attract 20,000 visitors over the course of the four-day event.

3D-printed prosthetic hand wins UK Dyson award

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 28th, 2015

A 3D-printed robotic hand for amputees has won the 2015 James Dyson Award in the United Kingdom. Joel Gibbard, a 25-year-old robotics engineer, told the BBC that he can 3D-scan an amputee and build them a custom-fitted socket and hand in less than two days. Using conventional technology, this process typically can take weeks or months and cost much more.

Clariant to spin off Plastics & Coatings business

By Karen Laird
Published: August 28th, 2015

Amid the announcements earlier this month about Clariant’s (Muttenz, Switzerland) significantly improved EBITDA margin and better cash flow in the second quarter on 2015, was tucked in a piece of news about the Plastics & Coatings business. In order to “fully leverage their value creation potential for the company,” Clariant is establishing a subsidiary for the Business Area Plastics & Coatings comprised of the Business Units Masterbatches, Additives and Pigments.

Local Motors and Arizona State University partner on high-tech materials for 3D-printed car

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 28th, 2015

Local Motors (Phoenix, AZ) and Arizona State University have formed a partnership to advance materials research into 3D-printed automotive parts, which will be used on the world's first 3D-printed car, scheduled to be on the road in early 2016. Local Motors will join the ASU Polytechnic eProjects program, which connects students and faculty in ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with cutting-edge technology companies. Students will be introduced to the program at the 2015 Polytechnic School eProject Forum on Aug. 31.

‘Diamonds from the sky’ approach grows carbon fiber from thin air

By Karen Laird
Published: August 28th, 2015

It may sound like something straight from Harry Potter, but the team at George Washington University that has found a way to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers is made up of real-life scientists, not wizards. The team presented their research on their new CO2 capture and utilization technology at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) last week in Boston.

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