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Carbon fiber wheels propel Tour de France winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Hexcel Composites (Duxford, Cambridge) had a helping hand in the efforts of Vincenzo Nibali during his winning ride in the 2014 Tour de France. The rider's bike wheels were manufactured by Corima (Loriol-sur-Drôme, France) using Hexcel's carbon fiber composites.

Composite rocket promises low-cost launches

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

US Aerospace company Rocket Lab (Los Angeles, CA) is developing a world-first launch vehicle to deliver satellites into orbit cheaper and faster than ever before. The vehicle will make extensive use of carbon composites.

battenfeld-cincinnati makes several upgrades to its alpha extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

After 12 years and more than 750 units sold, battenfeld-cincinnati has made several updates to its standardized single screw extruders for technical profiles and small pipes.

In contrast to its predecessor models, the revised alpha extruders are now equipped with a new compact drive system, which the company says offers the benefit of small dimensions and substantially reduced oil requirements. Due to the smaller drive unit and a redesigned sub-structure, the extruder can reportedly save more space.

Integrated 3D printing and injection molding speeds time to market for medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 28th, 2014

Accelerating time to market is high on the priority list of most manufacturers. Medical device OEMs are no different, but, in addition to the design and manufacturing challenges that all companies must overcome, they also must satisfy FDA requirements.

Durable goods orders in June increased $1.8 billion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that new orders for manufactured durable goods (those lasting three years or more) increased $1.8 billion or 0.7% to $239.9 billion. This increase, up four of the last five months, followed a 1.0% May decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased to 0.8%.

Machinery orders were up following two consecutive monthly decreases, led the increase, $0.9 billion or 2.4% to $373.3 billion.

Summertime and the grass is green! But how is the lawn & garden market?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The lawn and garden market always springs to life about April or May in many parts of the country, and that's when sales of garden tractors and equipment, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and other helpful tools for landscape maintenance, lawn care and gardening see a strong boost in sales. However, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA), the lawn and garden business could be better.

Medical thermoformer Nelipak expands U.S. footprint with Flexpak acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

Nelipak Corp. (Cranston, RI) announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Debond Corp. (dba Flexpak Corp.). The business will be owned by Nelipak and operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging.

Thermoplastic-compatible carbon fiber production commences; focus on auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

At the end of June, SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) started production of thermoplastic-compatible polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibers at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland. The new production start-up will initially service orders from the automotive industry.

Desiccant wheel dryers sized just right for medical molders, extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

New compact dryers from Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) that can be mounted on the feed throat of a molding machine or extruder provide the same performance as larger desiccant-wheel dryers, making them advantageous when small quantities of expensive engineering resins are processed. Suppliers serving the medical device industry and other sectors where engineering resins are commonly used will benefit.

Reportedly the smallest wheel-type dryers on the market, the MicroWheel devices are designed as an alternative to compressed-air dryers and small twin-tower units.

New study looks at the role plastic films play in global food production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2014

In order to feed a global population, which is expected to top nine billion people by 2050, the world must reduce food waste and the distribution of food needs to be improved and food production increased. At the same time, agriculture faces challenges due to changing economic and environmental trends including climate change, biofuel expansion, slowing agricultural yields, rising meat demand and ever increasing calorie intake from a growing global middle class. It is estimated that by 2050, about 70% of the global population will be urban, compared to 50% today.

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