Panorama roof incorporates infrared absorption function

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 25th, 2015

A heat-absorbing panorama roof made of shatterproof polycarbonate (PC) plastic brings more light into the interior and creates a sense of greater spaciousness in the smart fortwo, while at the same time reducing heat buildup in the cabin and thereby contributing to better fuel economy via reduced air-conditioner load.

Fi-Cell PET bottle technology is coming to Europe

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 23rd, 2015

Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI) has been named the exclusive agent in Europe for the sales and licensing for Toyo Seikan's Fi-Cell foamed PET bottle processing technology for packaging applications. Last year, the company announced its exclusive representation of Fi-Cell technology in the United States. The technology has already been commercialized by Toyo Seikan in Japan for a line of coffee drinks. 

Tinius Olsen launches new line of electromechanical universal testing machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 23rd, 2015

Tinius Olsen has developed a new line of electromechanical universal testing machines, bench and floor models. The ST Series feature frames with capacities up to 300kN of force, carefully applied by advanced digital control. The bench mounted ST series replace the S series and T series of testers from Tinius Olsen, and are available in capacities of 1kN (200lbf), 5kN (1,000 lbf), 10kN (2,000lbf), 25kN (5,000lbf), and 50kN (10,000lbf).

Plastics plays key role in Zero Energy homes becoming a reality

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 23rd, 2015

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) just concluded its annual International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, and as usual one of the big features was a tour of The New American Home (TNAH) built by a selected homebuilder. This year the TNAH was designed and built by Blue Heron Design/Build LLC and built in a suburb of Las Vegas, just a few miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Italian compounder to set up US operation

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 23rd, 2015

Italian polypropylene (PP) compounder Sirmax (Cittadella) plans to invest $25.6 million to establish a production facility in Anderson, IN. The 140,000-square-foot compounding plant will be located on a 26.3-acre greenfield site. Targeting operation by October 2015, the company's first North American location will serve as a strategic logistical location for its automotive and appliance customers, which includes a US-based client that signed a $20 million annual contract with Sirmax late last year.

Mitsubishi Group companies to combine carbon fiber businesses

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 22nd, 2015

Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. (Tokyo) and Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) plan to integrate their carbon fiber businesses that are, respectively, pitch-based and PAN-based. The merger will take place on April 1, 2015 with the establishment of a new entity by Mitsubishi Rayon. The combined entity will have revenue estimated at over $500 million and is targeting sales of over $850 million by 2018.

EU says BPA is safe for humans at current exposure levels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 21st, 2015

It may not change any entrenched opinions, but, for the record, the European Union's food safety watchdog has just published a report that categorically states that humans face no health risks from exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) came to the conclusion following a new risk assessment, its first since 2006, and this despite reducing the safe level of BPA from 50 micrograms to 4 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day.

Teknor Apex and Arkema collaboration yields new breathable housewrap film compounds with renewable content

By Karen Laird
Published: January 21st, 2015

A collaboration between Teknor Apex Company and Arkema Inc. has led to the development of a new family of compounds based on the combination of Arkema's Pebax thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with Teknor Apex's Terraloy bioplastic. The compounds resulting from the strategic alliance between the two companies will broaden the range of breathable, bio-based films that offer a wide choice of film permeabilities enabling manufacturers of housewrap to increase their product offerings and expand their commitment to sustainability.

R&D/Leverage partners with Hughes Design Group for structure-to-branding packaging solutions

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 21st, 2015

Becoming more than 'just a moldmaker' has brought R&D/Leverage a world of opportunities for expanding its business globally. R&D/Leverage, headquartered n Lee's Summit, MO, services the food and beverage, home and personal care, and healthcare industries, offering not only mold manufacturing capabilities but structural brand development as well. Structural brand development includes upfront research such as retain audits that include trend and color study, ethnographic research, consumer focus groups, concept development, validation and implementation.

Four technological challenges the auto industry faces today

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 21st, 2015

Who cares about all the high-tech gadgets proliferating vehicles today? Lots of people care, according to Brendan Cahill, director of Dykema's Automotive Industry Group. Dykema, a national business law firm serving a variety of industries, has offices throughout the U.S. including three in Michigan.

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