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Surging demand for Molecor PVC-O and large-diameter pipe

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

The market for PVC-O pipe has seen huge growth numbers over the last eight years, according to estimates provided by Molecor (Madrid). Also growing is demand for increasingly larger pipe diameters. Molecor has seen tremendous growth in molecularly oriented PVC pipe, which was developed as an improvement to conventional PVC pipe. 

After 25 years, Engel’s innovative tie-bar-less technology still going strong

By Karen Laird
Published: August 20th, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Engel decided to boldly go where no man had gone before. Going against the received wisdom of the time, the company developed a revolutionary, tie-bar-less design for its newest machines, which the company unveiled at the 1989 K Show in Düsseldorf. Although the logic of the new technology was clear to all, skepticism reigned.

Euromap to introduce energy label for plastics and rubber machinery

By Karen Laird
Published: August 20th, 2014

The European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, Euromap, is planning to introduce an energy label for plastics and rubber machinery. An important European industry - the sector comprises some 3,700 companies with 100,000 employees  - energy efficiency has in recent years become a major theme.

3D printing and additive manufacturing industry expected to quadruple in size in four years

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

Wohlers Associates Inc., an independent consulting firm providing technical, market, and strategic advice on developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing, expects worldwide revenues in that industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. According to the Wohlers Report 2014, the company's annual publication on the subject, the industry grew to an estimated $3.07 billion in 2013. By 2020, Wohlers Associates forecasts revenues from all products and services in the industry to exceed $21 billion.

Plasma treatment versus solvent treatment: surface adhesion improvement for polypropylene car bumpers prior to painting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2014

Flame treatment improves the surface adhesion qualities of plastics prior to the application of paints, inks or adhesives. Once a surface is flame treated, coating ability is greatly improved leading to increased durability of the finished surface.

Researchers make case for using more plastic in acupuncture

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 19th, 2014

Plastics have enabled countless advances in modern medical technology and made the practice of medicine safer and more cost efficient. Now, researchers in Australia have published a paper recommending that the ancient practice of acupuncture could also benefit from more widespread use of plastics. Specifically, they make the case that replacing the copper coil handles in disposable acupuncture needles with plastic ones would prevent needles from buckling and be more environmentally friendly.

Driverless cars will accelerate the development of 3D-printed organs. Discuss.

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 19th, 2014

Reducing the number of automobile-related fatalities is a good thing, right? Well, maybe not if you're on the waiting list for, say, a liver transplant. And that's why the advent of Google-style driverless cars, which remove human error from the driving equation, will spur the advent of bioprinted organs. At least, that's how Bre Pettis, founder and CEO of Makerbot, sees it.

New Economy In, Old Strategies Out: A Fresh Look at MES

Companies are trying to focus on unprecedented quality and service levels, and greater flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to new product introductions (NPIs). It's a familiar, but perhaps underutilized strategy to retain existing and attract high-margin business.

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Plastic sponge soaks up carbon dioxide, but don't trees do it better?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 19th, 2014

Last week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, a report presented by Andrew Cooper, PhD, from the University of Liverpool, introduced a sponge-like plastic that sops up carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas that everyone loves to hate.

Helix Medical's Baldwin Park, CA, facility earns FDA registration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2014

Helix Medical, a contract manufacturer that provides silicone and thermoplastic molding and extrusion services, has obtained FDA registration for its facility in Baldwin Park, CA.

"The registration was driven by a customer who approached us with the need to manufacture a new product requiring FDA registration," said Steve Gilder, Director of Quality, in a prepared statement. "We have continuously expanded our range of services at the Baldwin Park operation in recent years, and we are now able to offer our customers finished device manufacturing."

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