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Strong expansion projected for European biodegradable plastic market

By Karen Laird
Published: July 24th, 2014

Regulatory measures, growing R&D investments in bioplastics by public and private sectors and growing environmental awareness among consumers throughout the European Union are combining to create an environment in which biodegradable plastics can flourish, says a recently published report by TechSci Research, a global research based management consulting firm. In "Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019," researchers forecast a robust CAGR of around 12% during 2014-19 for the biodegradable plastics market in Europe.

Ultrasonic machining process makes light work of composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 24th, 2014

Researchers at Loughborough University (Leicestershire, UK) have developed a device that they say could revolutionize the way cutting, drilling and milling of composite materials is accomplished. It involves a technique called ultrasonically-assisted machining (UAM), which uses a specially designed piezoelectric transducer working in tandem with a traditional turning, drilling or milling machine.

New line of injection molded thermoplastic components to compete with metals

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 23rd, 2014

A new line from Piper Plastics is said to bridge the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. The new material, called Kyron Max, allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals.

Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.

StackTeck delivers turnkey system to Chilean packaging processor

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

StackTeck Systems Ltd. announced the one-year anniversary of the delivery of two 96-cavity 1881 closure systems to its customer Envases CMF in Chile. Envases CMF has reached a one-year milestone as a new producer of beverage caps. Envases CMF selected StackTeck as their turnkey system provider for a liner-less 1881 CDS beverage cap, a design that is licensed by Universal Closures (UCL) of the United Kingdom.

Learning to open up: German industry underestimates the power of external knowledge

By Karen Laird
Published: July 23rd, 2014

The latest results of the Industry Innovation Index survey commissioned by Altana, a German-based specialty chemicals group, are in and once again providing interesting insights into German industrial managers' take on success factors of innovative companies. Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the factor that scored the lowest was open innovation.

According to the survey, currently only seven percent of companies consistently incorporate external expertise into their innovation processes.

Teknor Apex unveils polymer-neutral strategy for medical market at MEDTEC China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 23rd, 2014

PVC or not PVC? If that is the question, Teknor Apex (Singapore) says it has the answer for customers in the medical sector. The compounder has restructured its product portfolio to offer medical device designers and manufacturers an expansive range of raw material options, an approach that it is calling a polymer-neutral medical market strategy. The company will introduce the concept at MEDTEC China, which returns to Shanghai in September 2014.

Auto industry globalization: Tier I production reaches Laos

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Japanese Tier I Toyota Boshoku (Kariya) is perhaps the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the impoverished Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacture of automobile seat covers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Production capacity is 200,000 units/year.

Designing devices that pass the turn-around test

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 22nd, 2014

At Misfit (San Francisco, CA), the company that makes the Shine activity tracker and Beddit sleep tracker, they routinely apply the turn-around test to determine the true value of a product. It's a simple concept, as Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit, explained at a recent conference in Pasadena, CA: Wearable Tech LA: Where Health and Entertainment Meet Wearables. "If you forget something when you leave the house, would you turn around to get it?

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and NAM support Senate’s response to address skills gap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Congress was finally able to accomplish something this summer when both the House and the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by an overwhelming 415-6 and 95-3 vote respectively. The passage of this bill last month pleased many of the manufacturing trade associations.

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