Natural fiber fabric saves weight in composite structures

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 4th, 2015

A technology based on the concept of leaf-veins can be applied to strengthen synthetic fiber-reinforced composites and reduce overall weight. Based on flax fibers, powerRib fabrics can be used to reinforce thin-walled structures, resulting in a "pseudo mini sandwich," since no core material is involved. The fabrics can readily be processed with standard vacuum molding techniques.

Roof systems tier 1 opens plants in China, Romania

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2015

Inteva Products (Troy, MI) is expanding its global presence with the opening of two new manufacturing plants in Oradea, Romania and Wuhan, China; as well as the relocation of its Wuppertal Technical Center to a new larger facility in Solingen, Germany.

Aerospace metal-replacement application leads to fewer parts, lower weight and lower costs

By Karen Laird
Published: May 1st, 2015

While fuel housings for aerospace applications are traditionally designed in metal, Egmond Plastics (Alkmaar, Netherlands) has developed a proprietary technology enabling them to be produced from high-performance engineering plastic materials. This technology, called fusible-core technology, allows for undercuts in injection molding.

Is GM's $5.4b U.S. investment an olive branch to UAW after major Mexican spend?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

A report that General Motors Co. has announced plans to invest $5.4 billion in its U.S. plants over the next three years hit all the major business news media today. A report from Reuters quoted Cathy Clegg, GM North American manufacturing chief, as saying that the "common thread" among GM's investments "is the focus on product improvements," and adding that "the overall investments would create 650 jobs and retain more than 15,000 existing positions."

Report shows reshoring on the rise—just in time

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

According to data in the latest report from the Reshoring Initiative, the "bleeding of manufacturing jobs to offshore has stopped." The U.S. has gone from losing about 140,000 manufacturing jobs per year to gaining 10,000 or more per year, the report states. While that number represents some gains, the report notes that there are still three to four million manufacturing jobs offshore, which represent "a huge potential for U.S. economic growth."

Lots of parts—and 190 tons of scrap—produced by NPE exhibitors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

All plastic processing plants produce scrap along with their parts, and NPE this year was no exception. With injection molding machines and blow molding equipment running all day for nearly more than four days, producing a variety of parts—some of them quite large—scrap was to be expected. At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor. That was twice as many exhibitor than at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling, SPI announced.

MHG’s bioplastic earns marine biodegradable certification from Vinçotte

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

In March of this year, the Belgian test, inspection and certification agency Vinçotte International introduced its newest certification scheme for marine biodegradability. Now, the biopolymer company MHG has become the first company to obtain OK biodegradable MARINE Certification from Vinçotte International, verifying this company's claim regarding the biodegradability of its PHA materials in the marine environment. This verification, said MGH, "distinguishes MHG's truly marine biodegradable product from unverified claims by competitors with similar products."

New blister packer for pharmaceutical traceability at dispensing unit level

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

At the upcoming ACHEMA 2015, the trade show for the process industries taking place this year from 15-19 June in Frankfurt/Main, the Germany-based manufacturer of packaging and processing solutions Romaco Group will show end-to-end solutions for granulation and coating, tableting and primary and secondary packaging. Among the novelties on show: a new blister line with an integrated anti-counterfeiting system, enabling the primary packaging to be unequivocally identified, which Romaco is unveiling at the show.

SGL Group adds new fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material to organic sheet range

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

SGL Group, a producer of carbon-based products with headquarters in Wiesbaden (Germany) has announced that it is adding organic sheets made from carbon and glass fibers to its portfolio.

Dip molding and coating: A versatile, flexible plastics process you may never have heard of

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

Dip molding and coating is a plastics process that, while used commonly on many types of products that include everything from medical devices to hand tools to gasoline pump handles, remains largely unknown to many plastics engineers and product designers. Yet, dip molding and coating using a variety of liquid polymers offers many advantages and, in certain applications, can even be an excellent alternative to the injection molding and extrusion processes.

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