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Reifenhäuser: Insulation installed on extruders can save thousands per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2014

Simple measures such as the enclosure of certain line components can result in significant savings in blown film production. However, according to Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion, the amount of savings strongly depends on the component chosen. Tests conducted in the Technology Center of Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion with various raw materials shown that the enclosure of barrels and heater-bands has reportedly proved to be the most efficient measure.

Technical article: Soft-touch for the price of two-component injection molding

By ENGEL
Published: September 19th, 2014

One of the key differentiating features of modern cars is the interior. In addition to the overall design, special attention is being paid to the quality of the surfaces. A variety of manufacturing processes have been created to give interior grained surfaces a soft feel. The Dolphin process, which is unrivalled in cost effectiveness, is set to join the ranks.

Kydex and Allen Extruders join together as Sekisui SPI

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 19th, 2014

Sekisui Chemical has joined together Kydex and Allen Extruders to form Sekisui SPI.

Sekisui Chemical purchased Kydex, a manufacturer of thermoplastic sheet design, back in 1990. In 2007, the Tokyo-based chemical giant acquired Allen Extruders. Sekisui SPI will be headquartered at Kydex's location in Bloomsburg, PA, with a second location in Holland, MI, where Allen Extruders is based.

Amcor to operate an on-site bottle production facility at Method’s Chicago plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2014

Amcor Rigid Plastics plans to operate an on-site bottle production facility within Method's new advanced manufacturing facility in Chicago. Method, a provider in eco-friendly household, fabric, and personal care products, recently announced that it will build a flagship manufacturing facility in the Pullman Park neighborhood on Chicago's south side.

Ultra-lightweight SMC solution for auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP; Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced Tough Class A (TCA) Ultra Lite, a 1.2 specific gravity, 36.8% fiber reinforced polyester-based sheet molding compound (SMC) formulation that reportedly provides engineers the ability to design with a lower specific gravity material without sacrificing mechanical properties, surface qualities and adhesion requirements.  This material has already approved by major automotive OEMs and is programmed for a production vehicle beginning in January 2015.

Chinese-based TPE manufacturer establishes North American headquarters

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 18th, 2014

Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers is American-owned, but the company saw its start thousands of miles away.

"The company began in China because it was the largest TPE market at the time and we continue to see robust demand within this market," a company spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Since the establishment of the business in 2005 in China, Polymax TPE has designated a TPE Research and Development Center for Jiangsu Province and has become one of the top three TPE manufacturers in China, according to the company.

Eastman Chemical expands nonphthalate plasticizer capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

Eastman Chemical Co. has completed a previously announced capacity expansion of its Eastman 168 nonphthalate plasticizers at its manufacturing facility in Texas City, TX. Overall capacity of Eastman 168 has been increased by approximately 15%.

Haier will use new liquid blowing agent in large-capacity refrigerators

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 18th, 2014

Haier will adopt Honeywell's new low-global-warming-potential Solstice liquid blowing agent in China in the manufacture of refrigerators.

Blowing agents allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam's insulating properties. The blowing agent supplier said Solstice LBA can help home appliance manufacturers realize an 8-10% energy efficiency improvement when compared to cyclopentane.

DuPont to increase ethylene capacity to meet packaging demand

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 18th, 2014

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers plans to invest $100 million to increase production capacity of its ethylene copolymers assets at its Texas manufacturing facilities. The company estimates that the by the end of 2015, it will install more than one-third of the investment. The balance of the investment is expected to be completed over the following three years. 

Registration open for SPI's Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

From managing a multigenerational workforce to learning how 3D printing may offer a 'giant step' for short run injection molds, the lineup for the Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando, FL) is looking strong.  

The Business of Plastics Conference, also produced by SPI, will be held during the first three days of the exposition. NPE2015 attendees can now register for the conference as part of the process of registering for the show.

The Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations. Session topics will include:

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