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Frankfurt auto show to showcase electric vehicles, technologies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

The September Frankfurt auto show (IAA) will feature a dedicated hall showcasing new electric-vehicle technology. The German Auto Industry Association (VDA), which organizes the world's largest car show, said the Hall for Electric Mobility will feature manufactuers of electric vehicles such as Daimler, Opel, Renault and Mitsubishi.

Live Chat: Rodon talks energy efficient injection molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

How many changes to light bulbs does it take to save $5000/month? Just one for injection molding and moldmaking company, The Rodon Group (Hatfield, PA).

Adaptive EOAT helps robots get a grip without changing tooling

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

Motoman and Robotiq have formed a partnership to provide dexterous robotic gripper tooling on robots with the goal of increasing manufacturers' application flexibility and reducing their tooling costs. Robotiq, manufacturer of Adaptive Robotic Grippers, and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc.

Nitric oxide embedded in polymers for antimicrobial devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

A technology that uses nitric oxide gas embedded into polymers as an antimicrobial to prevent hospital acquired infections has been granted a U.S. patent. Enox Biopharma Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced that it received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent Office for its "Antimicrobial Gas-Releasing Ear Drainage Tubes." Enox calls the intellectual property a foundation patent for the company. Additional patent applications are under review in the U.S.

Plastic label converter CCL investing $30 million in developing markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

Far afield from its North American headquarters, plastics packaging processor / converter CCL Industries Inc., best known in this industry for its label conversion capabilities and plastic tube extrusion, plans to invest $30 million this year and next to expand its CCL Label operations in emerging markets. The company will build three new greenfield plants and also invest in additional capacity at some of its existing facilities. More than 80% of CCL's earnings stem from its labels business.

Medical outsourcing firm acquires plastics processor Ansamed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

Medical device outsourcing company Vention Medical, based in Marlborough, MA, this week announced its acquisition of Ansamed, a plastics processor and manufacturer based in Ireland. The purchase gives Vention a bigger footprint in the market for advanced medical tubing extrusion and a strategic European presence. Last year Vention acquired Advanced Polymers, another processor known for its expertise in extrusion of heat shrink tubing and specialized catheter designs.

LG Electronics turns to KraussMaffei for electronic devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

The Korean developer and manufacturer of electronic devices has signed a cooperation agreement with plastics processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei to work together to drive technological development in plastics processing for electronics devices. LG also bought new injection molding machinery from KM.

Introduce your plastics to the mother of invention

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Plastics have proved to be a boon to inventors! Just think of all the widgets and gadgets that inventors have made using plastics. Case in point: One of those entrepreneurial inventors, Tim Crawley, developed Snappy Grip handles. Why this invention? Well you know what they say about necessity being the mother, etc.

Processing “Genies” make bottle users’ wishes come true

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Plastics processors sometimes get a chance to brag about their recent projects. This week three shared with us what they have been doing to help their customers improve their blow-molded packaging.

RPC Kutenholz, for instance, part of European rigid plastics packaging processor RPC Group (London, England), developed a new barrier bottle for German food processor Kühne which has enabled that company to dispense with preservatives in its Deluxe barbecue sauces

Core Molding opens new subsidiary, manufacturing site in Kentucky

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Core Molding Technologies Inc. has formed a new subsidiary with its own manufacturing site to support business outside its traditional heavy truck customer base. The Columbus, OH headquartered fiberglass reinforced plastics manufacturer and compounder of custom sheet molding compound (SMC) has launched Core Specialty Composites LLC in Warsaw, KY, with 62,000-sq-ft of leased manufacturing space.

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