Beverage industry seeks savings through short-neck closures

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2014

Bottled water consumption is growing rapidly in Asia and simultaneously, there are pressures from brand owners on sustainability and packaging cost. One avenue available to assist in these dual aims is to adopt one-piece short-neck closures.

Chinaplas: Less friction leads to better fuel economy

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 25th, 2014

Weight reduction in automobiles is a major issue in improving their fuel economies. Not so well known is the fact that reducing energy losses due to friction can be a key contributor as well. This route to enhanced fuel efficiency has been demonstrated in an application employing a grade of Stanyl polyamide 46 from DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Chinaplas: Polycarbonate makes inroads in vehicle interiors, safety components

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 7th, 2014

The BMW i3 has one of the highest level of polycarbonate (PC) usage of any vehicle according to Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany), with more than 25 kg of safety, interior and exterior components, among others, utilizing the material.

Chinaplas: Copolymer POM grades target high load gear applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 6th, 2014

Shanghai, China-High load gear applications have traditionally turned to homopolymer grades of polyacetal (POM) resin. The latest copolymer offerings from Celanese (Dallas, TX), however, are said to offer sufficient mechanical properties for use in such applications.

Chinaplas: Haitian ships record number of machines in 2013; 27%-plus global market share

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 5th, 2014

Shanghai, China-China's and indeed the world's largest injection molding machine builder, Haitian International (Ningbo), announced record unit shipments of around 27,000 presses in 2013, which depending on what source you rely in corresponds to a global market share of the order of 27¬-32%. Shipments far exceeded the previous year's figure of 22,000 units.

Chinaplas: Hybrid vehicles drive halogen-free compound adoption

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 4th, 2014

The emergence of the hybrid vehicle has provided a major impetus to the adoption of halogen-free flame retardant (HFFR) polyolefin compounds in automotive wire and cable according to coupling agent supplier Addivant (Middlebury, CT). "We have been very successful in penetrating the automotive market in Japan and we are now expanding [our efforts] on a global basis," notes Serge Rogasik, Vice President, General Manager, Global Performance Materials at Addivant.

Chinaplas: Celanese outlines compounding plans for China, highlights PPS advances

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 29th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Celanese Corporation (Dallas, TX) will expand its compounding capabilities at its Nanjing, China, site to include Fortron polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds. The PPS compounding expansion is expected to be operational by year-end 2014. Currently the firm compounds PBT, LCP and POM materials there

The capacity will be capable of compounding recently launched PPS products such as CES50 and ICE, which Celanese was highlighting at the recent Chinaplas show.

Chinaplas: Wittmann Battenfeld plans local production of all-electric injection machines in China

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 29th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Come 2015 and machine builder Wittmann Battenfeld plans to commence production of all-electric injection presses at its facility in Kunshan. The company already manufactures robots, temperature controllers, granulators and driers there.

Chinaplas: Spiral wound pipe line delivered to China

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 29th, 2014

Shanghai, China—China's Hebei Chinaust Plastics has commissioned a production line for up to 3.5-m diameter polypropylene spiral wound pipes delivered by Bauku (Wiehl, Germany). A similar line had previously been delivered to Union Pipes Industry (Abu Dhabi).

Chinaplas: Husky targets reduced variability in hot runners systems

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 29th, 2014

Shanghai, China—The focus at the Husky (Bolton, ON) stand at Chinaplas was reduced variability; in concrete terms precise temperature control, synchronized gate opening and closing, and thermal uniformity in hot runner systems. To realize the latter, Husky designers are now using thermal FEA (finite element analysis) to optimize each manifold, meaning the resin traveling to each cavity has an identical thermal history. This history is verified during final assembly.

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