Published: July 17th, 2014
Elasto Sweden is building a new production line for its medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) at its facility in Åmål, Sweden. Part of the Hexpol TPE group (Eupen, Belgium), Elasto plans to invest in high-quality twin screw technology, advanced raw material controls, and supporting auxiliary and testing equipment. The new line is expected to come on stream in 2015.
Published: July 2nd, 2014
Lanxess (Cologne) has taken its new plant for polyamide (PA) plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The 90,000 tonnes/year will primarily serve the automotive industry.
Published: June 23rd, 2014
Nordson Corp. has appointed Regis Machinery (Sales) Ltd. as its agent in the United Kingdom and Ireland for its extrusion dies product lines, it was announced by Andrei Stapinoiu, managing director of Nordson EDI Europe.
Regis Machinery will provide sales and support services for Nordson EDI Europe's range of flat dies and related systems for film, sheet, extrusion coating, and fluid coating. The company has long provided representation for Nordson's Kreyenborg line of pumps and screen changers and its BKG line of pelletizers.
Published: June 16th, 2014
Sabic, Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) and other industry partners are working to further advance the development of the world's first thermoplastic composite wheel. The wheel leverages the properties of Sabic's polyetherimide (PEI) resin and Kringlan's three-dimensional composite design capabilities to create a material solution that can be used to replace heavier traditional materials, such as metal and aluminum alloy.
Published: May 29th, 2014
A new jacket compound that exhibits a low-temperature brittleness value of <-60ºC is the latest addition to a suite of Flexalloy PVC elastomer products for jacketing and insulation of electric vehicle (EV) charger cables from Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI). The newest product, Flexalloy 9612-75, is a 75 Shore A jacket compound that complies with the -40 ºC Cold Impact test requirement specified in CSA standards.
Published: May 27th, 2014
PolyOne Europe has ordered the new ZSK 26 Mc18 twin screw extruder from Coperion GmbH, for the company's trials in the development of its fiber reinforced and additive-enhanced polymers. Coperion will supply the equipped laboratory extruder from start to finish: from the material feeding system (Coperion K-Tron) to the compounding extruder to the pelletizing system (Coperion pelletizing technology).
Japanese firm commits to second compounding operation in North America; Alabama attracts $30 million investment
Published: May 21st, 2014
Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals (Tokyo) has finalized a decision to construct a 30,000 tonnes/year plant for plastic compounds in Athens, Alabama, as the second plant of its US subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA, Fowlerville, MI). The facility is expected to start up in early 2016 and compound the company's Thermylene polypropylene (PP), Leona polyamide (PA) 66 products, among others.
Published: May 19th, 2014
Teknor Apex took home the Innovation in Bioplastics Award from SPI for its development of Terraloy high-impact, heat-resistant polylactic acid (PLA) compounds, which are compostable and reportedly generate less greenhouse gas than standard resins for applications such as disposables and foodware.
Published: May 9th, 2014
Plastics and packaging mergers and acquisitions (M&As) continue to be on a roll. Following a strong finish in 2013, transactions in Q1 2014 matched the volume of Q4 2013, reports the M&A Quarterly - Plastics & Packaging, published by middle-market investment firm P&M Corporate Finance (PMCF).
Published: April 29th, 2014
Shanghai, China—The US National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) announced a new rule in March this that will require vehicles built from May 1, 2018 onward to have a back-up or reversing cameras. The law applies to all road-legal vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.