Plastic fuel injector wins SPE award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2015

A heated tip port fuel injector used on the Honda Fit and Honda City vehicles sold in Brazil to improve cold-start performance in ethanol-fueled vehicles has captured the most innovative use of plastics award in the powertrain category at last night's 45th Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala. The part was developed by Honda, Delphi Automotive and DuPont Automotive.

Swedish compounder inaugurates production line for medical-grade TPEs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2015

Elasto Sweden, part of the Hexpol TPE family, announced that it has completed installation of a new production line for its medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). The TPE compounder also has expanded the technical center at its facility in Åmål.

PVC-free blood bags begin milestone in vitro study

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 11th, 2015

Whatever you may think about the science supporting the alleged health risks of PVC and phthalates, the marketing battle has been lost. "PVC free" is a slogan that resonates in the public space, much in the same way as gluten free, even when the latter promotes a product that never contained gluten in the first place. Early on, Danish company Melitek (Alslev) has been at the forefront of developing and supplying thermoplastic elastomer and polyolefin compounds for use as PVC replacement materials in the healthcare sector.

European grant assists in development of natural fiber-ABS composite

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 4th, 2015

Elix Polymers has introduced a new generation of natural fiber-reinforced acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin. Elix ECO ABS-NF thermoplastic is said to be highly suited for injection molding applications and specific extrusion processes, delivering a high aesthetical value to the final ABS-NF molded parts. Market applications include automotive and furniture markets.

Composites One partners with IACMI for educational sessions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 4th, 2015

Composites One (Arlington Heights, IL), a leading distributor of composite materials, and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI; Knoxville, TN), one of eight organizations that make up the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, announced their new partnership during CAMX 2015 in Dallas.

Through the new partnership, Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and Magnum Venus Products (MVP), will instruct four schools in advanced processes and products at key IACMI locations starting in Spring 2016.

PESU resin toughens thermoset carbon fiber composite prepreg

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 2nd, 2015

A polyethersulfone (PESU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Dallas, TX) has been employed by Korea's Hankuk Carbon Co. to improve the toughness, heat resistance and processing consistency of a carbon fiber-reinforced thermoset composite prepreg. The prepreg is intended for use by a major U.S. automotive OEM for a commercial automotive fender and roof application.

Mitsui inaugurates elastomers plant in China

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 29th, 2015

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) officially launched its new manufacturing and sales company for elastomeric olefin and adhesive compounds in China, Mitsui Chemicals Functional Composites (Shanghai) (MFS), with an opening ceremony on October 27th. Capacity at the plant is 11,000 tonnes/year.

Continental Structural Plastics starts up joint venture China composites operation

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 19th, 2015

Composites technology leader Continental Structural Plastics (Auburn Hills, MI) is ready to begin production operations at its joint venture manufacturing facility in Tangshan City, Hebei Province, China. The 322,000-square-foot CSP Victall facility will manufacture lightweight composite components for the automotive, heavy truck and bus, construction and agriculture markets in China. The joint venture will also compound and sell advanced composite raw materials out of this facility.

PEEK replaces metal in aircraft door fitting

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 15th, 2015

Airbus Helicopters has replaced aluminum in a fitting in the aircraft door of the Airbus A350-900 with a high-modulus, carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK resin grade from Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK). The bracket, now manufactured from Victrex PEEK 90HMF40, has been developed by Airbus Helicopters and is in serial production for commercial use after receiving the relevant component qualification. The successful substitution of metal has resulted in a 40 percent reduction in weight and costs.

SO.F.TER. Group’s range of natural fiber reinforced compounds now offer proven quality

By Karen Laird
Published: October 14th, 2015

While SO.F.TER’s natural fiber reinforced compounds are not new—this is the third year that the company is showcasing these products—they are, say the company, entering a new phase. “Before, we were in the development phase,” said a spokesperson at the company’s booth at the Fakuma trade show, which is taking place this week in Friedrichshafen. “Now, we are entering the industrialization stage.”

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