Published: February 17th, 2014
Toyota Australia's decision to cease manufacturing in 2017 will likely mean the complete demise of the Australian automotive industry if radical new thinking is not undertaken by all industry stakeholders. So says a statement from the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers(Melbourne, Australia). And at least one party claims generous subsidies may have contributed to the industry's downfall by "dulling incentives to improve productivity, seek export opportunities, and diversify into other industries."
Published: February 3rd, 2014
Teknor Apex recently completed the acquisition of Viking Polymers, a custom compounder with a portfolio of specialty formulations with a focus on rigid PVC and related materials for building and construction. The amount of the deal was undisclosed.
Published: January 28th, 2014
Chem-Trend says its new purging compounds is saving plastic bottle caps and closures manufacturers time and money. The new Lusin Clean 1060 was specifically developed to eliminate the scrap resulting from material and color changes by cleaning screws, cylinders, nozzles and hotrunner systems in injection and compression molding machines. Lusin Clean 1061 prevents black spot formation by cleaning injection and compression molding machines used for caps and closures production.
Published: January 26th, 2014
Celanese Corporation (Sulzbach, Germany) will present innovative composite developments for light and tough automotive components during the international CAR-Symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Bochum, Germany.
As a partner company of the CAR-Symposium, Celanese is presenting "UD-reinforced thermoplastic Composites - The Key for tailor-made Products" at 1:15 PM during the Infoshop Block II "Material trends and lightweight construction" segment.
Published: January 22nd, 2014
Polypropylene (PP) thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers have been flame-retarded using "commercially viable" Exolit AP non-halogenated flame retardants supplied by Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). The compounds were developed by Eurostar Engineering Plastics (Fosses, France).
Published: January 16th, 2014
The big green story at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which opens to the public Saturday, is the effort to lightweight vehicles, with the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup truck the real big development.
But there are other stories as well.
Published: January 13th, 2014
A new plastic developed by a Massachusetts company is exiting the developmental stage this year and going prime time as a full-scale production plant comes on line in Antwerp, Belgium.
Nofia polyphosphonate, offered by FRX Polymers, targets halogen-free flame retardant polymers in a wide variety of electronics, building & construction, fiber, and transportation applications. It's described as the first polymer made from phosphorus.
Published: January 10th, 2014
Leveraging its existing partnership with SO.F.TER. in the Benelux region, the Rotterdam-based distributor IMCD has signed an exclusive distribution agreement, effective immediately, for the complete package of SO.F.TER. products in South Africa. This comprises the portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers, with elastomeric materials such as Forprene vulcanizates (TPV) and the styrene-based TPEs; as well as a wide range of engineering plastics based on polypropylene, polyamide, ABS and other engineering polymers.
Published: January 7th, 2014
Plastic composites player China XD Plastics (Harbin, China) has broken ground on a 300,000 tonnes/year production and R&D project in Southwest China. When completed approximately two years from now, the plant will boost overall capacity at the composites giant to 690,000 tonnes/year.
Published: January 2nd, 2014