Injection Molding

Chrysler: The 'decision driver' for material selection is volume

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 23rd, 2014

At the recent Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive held in Novi, MI, in conjunction with amerimold, Mike Shinedling, advanced engineering manager for Street Racing Technology (SRT) and program manager for Chrysler's Viper, noted that vehicle was "born to be a rival of the Shelby Cobra." The Viper has a carbon fiber and aluminum body, and also has applications for composites and thermoplastics.

Cereplast assets acquired by Trellis Earth Products

By Karen Laird
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Trellis Earth Products, a leading maker of bioplastic bags and food service disposables headquartered in Portland, OR, will pay $2.6 million for substantially all of Cereplast's assets including production equipment, patents, inventory, and trademarks, plus pay certain contract cure costs, as part of Cereplast's Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings. Cereplast's petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy was approved at the end of March by an Indiana bankruptcy court. Now, United States Bankruptcy Judge Basil H.

BASF doubles China engineering plastics compounding capacity; largest site in Asia Pacific

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has undertaken three capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China for polyamide (PA), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPUs). The company has also undertaken an expansion of its microcellular polyurethane components capacity.

Plastics industry takes leadership role in building Florida’s manufacturing industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 20th, 2014

The plastics industry is leading the way in building a strong manufacturing economy in Florida with Maruka USA and 5 Nines Automation taking the leadership role. The companies recently hosted a panel discussion between legislators and local business leaders that focused on what steps should be taken to stimulate manufacturing growth in the state and educate the next generation of workers needed to support this industry.

Westminster Tool wins leadership award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 19th, 2014

Westminster Tool Inc., a precision manufacturer of injection molds based in Plainfield, CT, was presented with the 2014 Leadtime Leader Award at the recent Amerimold 2014 conference and trade show in Novi, MI. This award recognizes one company annually, that "raises the bar in efficiency, quality, innovation, and commitment" in its business model.

HTI Plastics installs molding press to produce natural gas fuel cells

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

HTI Plastics has installed the largest plastics injection molding press in its history, featuring the capability of manufacturing large, thin-walled parts. The Krauss Maffei high-speed precision molding press will be used initially to manufacture natural gas fuel cells.

StackTeck expands capacity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 17th, 2014

With manufacturing picking up in North America, many mold manufacturers are seeing a busy 2014, and the need to maintain short lead times. StackTeck, a mold manufacturer with operations in Ontario, Canada and a sales office in Mexico, announced that the company has made investments in new equipment to increase capacity and improve lead times.

KraussMaffei delivers high-end multicomponent machine to French market

By Karen Laird
Published: June 17th, 2014

KraussMaffei received a milestone order in the French market when the France-based Texen Group (Groupe Texen), one of the largest global manufacturers of plastic packaging for cosmetic and perfume products, decided to switch to a KraussMaffei machine. "Texen was looking for a partner who could deliver an injection molding machine with outstanding application flexibility," explained Jacques Socquet, president of the subsidiary of the KraussMaffei Group in France. KraussMaffei was happy to comply.

World's first thermoplastic composite wheel: polyetherimide/carbon fiber combination

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Lubrizol introduces flame-retardant medical-grade TPUs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

The LifeScience Polymers business of materials company Lubrizol Corp. (Wickliffe, OH) has introduced what it is calling the first medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with flame-retardant properties. The company introduced the product to the North American market at the recently concluded Medical Design & Manufacturing Exhibition and Conference in New York City.

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