Plastics & Additives

Injection molder introduces green caterware

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 1st, 2015

VistaTek LLC, a custom injection molding company headquartered in Stillwater, MN, introduced SelfEco, LLC, an independent company that manufacturers plastics made from plant-based materials. Designed for catering and food service, SelfEco produces affordable caterware, cutlery, and drinkware that is industrial biocompostable.

Aerospace metal-replacement application leads to fewer parts, lower weight and lower costs

By Karen Laird
Published: May 1st, 2015

While fuel housings for aerospace applications are traditionally designed in metal, Egmond Plastics (Alkmaar, Netherlands) has developed a proprietary technology enabling them to be produced from high-performance engineering plastic materials. This technology, called fusible-core technology, allows for undercuts in injection molding.

MHG’s bioplastic earns marine biodegradable certification from Vinçotte

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

In March of this year, the Belgian test, inspection and certification agency Vinçotte International introduced its newest certification scheme for marine biodegradability. Now, the biopolymer company MHG has become the first company to obtain OK biodegradable MARINE Certification from Vinçotte International, verifying this company's claim regarding the biodegradability of its PHA materials in the marine environment. This verification, said MGH, "distinguishes MHG's truly marine biodegradable product from unverified claims by competitors with similar products."

SGL Group adds new fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material to organic sheet range

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

SGL Group, a producer of carbon-based products with headquarters in Wiesbaden (Germany) has announced that it is adding organic sheets made from carbon and glass fibers to its portfolio.

Heat-resistant fluorosilicone extend design options for automotive applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 30th, 2015

Addressing material requirements for demanding automotive applications that require long-lasting, reliable performance at temperatures exceeding 220°C, Dow Corning has debuted a series of fluorosilicone rubber (FSRs).

Victrex adds new PAEK capacity; enhances processing presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2015

Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) has commissioned the first production stream of its third PAEK manufacturing plant as it focuses on offering even greater security of supply to customers, as well as delivering complete solutions. The capacity increase is part of an expansion program valued at $138 million. The new facility for the manufacture of PAEK went into operation in the north-west of the UK during April.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: Fraunhofer

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

Because of their strength combined with their light weight, fiber-reinforced plastics have numerous applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. They also have enormous potential in medical applications, according to the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT (Aachen, Germany).

The institute has developed a micro pullwinding process that enables the mass production of minimally invasive devices, and researchers currently are working on techniques to process thermoplastic fiber composites for the manufacture of customizable devices.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: Teknor Apex

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

At the Medical Design & Manufacturing event in Anaheim, CA, in February 2015, Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) introduced a rigid PVC that can replace polycarbonate (PC) in clear medical components. PC is prone to cracking, or crazing, which is caused by the migration of plasticizer when it comes in contact with flexible PVC parts. The rigid PVC developed by Teknor Apex reportedly eliminates the stress cracking that may occur at the interface of PC with flexible PVC components, while achieving strength and clarity properties similar to PC.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: Wyss Institute

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

Rampant antibiotic resistance and occurrences of hospital-acquired infections have focused medical manufacturers on methods of preventing biofilm formation on devices. These are essentially bacterial colonies that can cause infections and life-threatening conditions. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Boston) have developed polymers that prevent biofilm formation by making the surface unwelcoming to bacteria.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: PolySTAT

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

War is hell, as they say, but, in one respect, it also has a salutary impact on the human condition: Many medical breakthroughs came about with the battlefield in mind. A recent case in point is an injectable polymer developed by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle that can be used to stop bleeding from a wound on the battlefield until the patient can receive proper medical care. It could also be a lifesaver in rural areas and anywhere else where immediate medical treatment is not available.

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