Plastics & Additives

The coolest things at NPE2015: Sabic

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 29th, 2015

At its press conference, Sabic emphasized how it is meeting industry's toughest challenges through bold investments aligned with its material science and chemistry expertise. There were plenty of examples on display at its expansive booth in the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, but this water pump caught my attention because of the very human challenge it solved.

The coolest things at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 29th, 2015

NPE2015 may not be the greatest show on Earth—the Germans might take issue with that—but it came damn close! In terms of sheer size, this year's five-day event, which ended on Friday, is the second largest trade show in the United States, after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Sustainable Repreve material used in Ford's 2015 F-150

By Karen Laird
Published: March 29th, 2015

Since re-introducing the use of eco-friendly, sustainable materials in its car models some years ago, Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) has explored a host of innovative alternatives to the use of petroleum-based plastics. Re-introduced? Well, in the 1930s, Henry Ford was already using soybeans, hemp, wood pulp and jute to make car components. However, with the advent of a host of inexpensive plastics, the use of natural products was largely abandoned.

Lightweight, solar-powered scooter a boost to sustainable urban mobility

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 26th, 2015

BASF and German company Floatility (Hamburg) have partnered for the development of an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered electric scooter. Weighing less than 12 kg and consisting of more than 80% composite and plastic materials from BASF, the scooter will apparently give commuters the sensation of floating and has been aptly named e-floater.

Clariant's Licocene waxes nominated for German 2015 innovation prize

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2015

Clariant, the Swiss specialty chemicals corporation headquartered in Muttenz, made it to the finals of the prestigious German business innovation award, Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2015, in the large company category. The company was nominated for its Licocene polyolefin-based waxes, which were touted as "advancing sustainability in textiles, plastics and coatings manufacturing and improving the environmental profile of a wide range of applications."

The cars of NPE2015: Dow

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 26th, 2015

Accelerating innovation is a theme at the Dow Gallery Walk near the South Hall entrance of NPE2015, and what better way to illustrate it than with the Dow-sponsored Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet. You can hop into the driver’s seat via a racing simulator. 

Dow

The cars of NPE2015: Sabic

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 26th, 2015

The world's first 3D-printed car, which stole the show at last year's International Manufacturing Technology Show, where it was 3D printed in 44 hours and driven off the show floor, is on display at the Sabic stand (S-19001). The car is the brainchild of Local Motors, based in Chandler, AZ, and it's at the Sabic stand because one of the company's carbon-filled compounds was used in its fabrication.

Coperion to open new China plant

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 25th, 2015

Compounding equipment maker Coperion's Chinese affiliate will move to a new facility in Nanjing in September 2015. Coperion (Nanjing) Machinery Ltd. Co.'s current production site will in the future be dedicated to R&D and technology use only as per the Nanjing Jiangning Government's development plan. The new Coperion plant will be located nearby. Construction work started in May 2014 and will be finished in June 2015.

Low-volatile-content silicone eliminates need for post curing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 25th, 2015

Many silicone molders post-cure molded products for up to four hours at 400°F to meet regulatory and consumer requirements for low volatile content, adding time and energy and, thus, cost to the manufacturing process. Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. has developed a product line formulated and manufactured to reduce the level of low molecular weight siloxane (DN) volatile content, allowing molders to eliminate the post-curing process. Its subsidiary, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (Akron, OH), is presenting the new Low DN LIMS line at NPE2015 (W-7877).

IVD company replaces PC with PPSU from Solvay to mold device components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2015

ELITechGroup Biomedical Systems, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of in vitro diagnostic equipment and reagents, chose a transparent Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) to injection mold two redesigned carousels for its Aerospray slide stainer systems used for hematology and microbiology applications.

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