Published: November 13th, 2015
Swedish size reduction equipment specialist Rapid Granulator, has added a major extension to its testing facilities at its headquarters in Bredaryd, a small town in the southern part of Sweden. The company has constructed an additional 500 square meters of space, almost doubling its existing test area, which takes the total available space to over 1,100 square meters. The extra area as been made suitable for granulators of all sizes. Moreover, most of the test area now also has a ceiling height of nine meters.
Published: November 8th, 2015
Every year, the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA; Skokie, IL) organizes a parts competition to showcase the most innovative, creative and technologically advanced in-mold labels for durable goods as well as single-use disposables. IMDA is an organization of molders, printers, materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers in the in-mold decorating industry. This year is the ninth time that the awards ceremony has been held at IMDA’s annual symposium, and in which Verstraete IML (Maldegem, Belgium) has won awards in the various categories.
Published: November 3rd, 2015
Cascades Inc. (Kingsey Falls, QC, Canada), a leader in the recovery and manufacture of green packaging and tissue products, is investing $4.5 million in its Plastiques Cascades plant in Kingsey Falls and its Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville. Both of these plants specialize in the manufacture of packaging for fresh food made from recycled plastic.
Published: November 2nd, 2015
Attracting the next generation of plastics industry employees and trade association members is high on the to-do list of industry trade groups. On October 22, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE; Bethel, CT) announced a strategy to draw more young people into the industry and into SPE itself.
Published: November 2nd, 2015
Vancouver-based Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and r-pac International (New York, New York), a leading global supplier of retail packaging, have collaborated with a major US-based consumer electronics retailer to produce smartphone case packaging in support of the most recent phone release from a market share leader. The name of the retailer was not revealed.
Published: October 22nd, 2015
Introducing a new name to the market can be a challenge, but it’s one that Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) has taken on with gusto. Covestro, the company formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience, went to enormous lengths at the Fakuma trade show last week to ensure that everybody knew their name. Curious, courageous and colorful: this was how CEO Patrick Thomas characterized the emotional values of the new company during a press conference at the show.
Published: October 20th, 2015
Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN), a U.S.-based manufacturer of CNC routers and customer of American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI), a provider of engineered solutions for plastics, rubber and silicone extrusion, announced that its developmental system for Large Scale 3D Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) performed well during initial testing through its entire operating range. The testing follows a July announcement of its LSAM program.
Published: October 15th, 2015
At the Fakuma trade show held this week in Friedrichshafen, Germany, size reduction equipment specialist Rapid (Bredaryd, Sweden) officially launched its LBB 300 series, a granulator with a very low height for handling sheet and film scrap. A prototype of the LBB 300 series was first displayed at K 2013 in Düsseldorf two years ago, but its official commercial debut was not until this week in Friedrichshafen. It is available worldwide.
Published: October 13th, 2015
The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) reported that August U.S. manufacturing technology for machine tool orders totaled $285.92 million, a drop of 10.2% from July’s $318.48 million and down 21.2% when compared with the total of $362.65 million reported for August 2014. With a year-to-date total of $2.771.2 billion, 2015 was down 10% when compared with the same period in 2014.
Published: October 9th, 2015
For the automotive and aerospace industries, saving weight is a top priority to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency for environmental protection. Now, thanks to hybrid mixed materials such as plastic-metal assemblies, these industries can rise to the challenge. But how safe are these products? Are the materials efficient enough to guarantee people's safety?