Automotive

Technical article: Soft-touch for the price of two-component injection molding

By ENGEL
Published: September 19th, 2014

One of the key differentiating features of modern cars is the interior. In addition to the overall design, special attention is being paid to the quality of the surfaces. A variety of manufacturing processes have been created to give interior grained surfaces a soft feel. The Dolphin process, which is unrivalled in cost effectiveness, is set to join the ranks.

Full CFRT bodies get boost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

In 2011, Teijin (Osaka, Japan) built a four-seater concept car with a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) body structure. The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kg, merely a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world of mass production applications for carbon fiber composites..

Color/additive masterbatch system deployed in compressible exterior panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 16th, 2014

Additive technologies from PolyOne Corporation (Cleveland, OH) have enabled Citroën to launch the groundbreaking Airbump exterior protective panels on the new C4 Cactus passenger car.

Bayer expands TPU facility in India

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Bayer MaterialScience (NMS; Leverkusen) is planning to increase its production capacities in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu India to meet continued growth in demand for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)  elastomers. With the addition of a second TPU production line, the annual capacity of Cuddalore site will increase to 6,000 tonnes from the current 2,500 tonnes. Installation is scheduled by the 2nd quarter of 2015.

ExOne completes new European headquarters in Germany; opens production service center in Italy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2014

The ExOne Company, a global provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced that the company has begun transitioning into its newly completed European headquarters facility in Gershofen, Germany, located in the district of Augsburg.

Structural PET foam cores to be introduced at Orlando show

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Structural polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam cores used in sandwich constructions in the transportation and building and construction fields will be exhibited at CAMX 2014, the Composite and Advanced Materials Expo, to be held October 14-16 in Orlando, Fl, by Armacell Benelux (Thimister-Clermont, Belgium). Representatives of the supplier will also deliver two presentations on the company's ArmaFORM PET foam core products at the co-located conference running October 13-16.

Delivering quality materials for the road ahead

By Pierre Juan
Published: September 11th, 2014

In the world of automobile design and innovation, material suppliers are often overlooked. The honors and admiration for brilliantly designed and manufactured vehicles are rightly bestowed upon the automobile designers and brands. However, material suppliers play a vital role in helping to bring to fruition the ideas and design innovations automobile companies create. After all, the best designs are futile efforts if there is not a material available that can enable their creation.

Engel to debut processing expertise at Composites Europe 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2014

Injection machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) is presenting its expertise in lightweight composite technologies at the Composites Europe trade fair, which takes place from 7th to 9th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. At Engel's center for lightweight composite technologies, the company co-operates with partner enterprises on developing economical processes for serial production of innovative carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components.

Clariant homes in on Chinese automakers with additives approach to lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 7th, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is introducing China's local automotive and transportation industry players to solutions which enhance lightweight plastics for under-the-hood, interior and exterior parts, in support of their increasing interest in using plastics and polymer-based components to achieve greater fuel efficiency.

Igus sends car on global road trip to prove plastic's mettle

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 6th, 2014

Igus, a global supplier of engineered plastic components headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is going to great lengths—some 100,000 kilometers, in fact—to prove that its dry-running bearings made of advanced composite materials are as good as, or even better than, factory-specified metal and lubricated plastic bearings in automotive applications.

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