Automotive

DSM to debut new polyamide at Fakuma

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2014

DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore) will introduce new high performance polyamides at the Fakuma plastics processing exhibition being held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 14 to 18. The company will also be demonstrating how its materials have been used in some of the latest application innovations to be introduced to the market. DSM is on stand 4408 in Hall B4.

Latest 3D simulation software version debuts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 31st, 2014

3D CAE simulation solutions provider CoreTech System (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has released its latest iteration of software: Moldex3D R13.0.

Mold-Tech expands capabilities with new equipment; awards scholarship

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2014

Mold-Tech Inc. (Albertville, MN) has strengthened its capabilities with the addition of several pieces of new equipment. The custom designer and builder of close-tolerance prototype and precision production molds added a new Makino U3 wire EDM. The machine will complement the existing machines in its wire EDM department and bring the latest technology to the shop floor. The new EDM will also allow the company to increase production and be more responsive to customer needs in meeting lead times.

Hot runner specialist appoints automotive vice president

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2014

Hot runner system supplier HRSflow (San Polo di Piave, Italy), a division of specialist lighting and glazing toolmaker INglass S.p.A. Group, has appointed Stephan Berz as vice president responsible for worldwide sales activities in the automotive sector. In particular, Berz will coordinate cooperation with major Tier 1 parts makers and OEMs.

Kia Motors announces $1 billion investment in Mexico plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 28th, 2014

Mexico just won another large factory deal: Kia Motors Corp. announced at a signing ceremony on Aug. 27 that an investment agreement had been reached with the Mexico government to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Monterrey, a city located in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. The new plant represents an investment of approximately $1 billion. This will be Kia's first manufacturing plant in Mexico, where it will join most of the other major global automakers in Mexico's booming automotive manufacturing industry.

GM moves next-gen SUV Cadillac SRX Crossover from Mexico to Spring Hill, TN

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 27th, 2014

General Motors announced on Wednesday that it will invest $185 million in its Spring Hill, TN, manufacturing complex to begin production of some the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUVs currently being manufactured in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The company will also make small gasoline engines at the Tennessee location, retaining 390 jobs.

GM is also planning an additional $48.4 million investment at its Bedford, IN, powertrain castings plant, creating or retaining 45 jobs, the announcement noted.

Lignin may emerge as versatile feedstock for carbon fiber, engineering plastics

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 27th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding two projects to develop alternative routes to carbon fiber as detailed in reports here and here.

RTM machines offer research institute utmost flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

The Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) in Dresden, Germany recently commissioned two high-pressure resin transfer molding (HD-RTM) dosing units from Frimo (Lotte, Germany) that feature enhanced flexibility to carry out a variety of processing tasks. Respectively, the two new units allow epoxides and polyurethane resins to be processed in combination with endless-filament reinforcement into high-performance fiber composite components.

New orders for durable goods hit record high

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

It seems that "summer slump" is just an illusion as the U.S. Census Bureau reports that new orders for manufactured durable goods in July increased $55.3 billion or 22.6% to $300.1 billion. This increase, up five of the last six months, was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992, and followed a 2.7% June increase. However, take transportation out of the mix, and new orders decreased 0.8%.

Transportation equipment, up 10 of the last 11 months, drove the increase, up $56.6 billion or 74.2% to $133.0 billion.

Bayer MaterialScience dreams of expanding range of CO2-based plastics

By Karen Laird
Published: August 26th, 2014

When in 2009 Bayer MaterialScience started exploring ways to make it possible to use CO2 as a raw material to make plastics, it named the project "Dream Reactions." The researchers working on the project knew that CO2 could be used to replace, at least in part, the use of oil - the trick was finding the catalyst that would make this 'dream' reaction come true.

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