Automotive

Chinaplas: Nissei plans expansion of China production capacity

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Increased demand for its made-in-China all-electric injection molding presses has prompted Japanese machine builder Nissei Plastic Industrial (Nagano) to initiate a relocation of its Taicang plant to larger premises. Speaking to PlasticsToday at the Chinaplas show currently being held in Shanghai, company president Hozumi Yoda said the move to a larger factory would be completed by December 2014 and boost production capacity to 90 per month (1080 annually).

Chinaplas: KraussMaffei Group expands production facility in Haiyan

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — KraussMaffei Group brought a little bit of Germany to China with an Alps festival featuring music and German food and beverages as it officially inaugurated the second production hall at its manufacturing plant in Haiyan, China.

Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

Chinaplas: Engel anticipates China to eventually become its biggest market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 21st, 2014

Shanghai, China — Fresh off the heels of Engel's recent announcement that it has founded a 100%-owned subsidiary in China, the company brought out its top management to talk more about this news at Chinaplas Media Day.  

"We wanted to show you how important this news was and we have brought our top management to show you this new company, Wintec," said Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel.

Chinaplas: Chinese, global automakers opt for lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2014

The quest for enhanced fuel efficiency and safety in automobiles is creating a multitude of opportunities for plastics. Promising applications in the power train segment alone, for example include front covers, oil pans, integrated AIM-EGR (air intake manifold-exhaust gas recirculation) systems, turbochargers, exhaust and muffler systems, and exhaust gas cooling systems.

BMW i3: unpainted door sill panel molded from PC/ABS compound

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) compounds from Styron Automotive have reportedly have been instrumental in the development of mid console, glove box, and trunk trim components for the BMW i3 series. The material has also been used in Mercedes Benz C class pillars and door panels.

Prism Plastics plans for future based on successful past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

There are many reasons for the success of any custom plastics processing business including the machine technology used, the people in place who optimize that technology, the management, markets and customers within those markets. Prism Plastics, a custom injection molder headquartered in Chesterfield, MI, has long been an automotive supplier and in spite of the struggles of that market over the past few years the company has remained successful.

Lanxess' latest offshore investment: compounding unit in Brazil

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 15th, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) has inaugurated its new compounding facility in Porto Feliz, Brazil. A EUR20 million ($27.6 million) investment has been made in the plant, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes and employ up to 50 personnel.

NPE 2015 wants to see your high-end recycled products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

Plastics manufacturers that turn recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE 2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, FL. SPI will accept product nominations until Aug. 1, 2014.

Flame-retardant PET film costs one-tenth that of polyimide equivalent; LED lighting targeted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited (Tokyo) has developed a PET film offering flame retardance equivalent to UL VTM-0 that reportedly costs up to 90% less than polyimide (PI) film.

Teijin  Tetoron UF film employs Teijin's proprietary non-halogenated flame-retardant and also reportedly delivers the inherent heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of conventional PET film.

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