Automotive

Innovative automation tool delivers adhesive-free seat assembly

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Punching and edgefolding are cleverly combined into a single finishing step for a back-injected seat-back cover in a process developed by Frimo, located in Sontra, Germany, for plastics processor Karl Hess GmbH und Co. KG (Hess; Burbach-Wahlbach, Germany).

3D-printed plastic tools and jigs make manufacturing easier at Opel assembly plants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 20th, 2014

Assembly tools to facilitate efficient assembly are now being 3D-printed by automaker Opel. A six-strong team led by Virtual Simulation Engineer Sascha Holl prints plastic assembly tools in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which are used in Opel manufacturing plants across Europe.

Plasma treatment versus solvent treatment: surface adhesion improvement for polypropylene car bumpers prior to painting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2014

Flame treatment improves the surface adhesion qualities of plastics prior to the application of paints, inks or adhesives. Once a surface is flame treated, coating ability is greatly improved leading to increased durability of the finished surface.

Sharkskin surface sandwich components offer aerodynamic advantages

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2014

A modified BMW Z4 with an engine hood and roof module constructed from sandwich components with a sharkskin surface won a JEC Innovation Award at the Atlanta-based JEC Americas show this past May.

PPS compounding: dedicated facility slated for China

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 16th, 2014

Japanese resin supplier DIC Corp. (Tokyo) plans to complete a compounding facility specifically for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin in the Chinese city of Zhangjiagang in 2015.

3D printer combines scanning capability

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 14th, 2014

It's not unusual for a 2D printer to combine the functions of a scanner. This option will soon be available in the 3D realm through development of the Blacksmith Genesis from Singapore-based start-up Blacksmith Group

There are enough moldmakers – OEMs need to learn to recognize them!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.

Lanxess beefs up compounding presence in US

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 13th, 2014

Engineering plastics supplier Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about $15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.

RTP producing very long fiber compounds in Mexico: enhanced solutions for automotive and consumer goods sectors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

RTP Company (Winona, MN) has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico and is now producing very long fiber (VLF) compounds.  This newest VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the company's customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries. 

Automotive market drives global phenolic resin demand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Demand from the automotive sector is one of the primary drivers of the phenolic resins market according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (Albany, NY). "[Phenolic] molding compounds are in demand from the automotive sector as they amplify vehicle efficiency, and promote fire-safety," says the consulting firm.

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