Automotive

Quick-change graphic films spice up vehicle decoration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2015

Avery Dennison (Oegstgeest, The Netherlands) is adding to its Digital Cast Films range with a new MPI 1104 Cast Films Series. These high performance materials are designed to meet growing demand for quick-change graphics and messaging for vehicle and architectural solutions.

Kiefel breaks ground for a new logistics center

By Karen Laird
Published: August 31st, 2015

In a sign of the improving economic times, Germany-based Kiefel GmbH, a Brückner Group company that manufactures machinery and systems for the plastics industry, is adding a new logistics center at the site of its headquarters in Freilassing. The company said that the expansion was needed to accommodate the “strong growth in international markets.”

SRG Global celebrates expansion of Mexico plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2015

SRG Global (Warren, MI), a Guardian company, held an opening ceremony on August 24 to celebrate the expansion of its Irapuato, Mexico, facility that will support the company's continuing production of high-value coatings for plastics. Company officials were joined by members of the state, local government officials as well as customers and other community partners to commemorate the occasion.

Local Motors and Arizona State University partner on high-tech materials for 3D-printed car

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 28th, 2015

Local Motors (Phoenix, AZ) and Arizona State University have formed a partnership to advance materials research into 3D-printed automotive parts, which will be used on the world's first 3D-printed car, scheduled to be on the road in early 2016. Local Motors will join the ASU Polytechnic eProjects program, which connects students and faculty in ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with cutting-edge technology companies. Students will be introduced to the program at the 2015 Polytechnic School eProject Forum on Aug. 31.

Arburg delivers first Freeformer to Asian customer

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 27th, 2015

The first Freeformer to be delivered to an Asian processor is currently operational at Singapore's Tempco Manufacturing. The company is already a major user of Arburg molding machinery, including thermoplastic and thermoset injection molding machines, micro-injection molding machines, and bulk molding compound (BMC) compression molding machines. Tempco is using its Freeformer to form sample parts.

Hybrid long glass+carbon fiber thermoplastic composites are affordable

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2015

PlastiComp, Inc. (Winona, MN) has extended its line of Complēt Hybrid long glass+carbon fiber composites to include two additional thermoplastic polymer matrices.  The company's hybrid products, which combine long glass fiber and long carbon fiber together in a single, affordable ready-to-mold composite pellet, are now available in polypropylene (PP) and engineered thermoplastic polyurethane (ETPU). Last year they were initially introduced in nylon 6/6 (PA 6/6).

Three new recycled polymer grades from Axion Polymers

By Karen Laird
Published: August 25th, 2015

As the market for both recycled and engineering plastics continues to expand, UK-based Axion Polymers, one of the most advanced plastics recycling facilities in Europe, offers the best of both worlds. The company has announced the launch of three new Axpoly polymer grades recycled from end-of-life automotive and WEEE resources. Development and the introduction of the new ABS, PE and PP grades came on the heels of the company’s further investment in its refinery plant to increase extrusion capacity and improve melt filtration technology.

Amid record profit run, Toyota asks its suppliers to cut prices

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 23rd, 2015

With oil prices tanking and resin and other commodity prices declining dramatically in sync, Toyota Motor thinks it an opportune time to ask its suppliers to pull their belts in according to a report in Japanese business daily Nikkei. And this at a time when the automaker is forecasting a record operating profit for the year ending March 2016. The company made $5.2 billion in net profit in the April to June quarter alone.

German institutes to develop infrastructure for CFRP vehicle repair

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 20th, 2015

The increasing use of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) in automotive construction is presenting the automotive industry and vehicle workshops the challenge of providing economical repair methods. At RWTH Aachen University and in close cooperation with seven research institutes and around fifty industrial companies, new technologies are being developed for identifying and assessing damage. The project also covers the customized production of repair materials - so-called patches - and the actual carrying out of the repair, including quality assurance.

Energy-efficient auxiliary dryer to debut at Fakuma 2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2015

A large energy-efficient auxiliary dryer will debut at the upcoming Fakuma 2015 show from Protec. The SOMOS  T140 eco dryer reportedly enables higher material throughput to the SOMOS T/TF eco series of mobile dry air dryers.

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