Automotive

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.

Sugar a potential raw material for carbon fiber

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 26th, 2014

 More details have emerged regarding the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding for development of carbon fibers based on bio resources.

North American auto supply chain performance: challenges and opportunities for OEMs and suppliers

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 25th, 2014

According to a recent analyst note by PwC Autofacts, global auto production growth forecast at 4.1% (CAGR) for the next seven years means parts suppliers may begin to face growing gaps between installed capacity and demand.

Industrial automation equipment/robotics seeing strong growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 25th, 2014

It looks like 2014 is going to be a banner year for the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market, after two sluggish years. Two reports reveal that 2014 is off to a healthy start as the global market for industrial automation equipment is gaining strength. IHS Technology reports that two factors account for this: strengthening economies and technological innovations, both of which are expected to boost demand.

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.

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