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.

DuPont-sponsored survey: plastics-related solutions rank highly as lightweighting strategy

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 7th, 2014

Lightweighting and use of lightweight structural materials will be the key enabler in realizing 2017-2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards according to 49 percent of the respondents in an annual survey sponsored by DuPont Automotive (Troy, MI). 

All-Rite Industries triples size within five years

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

Providing diverse manufacturing capabilities -- with services from mold design through finished sub-assemblies -- has enabled All-Rite Industries to triple its size in under five years.

Polyurethane-base adhesives, foams contribute to vehicle lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2014

Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI) has partnered with the Deep Orange 4 team at Clemson University's (Clemson, SC) International Center for Automotive Research to support future automotive designers/engineers and highlight the broad Dow Automotive Systems portfolio of lightweighting products. The resulting concept vehicle was unveiled this week at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, MI.

Chem-Trend invests $24 million in its China facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2014

Chem-Trend, a provider in the development and production of mold release agents and casting lubricants, together with Klüber Lubrication, part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialties business group, is investing in an expansion project at its Qingpu facility in China.

Automation Alley partners with Tata Technologies to offer affordable product lifecycle management classes

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, is partnering with Tata Technologies to offer a broad scope of affordable product lifecycle management (PLM) classes that cover both fundamental and advanced topics. Classes include training in AutoCAD, CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, and NX, and will be offered both at the Automation Alley Product Lifecycle Management Center at SmartZone Business Accelerator OU Inc. in Rochester, MI, and Tata Technologies in Novi, MI.

Additive improves thermoforming, foaming properties of PP

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 3rd, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) has kicked off marketing efforts for a new modifier for polypropylene-based resins. The additive, dosed in small amounts, reportedly enhances the processing and foaming properties of polypropylene (PP) resins.

Itself based on PP resin, the modifier reportedly boasts excellent compatibility with PP base resins, while it does not adversely affect the external appearance of molded parts. Further, it is said to be heat resistant, low in density and low in cost.

Mitsubishi Rayon beefs up position in auto CFRP field

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 31st, 2014

Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC; Tokyo)  will acquire a 51% in Wethje Holding GmbH (Hengersberg, Germany ), a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications.

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