Automotive

Fighting fake resin; the cost of conforming

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 2nd, 2014

The recent discovery of use of counterfeit polyamide resin in a key component molded in China for Aston Martin sports cars may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to such practices but it's not the case that all processors in China can't be trusted. There are honest molders out there going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their operations are completely above-board.

Plenary speakers at SPE Antec 2014 to cover nanocomposites, sustainability and 21st century plastics age

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plenary speeches at at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Antec 2014 will address new technical and business developments that could benefit plastics, according to SPE.

Antec 2014 will take place April 28-30, 2014 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. Plenary sessions will take place on each day of the conference:

Toughened PA 66 boasts low-temp impact strength and superior surface finish

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is supplying a special polyamide (PA) 66 compound for a molded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, Milwaukee, WI).

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

PolyOne launches high-performance solutions for auto interiors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

PolyOne (Cleveland, OH) has introduced new compounds for the auto sector: Geon VBX 3577 vinyl powder for automotive interior surfaces; and Geon VBX 3600 series for instrument panels with seamless airbags. Both formulations can reportedly deliver cycle time reduction benefits, allowing processors to improve profitability while meeting tough low-temperature OEM performance requirements for slush-molded automotive interior parts.

Invista starts work on China polyamide project

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Invista (Wichita, KS) has started construction of a 150,000-tonnes/year polyamide (PA) 66 plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. The company is also constructing a  hexamethylene diamine (HMD) monomer plant there. The polymer and monomer plants are expected to start up in 2015.

BMW adds Engel machines in Germany

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2014

Engel Austria (Schwertberg, Austria) has scored another contract to supply system solutions to BMW's Leipzig factory, where ENGEL duo injection moulding machines are already used to manufacture car body shell components for the BMW i3 electric vehicle. Production of the vehicle commenced in 2013.

Price fixing among vehicle parts suppliers is an ongoing concern

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 25th, 2014

In 2011, the first charges were filed against vehicle parts suppliers in a price-fixing scheme affecting $5 billion in parts sold to U.S. vehicle makers. In September 2013, nine Japan-based firms and two executives agreed to plead guilty and pay fines. In all, some 23 U.S. companies and 26 executives were caught up in the price-fixing scheme and have agreed to pay more than $1.8 billion in criminal fines.

Arevo Labs creates strong polymer parts using the 3D printing process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2014

Arevo Labs, a Silicon Valley startup, announced the availability of technology and materials to create ultra strong high performance polymer parts using a 3D printing process. Supported materials include high performance polymers such as KetaSpire PEEK, AvaSpire PAEK, Radel PPSU and PrimoSpire SRP.

Phosphate flame retardants keep pace with needs of transport sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) says it is making fire safety and sustainability a realistic and achievable goal for transportation applications with its cost-efficient, non-halogenated flame retardant solutions. Exolit AP ammonium polyphosphate-based and Exolit OP phosphinate-based flame retardants for thermoset systems reportedly address the key challenges of modern vehicle manufacture, with its increasing trend toward lightweight structual parts.

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