Automotive

PolyOne launches reSound NF reinforced materials for sustainable lightweighting

By Karen Laird
Published: March 19th, 2015

At this year's VDI "Plastics in Automotive Engineering" conference on March 18 and 19 in Mannheim, Germany, PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) announced the development of its new natural fiber-filled reSound NF reinforced materials. Developed for advanced applications in transportation, these materials contain a minimum of 30% biobased content, and are in current evaluations at several key automotive OEMs.

NPE 2015: Inductive tool heating produces high gloss, defect free surface finish in quick time

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 19th, 2015

Inductive injection tool heating technology expert Roctool is featuring its technology for rapid molding of composites and other plastic components at multiple booths during NPE, including the company's own (S15033) and those of injection machine builders KraussMaffei (W903) and Engel (W1303). The parts produced at these booths feature high gloss and no indications of weld lines or sink marks. 

Koplas: Wintec injection machines debut in Korea; challenge local, Chinese OEMs

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 18th, 2015

Engel's China-based commodity injection machine offshoot Wintec officially debuted its machines in the Korean market at Koplas, promising to go head-to-head with local suppliers. Wintec president Peter Auinger says 15 machines are already in the field in Korea with another five on the way, and primarily operating in the auto and white goods fields.

AGC FluoroCompounds Group opens pilot plant to help manufacturers speed product development

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2015

AGC Chemicals Americas FluoroCompounds Group has opened a pilot plant in Thorndale, PA, to make it fast and easy for customers to receive small batches and samples of PTFE compounds. The pilot plant is located within the manufacturing facility of AGC's full-scale production plant.

Koplas: Korean injection machine builder Dongshin reinvents itself

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 15th, 2015

Regular visitors to the Koplas show in Korea would easily have thought they'd come across a new supplier of injection molding machinery if they walked up to the booth of Dongshin Hydraulics. Replete with a new logo and a black and white machine livery, the company's new equipment offerings drew accolades from visitors and fellow exhibitors alike.

Koplas: LS Mtron highlights composite technologies, introduces injection blow molding machine

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 12th, 2015

Sandwiched in local and global markets between up-and-coming Chinese injection machine builders with consistently improving quality standards and Japanese all-electric injection machine suppliers who dominate their market segment, Korean OEMs were out in force at the Koplas show near Seoul to prove that they too are making progress, particularly in terms of special machines and advanced applications.

ARaymond winner of Arburg Efficiency Award 2015

By Karen Laird
Published: March 12th, 2015

Every year, on the eve of its annual Technology Days, Arburg (Lossburg, Germany) recognizes one of its customers with an award for outstanding performance in the area of production and energy efficiency. This year, the Arburg Efficiency Award was presented to ARaymond, the France-based global market leader in clip fastenings for the automotive industry. The presentation ceremony took place during a celebration dinner at the Arburg headquarters high in the hills of Germany's Black Forest on March 10.

Advanced Decorative Systems explores third dimension for brand differentiation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2015

At the recent IMDCON (In-Mold Decorating Conference), attendees heard much about advances in this technology. It was mentioned that perhaps the terminology for IMD should be changed to in-mold durables, given that much of what is called decorating has moved into what Marshall Paterson, Vice President, New Technology/Global Development Manager, Advanced Decorative Systems (ADS; Millington, MI ), calls the "third dimension."

The long and short of carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites: PlastiComp and Xenia form strategic partnership

By Karen Laird
Published: March 10th, 2015

Long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies leader PlastiComp (Winona, MN) and Italian short-carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics specialist Xenia (Mussolente) announced at JEC Europe 2015 that they have entered into a strategic partnership. As part of the partnership, Xenia will develop innovative solutions based on PlastiComp's Complēt LFT-reinforced thermoplastic composites and Xenia's XECARB short-carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites for the European market.

Koplas 2015: Haitian targets Korea as next market to conquer; Korean OEMs turn to special applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 10th, 2015

Haitian's Korean affiliate is on a growth drive in South Korea, competing head-to-head with local players including LS Mtron and Woojin PLAIMM. Last year, the injection molding machine builder sold 470 machines in South Korea through Haitian Korea Co., Ltd. (Bucheon) and Representative Director Lainus Lee says it is targeting shipments of 800 machines in 2015.

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