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.

Westlake Chemical completes acquisition of PVC producer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

Westlake Chemical has closed its acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.

DOE announces funding for biomass-based carbon fiber development

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 30th, 2014

The US Energy Department (DOE; Washington, DC) has announced up to $11.3 million in funding for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

Hyundai Mobis to build lighting plant in Czech Republic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Korean Tier I auto lighting system supplier Hyundai Mobis (Seoul) plans to construct a  plant  in the Czech Republic to manufacture car lamps for the local operations of group companies Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. The 120 billion won ($117 million) plant will be the company's second in the country when  it opens for operations in 2017 near the city of Ostrava.

Carbon fiber wheels propel Tour de France winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Hexcel Composites (Duxford, Cambridge) had a helping hand in the efforts of Vincenzo Nibali during his winning ride in the 2014 Tour de France. The rider's bike wheels were manufactured by Corima (Loriol-sur-Drôme, France) using Hexcel's carbon fiber composites.

Thermoplastic-compatible carbon fiber production commences; focus on auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

At the end of June, SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) started production of thermoplastic-compatible polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibers at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland. The new production start-up will initially service orders from the automotive industry.

Ultrasonic machining process makes light work of composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 24th, 2014

Researchers at Loughborough University (Leicestershire, UK) have developed a device that they say could revolutionize the way cutting, drilling and milling of composite materials is accomplished. It involves a technique called ultrasonically-assisted machining (UAM), which uses a specially designed piezoelectric transducer working in tandem with a traditional turning, drilling or milling machine.

Auto industry globalization: Tier I production reaches Laos

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Japanese Tier I Toyota Boshoku (Kariya) is perhaps the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the impoverished Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacture of automobile seat covers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Production capacity is 200,000 units/year.

Thermoforming Technology Group acquires Lyle Industries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Consolidation in the thermoforming machinery sector continues with the announcement by Thermoforming Technology Group LLC (TTG) that it has acquired Lyle Industries of Beaverton, MI, one of the leading thermoforming machinery manufacturers in the United States. Thermoforming Technology Group is the parent company of Brown Machine LLC and EPCO LLC, which were acquired in January 2008.

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