Automotive

Polycarbonate rear window 35% lighter than glass version

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 20th, 2014

With the automotive industry focused on hitting future fuel economy and emission targets, the Ford Motor Company has revealed a drivable multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) with polycarbonate (PC) glazing from Sabic's Innovative Plastics business. This solution reportedly realizes a 35% weight reduction compared to the same window on a 2013 model year Ford Fusion production vehicle.

Large vertical press delivers process flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

For overmolding of organic sheets and tapes, and in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) processes, if often makes sense to work with gravity according to machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria). "This reduces the effort in the handling of parts and the fixation of insert parts in the mold, and also facilitates manual intervention," it notes.

Continental Structural Plastics acquire Magna’s composites operations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP the world's largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounder and manufacturer, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.

Nine-year-old students have fun creating robots from plastic parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Several months back, Saint-Gobain Seals' Rioja site in Spain became a little more lively due to a group of special visitors -- students from the Escolapias school in Logroño. The site regularly conducts visits for various groups, familiarizing them with the manufacturing industry and in particular, the injection molded precision parts that are produced there.

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

Fluoro-LSRs deliver processing efficiency for fuel-resistant auto components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Building on its elastomer technology in fluoro liquid silicone rubber (F-LSR), Dow Corning Corporation (Midland, MI) is introducing two new Silastic brand F-LSRs to expand design options and provide processing efficiency for fuel-resistant automotive components.

40 years on: JVs, product development help ABC expand in global auto sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 14th, 2014

Starting out at a single facility in 1974, family-owned ABC Group (Toronto, ON) is now one of North America's top tier one automotive parts suppliers, employing over 5,000 employees and operating 27 manufacturing facilities in Canada (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia), the United States (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee), Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Poland and China. Technical sales offices are located in Japan, Germany and the United States. And the road from minor to major has taken many routes.

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

Preaching what it practices: the benefits of micromolding machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 13th, 2014

Formative Tech, the Southeast Asian distributors for the Spanish-built Babyplast double plunger-type micro-injection molding machine is one company that practices what it preaches. Its sister company LNE is a Shanghai, China-based processor that operates nine Babyplast presses plus three "autonomous injection units," or UAIs in Babyplast parlance, that can be clipped onto larger machines to enable multi-shot molding.

President Obama tells companies to pay suppliers faster

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 11th, 2014

A new initiative was launched on Friday, July 11 by the Obama Administration to ensure that small businesses get paid more quickly, and several dozen large companies have signed on. The new program called SupplierPay is a "private sector" counterpart of the government's QuickPay program launched in 2011 that pays small business contractors before larger ones. Under QuickPay, the federal government is required to pay small contractors quickly - within two weeks.

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