Automotive

Mini 3D-printed heat exchanger could be breakthrough in artificial organ research

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 9th, 2015

A miniaturized heat-exchange technology developed by HRL Laboratories (Malibu, CA) may represent a breakthrough in the creation of artificial organs, according to researchers. HRL, which is jointly owned by The Boeing Co. and General Motors, used 3D printing to build paper-thin walls for the heat exchanger that allow heat conduction without limiting heat exchange.

DuPont augments application development capabilities in Asia-Pacific

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2015

3D suction blow molding and injection molding capabilities have been installed at DuPont Performance Polymers technical and R&D centers in the Asia-Pacific region in order to strengthen application development capabilities there. 

DSM Engineering Plastics announces leadership change

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2015

DSM has named Roeland Polet as Business Group Director at DSM Engineering Plastics, succeeding Roelof Westerbeek.

Roeland Polet joins DSM from coatings supplier Valspar Company, where he most recently was Senior Vice President, Global Industrial and Corporate Development, based in Minneapolis (United States) and Shanghai (China).

Researchers turn to insect legs to improve safety of tubular structures

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 7th, 2015

Insect legs could help engineers improve the safety of long tubular structures used in aircraft to reduce weight and in hospital equipment, such as catheters. Scientists from Trinity College Dublin are looking at how the different leg shapes of locusts, cockroaches, stick insects and bees bend and buckle when stress is applied to them.

Saudi-Korean metallocene elastomer JV formalized

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 5th, 2015

Sabic and SK Global Chemical, have successfully concluded negotiations for a 50-50 joint venture that will purchase the rights to Nexlene solution technology and a plant that manufactures a range of high-performance ethylene/alpha-olefin polyolefin plastic, elastomer and plastomer (POE/POP) copolymers in Ulsan, Korea, from SK Global. The purchase price for the technology and plant is approximately $640 million.

World's largest auto interior company opens for business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 5th, 2015

July 2 marked the formal launch of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems. Yanfeng is a wholly owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd (HASCO), which is the component group of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).

First plastic rear axle transmission crossbeam debuts at Mercedes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2015

ContiTech Vibration Control and BASF have teamed together to develop the world's first plastic transmission crossbeam for use in the rear axle subframe of the S-Class from Mercedes-Benz. The component is molded Ultramid A3WG10 CR polyamide from BASF, which is reinforced and optimized to withstand high mechanical loads.

North American robotics market continues to break records

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 2nd, 2015

Orders and shipments for industrial robots in North America continued their pace set in 2014, with a record first quarter in 2015, according to the Robotics Industries Association (RIA; Ann Arbor, MI). A total of 6,895 robots valued at approximately $435.1 million were ordered from North American companies during the first quarter of 2015, a increase of 16% in units and 29% in dollars over the same period in 2014.

High-molecular EPDM grade for dynamic applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 1st, 2015

A new grade of ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM) that can compete with natural rubber (NR), which is susceptible to aging, has been developed by Lanxess (Cologne). This new grade is characterized by its exceptionally high molecular weight, which gives the synthetic rubber its extremely high NR-type strength and resilience.

Prism Plastics reboots foray into medtech sector via planned acquisition of medical molding company

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 30th, 2015

Prism Plastics (Chesterfield, MI) has built a successful business providing plastic injection molding services to the automotive industry. The company specializes in the production of safety parts for seatbelts, among other components. After some lean times following its founding in 1999, the company "went from zero to $5 million in the first five years," says Gerry Phillips, Vice President and co-founder, and it has averaged 20% annual growth since then.

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