Automotive

TI Automotive opens fuel tank molding plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

Automotive fluid systems supplier TI Automotive (Auburn Hills, MI) has inaugurated its newest fuel tank systems production facility in Guangzhou, southern China. The 67,000-square-foot facility is TI Automotive's second fuel tank production facility within China and produces blow-molded plastic fuel tanks for Nissan, Toyota, Peugeot Citröen and Qoros.

Release agent-free production of PU foamed interior components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

Because reactive polymers such as polyurethane (PU) exhibit extremely strong adhesion to metallic materials, appropriate measures are required in order to remove foamed articles from the mold without damaging them. Up until now, these measures - such as external release agents - have created a number of disadvantages.

Composites, eco-friendly materials deployed in Hyundai concept car

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 18th, 2014

Lotte Chemical Corp. (Seoul, Korea) is applying its carbon fiber-reinforced composites technology and eco-friendly materials in Hyundai’s Intrado concept car unveiled on March 4th at the Geneva Motor show.

Germany's micro- and nanotechnology companies in upbeat mood

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 14th, 2014

German micro and nanotechnology companies are decidedly bullish on 2014. They are "more optimistic than they have been in a long time," according to IVAM, an association that represents companies and institutes involved in microtechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, and optics & photonics. It's a nice turnaround from the survey that IVAM published this time last year, when the mood was, shall we say, sour. Medical technology is a core market for one-fifth of the companies surveyed.

My customer wants me to submit to IMDS; what do I do now?

By Derrik Snider
Published: March 14th, 2014

As the economy tightens and manufacturers look for ways to trim costs, the largely unknown IMDS requirement gets pushed further down the supply chain. While the IMDS does nothing to improve your bottom line, you're still on the hook for it. What can you do?

Week of 3/10 to 3/14: Cool wearable medical devices slideshow and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 14th, 2014

The global market for wearable devices is growing. And some of the technology is just pretty darn cool, which is one reason Senior Editor Norbert Sparrow decided to create a slideshow to highlight this innovative sector.

Five keys to capturing (and keeping) new business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 14th, 2014

We keep hearing from the automotive industry that there is a shortage of moldmakers. Yet, moldmakers keep wondering where all the business is? Surely, if there's a shortage of moldmakers, there must be more business out there.

Dow adds new R&D capabilities in Texas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 12th, 2014

The Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a new research and development (R&D) facility in Lake Jackson, TX, near its largest manufacturing site in Freeport, TX.

Called the Texas Innovation Center, it will feature laboratory facilities and technical centers to enable ongoing innovation that supports the commercialization of solutions across end-use markets, such as food packaging, personal care and automotive.

Sorry, Mr. Customer – your non-conforming parts are your fault

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2014

They say that perspective is everything.

March Automotive Supplier Sentiment Index declines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 11th, 2014

When January 2014 kicked in, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association's (OESA) Supplier Sentiment Index remained unchanged, with the index remaining at 60. The 94 survey respondents were "somewhat more optimistic" - revealed by the uptick in this category. The best news was that no smaller companies (those with revenues of $150 million or less) indicated any pessimism.

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