Lightweighted patient transport system gives emergency personnel a lift

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 16th, 2014

Thermoset composites are making the lives of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel a little less strainful. The new iN∫X (pronounced "in-ex") Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System from Ferno EMS integrates 16 parts supplied by The Composites Group (TCG; Highland Heights, OH) that achieved weight reductions compared with conventional components without adversely affecting strength. EMS workers routinely sustain sprains and strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lanxess' latest offshore investment: compounding unit in Brazil

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 15th, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) has inaugurated its new compounding facility in Porto Feliz, Brazil. A EUR20 million ($27.6 million) investment has been made in the plant, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes and employ up to 50 personnel.

Flame-retardant PET film costs one-tenth that of polyimide equivalent; LED lighting targeted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited (Tokyo) has developed a PET film offering flame retardance equivalent to UL VTM-0 that reportedly costs up to 90% less than polyimide (PI) film.

Teijin  Tetoron UF film employs Teijin's proprietary non-halogenated flame-retardant and also reportedly delivers the inherent heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of conventional PET film.

American firm localizes specialty compound production in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Global OEMs concerned the legitimacy of their plastic compound sources in China may want to consider a new supplier of specialty products with its roots in the US.

Fighting fake resin; the cost of conforming

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 2nd, 2014

The recent discovery of use of counterfeit polyamide resin in a key component molded in China for Aston Martin sports cars may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to such practices but it's not the case that all processors in China can't be trusted. There are honest molders out there going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their operations are completely above-board.

S&E Specialty Polymers expands current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

S&E Specialty Polymers has expanded its current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year. The company says it is equipped to handle a customer's tolling needs in a variety of polymers including PVC, PVC alloys, Low Smoke Zero Halogen, TPOs, TPRs and flame retardant & UV based concentrates.

Anti-counterfeiting technologies tackle fake resins

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

The recent debacle at Aston Martin that saw counterfeit DuPont polyamide material used in a critical component highlights the need for processors to ensure their material are legit. Technology from Celanese Corporation (Dallas, TX) is one means of making sure resins are indeed those that have been specified.

All-thermoplastic composite hydrogen storage cylinder to be introduced

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 26th, 2014

Celanese Corp. (Irving, TX) is presenting a technical paper on an all-thermoplastic composite storage cylinder for use in fuel-cell automobiles and showcasing new material innovations for advanced fuel systems during the ITB Automotive Energy Storage Systems 2014 conference Wednesday and Thursday, March 5-6, at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Michigan.

Teknor Apex acquires Viking Polymers, expands rigid PVC compounding business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 3rd, 2014

Teknor Apex recently completed the acquisition of Viking Polymers, a custom compounder with a portfolio of specialty formulations with a focus on rigid PVC and related materials for building and construction. The amount of the deal was undisclosed.

Chem-Trend’s new purging compounds said to improve caps, closures production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2014

Chem-Trend says its new purging compounds is saving plastic bottle caps and closures manufacturers time and money. The new Lusin Clean 1060 was specifically developed to eliminate the scrap resulting from material and color changes by cleaning screws, cylinders, nozzles and hotrunner systems in injection and compression molding machines. Lusin Clean 1061 prevents black spot formation by cleaning injection and compression molding machines used for caps and closures production.

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