Compounding

Full CFRT bodies get boost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

In 2011, Teijin (Osaka, Japan) built a four-seater concept car with a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) body structure. The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kg, merely a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world of mass production applications for carbon fiber composites..

S&E Specialty Polymers raises $20,000 for a charity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Here's a 'good news' story for you. S&E Specialty Polymers, a producer of specialty plastic compounds, recently sponsored its second annual charity golf tournament on July 21, 2014 at the Sterling National Country Club in Sterling, MA in support of Life is good Playmakers, the nonprofit action arm of The Life is good Company. The annual tournament, called 'Play Fore Playmakers,' was a success and all profits from registrations, donations and sponsorships have been donated directly to the Playmakers organization.

Engel to debut processing expertise at Composites Europe 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2014

Injection machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) is presenting its expertise in lightweight composite technologies at the Composites Europe trade fair, which takes place from 7th to 9th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. At Engel's center for lightweight composite technologies, the company co-operates with partner enterprises on developing economical processes for serial production of innovative carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components.

Chevron Phillips Chemical to sell its Ryton PPS Business to Solvay as global competition intensifies

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 4th, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (The Woodlands, TX) will divest its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA ((Alpharetta, GA) for $220 million. The announcement comes at a time when incumbent and new players are investing aggressively in new polymerization and compounding capacity meaning despite strong market growth, suppliers are facing ever increasing competition.

A. Schulman acquires compounder down under

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 2nd, 2014

A. Schulman, Inc. (Akron, OH)) has acquired Australian compounder Compco Pty. Ltd. (Mordialloc, Victoria) for $6.7 million in cash.

Compco manufactures a variety of plastic compounds and products including filled and reinforced compounds, masterbatches and custom performance colors. Key markets include packaging, wire & cable and pipe. Compco achieved revenues of nearly $15 million for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Granula shows off new test specimen for color masterbatches at Fakuma 2014

By Karen Laird
Published: August 28th, 2014

When it comes to color, getting it right can be a challenge. Adding color will always affect the polymer being processed, although the way in which it does so will vary from plastic to plastic, and even from color to color. Converters are faced with choices such as using higher doses of weaker masterbatches, which facilitates an even dispersion throughout, or small quantities of a stronger masterbatch, which can offer cost advantages. Wall thickness, color, transparency, and application are all factors that affect the choice of a masterbatch. 

Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

PPS compounding: dedicated facility slated for China

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 16th, 2014

Japanese resin supplier DIC Corp. (Tokyo) plans to complete a compounding facility specifically for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin in the Chinese city of Zhangjiagang in 2015.

Teknor Apex unveils polymer-neutral strategy for medical market at MEDTEC China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 23rd, 2014

PVC or not PVC? If that is the question, Teknor Apex (Singapore) says it has the answer for customers in the medical sector. The compounder has restructured its product portfolio to offer medical device designers and manufacturers an expansive range of raw material options, an approach that it is calling a polymer-neutral medical market strategy. The company will introduce the concept at MEDTEC China, which returns to Shanghai in September 2014.

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.

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