Compounding

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.

Elasto Sweden to add medical-grade TPE production line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Elasto Sweden is building a new production line for its medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) at its facility in Åmål, Sweden. Part of the Hexpol TPE group (Eupen, Belgium), Elasto plans to invest in high-quality twin screw technology, advanced raw material controls, and supporting auxiliary and testing equipment. The new line is expected to come on stream in 2015.

Polyamide plant targets auto applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne) has taken its new plant for polyamide (PA) plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The 90,000 tonnes/year will primarily serve the automotive industry.

World's first thermoplastic composite wheel: polyetherimide/carbon fiber combination

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

Sabic, Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) and other industry partners are working to further advance the development of the world's first thermoplastic composite wheel. The wheel leverages the properties of Sabic's polyetherimide (PEI) resin and Kringlan's three-dimensional composite design capabilities to create a material solution that can be used to replace heavier traditional materials, such as metal and aluminum alloy.

Polymer Resources celebrates 40 years of helping plastics processors be successful

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 6th, 2014

A successful company is one that believes making its customers successful is job no. 1. That is the mantra of Polymer Resources, which tags itself as the "Leader in Classic Engineering Plastic Compounds." The company was founded in 1974 on those principles that continue to drive the company today that include the flexibility of a small resin supplier with the depth of a large resin supplier.

A. Schulman buys Ferro’s plastics business

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 4th, 2014

About a year after rejecting a $855 million takeover bid from plastic compounds and resins supplier A. Schulman, Ferro Corp. has agreed to sell substantially all of the assets in its specialty plastics business to A. Schulman for $91 million in cash. 

Metabolix highlights PLA modification using PHA at PLA World Congress

By Karen Laird
Published: June 2nd, 2014

At last week's third PLA World Conference in Munich, Germany, many of the presentations addressed the challenges of modifying PLA such that improved properties are obtained that will make a broader ranges of applications within reach.

Coperion delivers new twin screw extruder to PolyOne

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2014

PolyOne Europe has ordered the new ZSK 26 Mc18 twin screw extruder from Coperion GmbH, for the company's trials in the development of its fiber reinforced and additive-enhanced polymers. Coperion will supply the equipped laboratory extruder from start to finish: from the material feeding system (Coperion K-Tron) to the compounding extruder to the pelletizing system (Coperion pelletizing technology).

Japanese firm commits to second compounding operation in North America; Alabama attracts $30 million investment

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 21st, 2014

Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals (Tokyo) has finalized a decision to construct a 30,000 tonnes/year plant for plastic compounds in Athens, Alabama, as the second plant of its US subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA, Fowlerville, MI). The facility is expected to start up in early 2016 and compound the company's Thermylene polypropylene (PP), Leona polyamide (PA) 66 products, among others.

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