Victrex adds new PAEK capacity; enhances processing presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2015

Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) has commissioned the first production stream of its third PAEK manufacturing plant as it focuses on offering even greater security of supply to customers, as well as delivering complete solutions. The capacity increase is part of an expansion program valued at $138 million. The new facility for the manufacture of PAEK went into operation in the north-west of the UK during April.

Electronics recycler reshoots old 3D movies into 3D printer filament

By Karen Laird
Published: April 26th, 2015

GreenDisk, a 22-year-old recycler of electronic media for the software, music and movie industries headquartered in Issaquah, WA, celebrated Earth Day this year with the creation of a new company called reShootz. Taking advantage of the burgeoning demand for sustainable raw materials, reShootz will develop and market 3D printer filaments using a dedicated stream of recycled plastics derived from discarded CDs and DVDs.

DuPont boosts high-temperature nylon capacity in U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

DuPont Performance Polymers (Wilmington, DE) increased production of fast-growing Zytel HTN PPA high-performance polyamide resins manufactured at its Richmond, VA, facility by 10 percent to meet growing global market demand in automotive and consumer electronics markets.  Richmond, which uses a continuous polymerization process, is the largest Zytel HTN production facility in DuPont. DuPont did not disclose expansion details, but did say this to be the first in a series of global expansion plans.

Auto sector drives booming demand for EMI-shielding Electriplast conductive resins

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2015

While conductive resins have been around in some form for more than two decades, historically they were used primarily for static dissipation using carbon black or low levels of chopped stainless-steel fibers. Today there's an exciting new technology developed by Electriplast (Canton, MI), an Integral Technologies Co., that provides an alternative to electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding using die-cast aluminum lining.

Coperion to open new China plant

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 25th, 2015

Compounding equipment maker Coperion's Chinese affiliate will move to a new facility in Nanjing in September 2015. Coperion (Nanjing) Machinery Ltd. Co.'s current production site will in the future be dedicated to R&D and technology use only as per the Nanjing Jiangning Government's development plan. The new Coperion plant will be located nearby. Construction work started in May 2014 and will be finished in June 2015.

Koplas 2015: Steam-powered tool temperature regulation unit enhances surface finish

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 19th, 2015

Systems that employ steam and cooling water to rapidly heat and cool tooling deliver benefits such as enhanced surface finish and faster mold cycles. Korean company Yudo-Suns (Incheon) introduced its latest equipment at the recent Koplas show in Goyang, the RICH (Rapid Isolation Cooling & Heating) SR system featuring an internal water purification unit.

NPE 2015: Inductive tool heating produces high gloss, defect free surface finish in quick time

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 19th, 2015

Inductive injection tool heating technology expert Roctool is featuring its technology for rapid molding of composites and other plastic components at multiple booths during NPE, including the company's own (S15033) and those of injection machine builders KraussMaffei (W903) and Engel (W1303). The parts produced at these booths feature high gloss and no indications of weld lines or sink marks. 

Researchers in Finland develop large-surface, light-emitting plastic film

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 13th, 2015

Based on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology and implemented by means of a printing machine, patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces have been created on advertising displays, information signs and lighting fixtures by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd. The method also enables transparent smart surfaces to be attached to window panels or packaging, VTT recently explained in a technology paper.

Koplas: LS Mtron highlights composite technologies, introduces injection blow molding machine

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 12th, 2015

Sandwiched in local and global markets between up-and-coming Chinese injection machine builders with consistently improving quality standards and Japanese all-electric injection machine suppliers who dominate their market segment, Korean OEMs were out in force at the Koplas show near Seoul to prove that they too are making progress, particularly in terms of special machines and advanced applications.

Koplas 2015: Haitian targets Korea as next market to conquer; Korean OEMs turn to special applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 10th, 2015

Haitian's Korean affiliate is on a growth drive in South Korea, competing head-to-head with local players including LS Mtron and Woojin PLAIMM. Last year, the injection molding machine builder sold 470 machines in South Korea through Haitian Korea Co., Ltd. (Bucheon) and Representative Director Lainus Lee says it is targeting shipments of 800 machines in 2015.

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