Preaching what it practices: the benefits of micromolding machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 13th, 2014

Formative Tech, the Southeast Asian distributors for the Spanish-built Babyplast double plunger-type micro-injection molding machine is one company that practices what it preaches. Its sister company LNE is a Shanghai, China-based processor that operates nine Babyplast presses plus three "autonomous injection units," or UAIs in Babyplast parlance, that can be clipped onto larger machines to enable multi-shot molding.

BASF doubles China engineering plastics compounding capacity; largest site in Asia Pacific

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has undertaken three capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China for polyamide (PA), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPUs). The company has also undertaken an expansion of its microcellular polyurethane components capacity.

China biggest robot market in 2013

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 15th, 2014

In 2013, about 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, representing an all-time high and 12 percent growth over 2012. And China, faced with skyrocketing labor costs, overtook Japan to become the world's largest market, with almost 37,000 industrial robots were sold.

Sabic inks metallocene PE JV with Korea's SK Global

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 1st, 2014

Sabic and Korean petrochemical company SK Global Chemical (Seoul) have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement that will see the partners invest a total of $595 million in metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene production assets employing SK's Nexlene process technology.

Preformed Line Products adds Engel machine to Arkansas facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 30th, 2014

Engel North America recently installed a two-platen Engel duo 7050/720 injection molding machine equipped with an Engel viper 60 robot in the Preformed Line Products (PLP) plant located in Rogers, AR.

Active vehicle safety systems present opportunities for conductive compounds

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 26th, 2014

Proper operation of automotive radar and sensing systems is paramount to maintain vehicle safety and reliability. These systems are at the core of crash avoidance technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems that could potentially reduce accidents by up to 27%.

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 21st, 2014

We have many polymer companies in North America-some of the biggest companies in the world. Yet it was scientists - and a 'happy accident' - from IBM Research who successfully discovered a new class of polymer materials that offer the potential to transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics.

3M subsidiary Dyneon walks the sustainability walk

By Karen Laird
Published: May 7th, 2014

Dyneon, a 3M company and a worldwide leader in the production of fluoropolymers, is not just talking the talk. The company has developed an innovative "Up-Cycling" technology, which is designed to close the fluoropolymer loop in an effort to arrive at a more sustainable end-of-life solution for perfluorinated polymers.

Chinaplas: Copolymer POM grades target high load gear applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 6th, 2014

Shanghai, China-High load gear applications have traditionally turned to homopolymer grades of polyacetal (POM) resin. The latest copolymer offerings from Celanese (Dallas, TX), however, are said to offer sufficient mechanical properties for use in such applications.

Chinaplas: Haitian ships record number of machines in 2013; 27%-plus global market share

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 5th, 2014

Shanghai, China-China's and indeed the world's largest injection molding machine builder, Haitian International (Ningbo), announced record unit shipments of around 27,000 presses in 2013, which depending on what source you rely in corresponds to a global market share of the order of 27¬-32%. Shipments far exceeded the previous year's figure of 22,000 units.

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