Celanese to add PEEK to advanced materials portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 13th, 2015

Global materials company Celanese (Dallas, TX) has announced that it will expand its high-end product portfolio by adding two premium product grades of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) in 2016. The company made the announcement as part of its Investors Day that it is hosting today to discuss growth-oriented strategies and initiatives it is putting in place. Celanese forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 10 and 15%, in earnings and cash flow, respectively, through 2018.

Plastic fuel injector wins SPE award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2015

A heated tip port fuel injector used on the Honda Fit and Honda City vehicles sold in Brazil to improve cold-start performance in ethanol-fueled vehicles has captured the most innovative use of plastics award in the powertrain category at last night's 45th Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala. The part was developed by Honda, Delphi Automotive and DuPont Automotive.

Nissei bets on metal injection molding

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 8th, 2015

Japanese injection molding machine supplier Nissei Plastic Industrial says it has delivered more metal injection molding (MIM) machines than any of its Japanese competitors and it sees vast potential for the technology particularly in China where the MIM processing industry is booming in recent years.

3D printing brings a breath of fresh air to wearable electronics

By Karen Laird
Published: November 4th, 2015

We’ve all seen the pictures of people in Asia wearing face masks as they commute to work, go shopping or simply taking the dog out. If the latest data are anything to go by, they are smart to do so: every year, outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6 million people in China alone.

Donald Trump can't buy TV sets made in the USA

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 23rd, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a big fan of Made in America—and a critic of offshoring—with his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. He recently bemoaned the fact that he can't buy television sets made in the United States. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Trump commented that he "just ordered 4,000 television sets. You know where they come from? South Korea. I don't want to order them from South Korea. I don't think anybody makes television sets in the United States anymore.

New grades of PA 6,6 targeted at the E&E and automotive industry from Ascend

By Karen Laird
Published: October 19th, 2015

For a company that was established six years ago as a fully vertically integrated PA 6.6 producer with, at that time, a predominant focus on carpeting, Ascend Performance Materials has since considerably broadened its scope. While the company still exclusively manufactures and sells polyamide 6.6, its offerings today extend well beyond the traditional fibers for the carpet industry. At last week’s Fakuma trade show in Friedrichshafen, PlasticsToday talked with Phil McDivitt, President of the nylon business at Ascend, who left Celanese Corp.

Sumitomo Demag reports profitability to reach highest level ever this year

By Karen Laird
Published: October 14th, 2015

At Sumitomo Demag’s Fakuma breakfast press conference, the mood was upbeat. The German-Japanese injection molding machine manufacturer announced that this year, its 50th anniversary in injection molding, profitability would break all records to reach the highest level ever achieved.

Covestro and Reverdia partner on development of bio-based TPU

By Karen Laird
Published: October 8th, 2015

Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany), the company formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience, and Reverdia (Geleen, Netherlands), a producer of bio-based succinic acid, have reached an agreement to jointly develop and promote thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) based on renewable raw materials. Reverdia, the joint venture between Royal DSM and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company is known for the quality and purity of its Biosuccinium succinic acid.

CNT conductive compounds offer clean means of ESD

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 1st, 2015

Total has commercialized a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) product range. This new carbon nanotube (CNT) technology offers solutions to avoid damage associated with static electricity, a key issue that concerns all aspects of electronics manufacturing.

New DuPont MCM inks expand polymer options for printed electronics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2015

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM; Wilmington, DE) has developed new electronic inks that are designed to overcome the limitations of traditional printing of electronics on polymer substrates. The inks cure quickly at low temperatures, expanding the possibility of printing electronics onto an entirely new group of plastic films. The technology is expected to enable electronic components, such as sensors, heaters and antennas, to be printed on more-versatile and less-expensive substrates. The inks are now being tested and commercialized by manufacturers for new applications.

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