Published: March 5th, 2014
The recent debacle at Aston Martin that saw counterfeit DuPont polyamide material used in a critical component highlights the need for processors to ensure their material are legit. Technology from Celanese Corporation (Dallas, TX) is one means of making sure resins are indeed those that have been specified.
Published: February 14th, 2014
As their customers become more demanding in their requirements of mold suppliers, mold manufacturers are working to expand capacity and capabilities in response. Superior Tooling Inc., a mold manufacturer located in Wake Forest, NC, is keeping up with demands from customers by making continued investments in its business.
Published: January 31st, 2014
While the U.S. Department of Commerce's report on durable goods showed a sharp decline in December by $10.3 billion or 4.3% to $229.3 billion, automotive sales finished up a strong 8%.
November's new orders for manufactured durable goods had ticked up 2.6%, which made Decembers decrease a bit surprising. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.6%, and excluding defense, new orders decreased 3.7%. Transportation equipment led the decrease, $7.7 billion or 9.5% to $73.1 billion, with nondefense aircraft and parts leading the decrease, down $3.8 billion.
Published: January 27th, 2014
J.M.Barrie, the Scottish writer who created Peter Pan, once said: "Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough."
This comes to mind because of the recurring media stories trumpeting a reshoring of manufacturing jobs in the United States.
Published: January 22nd, 2014
Polypropylene (PP) thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers have been flame-retarded using "commercially viable" Exolit AP non-halogenated flame retardants supplied by Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). The compounds were developed by Eurostar Engineering Plastics (Fosses, France).
Published: January 3rd, 2014
It seems that 2013 was a good year for reshoring of manufacturing. As "Made in USA" labels become more ubiquitous thanks to a lot of media attention over the past year, it appears that's influencing people in corporate boardrooms.
Published: December 29th, 2013
Presentation by Dr. Peter Eibeck, Business Development E/E, Engineering Plastics Europe, BASF SE
The challenges for materials in the automotive drive technology include amongst others high temperatures, moisture and vibrations. In order to be able to withstand such an environment over the service life of a car, the plastics used often have to be specially formulated.
Published: December 23rd, 2013
Reading about the reshuffling of the appliance manufacturing sector reminds me of molecules in quantum physics "uncertainly principle" - you can know where they are or how fast they're moving, but you can't know both at the same time. Werner Heisenberg, founder of the uncertainty principle, just might come in handy today when it comes to tracking appliance makers.
Published: December 23rd, 2013
The appliance industry continues its geographic reshuffling with the announcement from Whirlpool Corp. that it will move production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, OH. The move reaffirms Whirlpool's continued commitment to its U.S. manufacturing base and its confidence in the Clyde skilled workforce, the company said. Approximately 80-100 new jobs will be created in Clyde during the next three years to support this manufacturing relocation.
Published: November 12th, 2013
Japan's Mitsui Chemicals and Itoh Oil Chemical have signed a joint venture agreement with India's Jayant Agro-Organics for the establishment of a company based in Gujarat, India to produce bio-polyol, a raw material for polyurethane foams. An 8,000 tonnes/yr plant is scheduled to start up in January 2015.