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Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

Electrolux settles dryer-fire class action

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 27th, 2014

Electrolux Home Products has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit regarding fires alleged to have started in some models of its clothes dryers. Electrolux denied that the dryers were defective and agreed to the settlement to avoid further litigation.

Electrolux Home Products is the United States subsidiary of Swedish-based Electrolux AB.

The suit covers gas and electric clothes dryers designed and manufactured by Electrolux, all with the same design of "ball-hitch." Ball-hitch refers to the rear drum bearing shaft on some horizontal-axis (front-load) dryers.

Polyurethane technology to cut refrigerator energy use named a Best of the Best LIFE project

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 25th, 2014

The ENERG-ICE project was led by the Dow Polyurethanes R&D team in Italy in partnership with Cannon Group companies, Afros and Crios, as well as Federchimica, and co-funded by the European Community.

Polyurethane technology to cut refrigerator energy use named a Best of the Best LIFE project

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 18th, 2014

The project ENERG-ICE was selected as one of the six 2013 "Best of the Best" Environment and Information projects within the LIFE Environmental Program of the European Commission.

The ENERG-ICE project was led by the Dow Polyurethanes R&D team in Italy in partnership with Cannon Group companies, Afros and Crios, as well as Federchimica, and co-funded by the European Community.

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.

Solid growth for plastics machinery shipments in Q1

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2014

Despite the harsh winter weather and the resulting lackluster growth in the U.S. economy, business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) recorded another quarter of solid growth in Q1 of 2014. According to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $300.5 million in Q1.

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.

Chinaplas: Celanese outlines compounding plans for China, highlights PPS advances

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 29th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Celanese Corporation (Dallas, TX) will expand its compounding capabilities at its Nanjing, China, site to include Fortron polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds. The PPS compounding expansion is expected to be operational by year-end 2014. Currently the firm compounds PBT, LCP and POM materials there

The capacity will be capable of compounding recently launched PPS products such as CES50 and ICE, which Celanese was highlighting at the recent Chinaplas show.

Chinaplas: Polyacetal penetrates vacuum cleaner housing application

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 28th, 2014

Shanghai, China-Traditional suppliers of polyacetal (POM) resin are coming under attack from low-cost Chinese suppliers originating from the coal industry, hence their increased focus on value-added applications where these new Chinese POM suppliers find it hard to compete. One such application discovered at the recent Chinaplas show in Shanghai was a vacuum cleaner housing component molded from polyacetal that had successfully replaced ABS resin.

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