Haier will use new liquid blowing agent in large-capacity refrigerators

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 18th, 2014

Haier will adopt Honeywell's new low-global-warming-potential Solstice liquid blowing agent in China in the manufacture of refrigerators.

Blowing agents allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam's insulating properties. The blowing agent supplier said Solstice LBA can help home appliance manufacturers realize an 8-10% energy efficiency improvement when compared to cyclopentane.

Crowdsourced appliance design becoming a reality in GE Appliances venture FirstBuild

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 17th, 2014

FirstBuild was formed by a partnership of GE Appliances and Local Motors with the aim of creating a new product development/manufacturing model for the appliance industry. The venture is seeking to engage a community of industrial designers, scientists, engineers, appliance producers, and early adopters to address engineering challenges and innovations. FirstBuild will manufacture the designs in its Microfactory for rapid product introduction and iteration.

GE agrees to sell appliances business to Electrolux AB for $3.3 billion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2014

GE announced Monday that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its appliances business to Sweden-based appliance maker Electrolux AB for $3.3 billion. As part of the transaction, GE has entered into a long-term agreement with Electrolux to continue use of the GE Appliances brand. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of GE and Electrolux and remains subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and it targeted to close in 2015.

Chevron Phillips Chemical to sell its Ryton PPS Business to Solvay as global competition intensifies

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 4th, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (The Woodlands, TX) will divest its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA ((Alpharetta, GA) for $220 million. The announcement comes at a time when incumbent and new players are investing aggressively in new polymerization and compounding capacity meaning despite strong market growth, suppliers are facing ever increasing competition.

Latest 3D simulation software version debuts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 31st, 2014

3D CAE simulation solutions provider CoreTech System (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has released its latest iteration of software: Moldex3D R13.0.

Owl-inspired bio-fan produced from innovative bio-compound from Akro-Plastic

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Ziehl-Abegg (Kuenzelsau, Germany), a manufacturer of fans for ventilation and air conditioning applications and the company behind the "bionic bio-fan," has partnered with Akro-Plastic GmbH (Niederzissen, Germany) to develop a polyamide 6.10–based Akromid S compound to meet the specific requirements of the blades of the bionic fan.

RTP producing very long fiber compounds in Mexico: enhanced solutions for automotive and consumer goods sectors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

RTP Company (Winona, MN) has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico and is now producing very long fiber (VLF) compounds.  This newest VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the company's customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries. 

Cannon installs second, energy-efficient vacuum assisted injection foaming system for Haier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 29th, 2014

Haier, a global manufacturer in cold appliances, is proving its success with the addition of a second 16-fixture foaming and polymerization line for China refrigerators, featuring the innovative Vacuum Assisted Injection (V.A.I.) method from Cannon S.p.A. in Italy. The second line was installed at Haier's Qingdao, China, facility reinforcing the commercial success of this innovative technology that was first launched in September 2011.

Whirlpool refrigerators become first commercial application for a polyurethane insulation system using HFO blowing agent

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 25th, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., the world's largest producer of major appliances, has begun the first commercial use of a polyurethane refrigerator insulation system with a HFO (hydrofluoroolefin) blowing agent.

The polyurethane is a new formulation of BASF's Elastocool rigid foam. It is used with Honeywell's Solstice liquid blowing agent (LBA), an HFO with an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) of 1. Traditionally used hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have GWPs between 700 and 1000

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.

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