Flame-retardant PET film costs one-tenth that of polyimide equivalent; LED lighting targeted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited (Tokyo) has developed a PET film offering flame retardance equivalent to UL VTM-0 that reportedly costs up to 90% less than polyimide (PI) film.

Teijin  Tetoron UF film employs Teijin's proprietary non-halogenated flame-retardant and also reportedly delivers the inherent heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of conventional PET film.

American firm localizes specialty compound production in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Global OEMs concerned the legitimacy of their plastic compound sources in China may want to consider a new supplier of specialty products with its roots in the US.

Anti-counterfeiting technologies tackle fake resins

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Moldmaker Superior Tooling has big plans for 2014

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

New orders for durable goods declined in December; auto finishes the year strong

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Reshoring: Let's stick to the facts please

By Doug Smock
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.

Oyster shells provide reinforcement in non-halogenated flame-retardant compound

By Stephen Moore
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).

As “Made in USA” gains in popularity, companies reshore manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Hydrolysis-resistant polyester resin homes in on auto electrics

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Appliance companies continue geographic shuffle

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

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