Coperion to open new China plant

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 25th, 2015

Compounding equipment maker Coperion's Chinese affiliate will move to a new facility in Nanjing in September 2015. Coperion (Nanjing) Machinery Ltd. Co.'s current production site will in the future be dedicated to R&D and technology use only as per the Nanjing Jiangning Government's development plan. The new Coperion plant will be located nearby. Construction work started in May 2014 and will be finished in June 2015.

NPE 2015: Additive packages help automakers apply recycled materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 27th, 2015

Additives supplier Struktol Company of America, has developed what it terms as unique process additives for reclaimed/recycled plastics and for polymer compounds that contain recycled content that it will highlight at NPE 2015 at Booth S27082.

Lights, camera, plastics—part 4

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 11th, 2014

The opening sequence of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, starting with an extreme close-up of Alex (Malcolm McDowell) with a slow reveal of the Korova milk bar where he and his droogs hang, is one of the most stunning in film history. As the camera pulls back, you discover seemingly plastic female figures that serve as furniture.

At Euromold, 3D printing was literally huge

By Karen Laird
Published: December 4th, 2014

Among the many developments in additive manufacturing technology on show at last week's Euromold were two machines that demonstrated just how big 3D printing is becoming. Built by the Berlin-based startup company Big Rep and by Opiliones 3D, a recently formed company by a group of Dutch mechanical engineers, these printers were hard to overlook.

Asahi Kasei Plastics breaks ground on Alabama compounding plant

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 30th, 2014

Federal, State and local officials joined together with Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc. (AKPN; Fowlerville, MI) and guests to officially break ground on its newest manufacturing site for advanced thermoplastic compounds in Limestone County, AL. AKPN received funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and local governments for the project.

IKEA's new sustainable strategy includes a plastics commitment

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 23rd, 2014

Furniture giant IKEA has launched a redesign of its sustainability strategy and plastics are a central focus. The company highlighted a commitment for all plastic material used in its home furnishing products to be 100% renewable and/or recyclable by 2020. The plastics category includes products that IKEA sells, as well as textile products, packaging and components. IKEA also plans to invest in wind and solar power for its own operations.  

The announcements were made in New York by Peter Agnefjäll, IKEA group president and CEO, on the eve of the UN Climate Summit.

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.

Clariant announces 50 percent capacity increase for innovative Licocene performance polymers

By Karen Laird
Published: June 30th, 2014

As customers around the globe wax lyrical about Clariant's Licocene performance polymers, the company has announced that it is increasing production capacity by 50 percent at its facility on the Frankfurt-Höchst Industrial Park in Germany. The facility is currently designed to produce 20,000 metric tons of Licocene per year in a continuous closed cycle. The debottlenecking of Clariant's existing production line represents a low double-digit million Swiss Franc investment. The additional capacity is scheduled to come on stream in Q1 2016.

Bayer MaterialScience: CO2-based polyols no longer a dream

By Karen Laird
Published: May 14th, 2014

Bayer MaterialScience today announced plans to invest 15 million euros in the construction of a CO2-based polyol production line at its Dormagen site in Germany. It's a significant step forward in a project that started years ago, when researchers at the company decided to chase their CO2 dream. 

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.

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