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Summertime and the grass is green! But how is the lawn & garden market?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The lawn and garden market always springs to life about April or May in many parts of the country, and that's when sales of garden tractors and equipment, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and other helpful tools for landscape maintenance, lawn care and gardening see a strong boost in sales. However, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA), the lawn and garden business could be better.

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.

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.

Whale pumps 3D prints molds; cuts lead times by up to 97%

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Additive manufacturing for the building of mold cores and cavities has been slow to catch on, however, it is seeing some forward movement as 3D printing technology advances. Stratasys Ltd., a global solutions provider in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, announced that Whale, a leading manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, has slashed its lead times for the production of injection mold tools for prototype parts by up to 97% since introducing Stratasys printing into its tooling process.

BASF doubles production capacity of phthalate-free plasticizer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2014

Chemicals giant BASF announced today that it has doubled capacity of its phthalate-free plasticizer Hexamoll DINCH from 100,000 to 200,000 metric tons per year at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The second Hexamoll DINCH plant will enable BASF to satisfy growing customer demand and strengthen supply security worldwide while continuing to ensure consistently high quality, the company said in a press release. The expanded capacity is available immediately.

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 returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

Rosti revs up to meet 2016-2017 ambitious sales target

By Karen Laird
Published: January 28th, 2014

In 2010, when Nordstjernan, a family-owned Swedish investment group acquired the Sweden-based Rosti Group, the injection molder's annual sales were below the 200 million euro mark. Today, in 2014, the Rosti Group is on its way to delivering on its 2014 revenue target of 400 million, and has announced a major program of investment, designed to take the group to its new goal of 600 million euros in 2016-2017.

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).

3D printing market to expand 10-fold by 2017; consumer/prosumer market to drive growth

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 5th, 2014

There's no doubt that 3D printing has become the buzzword of late and its reach is now penetrating outside traditional industrial design and additive manufacturing and into the consumer and "prosumer" field. Low-cost 3D printing options will allow consumers to materialize their own designs such as toys and key chains, and even sell them online.

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