Materials

Chinaplas: Chinese, global automakers opt for lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2014

The quest for enhanced fuel efficiency and safety in automobiles is creating a multitude of opportunities for plastics. Promising applications in the power train segment alone, for example include front covers, oil pans, integrated AIM-EGR (air intake manifold-exhaust gas recirculation) systems, turbochargers, exhaust and muffler systems, and exhaust gas cooling systems.

Chinaplas: A push for biodegradable plastic bags in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China — Upon arrival in China, it's hard not to ignore the pollution in the air and trash creating an eyesore on the ground. China is playing a big price for its swelling pollution. For instance, in Shanghai, the cost of pollution is estimated at $420 million.

Chinaplas: Taiwanese styrenic elastomer supplier on expansion drive

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Already among the world's top three styrenic block copolymer suppliers, Taiwan's TSRC Corp. (Taipei) is further augmenting its supply position. Speaking at a pre-Chinaplas press event, Chris Mudd, President and General Manager of group company Dexco Polymers (Houston, TX) outlined the company's expansion plans for the coming years.

Calling it "recyclable packaging" doesn't mean that it will be recycled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

Recently Colgate-Palmolive announced that it will commit to 100% recyclable packaging by 2020 for three of four product categories. This commitment came after one of the company's shareholders became engaged with As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that "promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies."

Bio succinic acid: It's a marathon, not a sprint

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2014

At last week's Bio-based Materials Conference in Cologne, the second day was dominated by three talks on the developments around bio succinic acid. Of the four major players in this area, three - Reverdia, Succinity and Myriant - discussed the state of the art and presented their views on the market potential for this rising bio-based building block.

BMW i3: unpainted door sill panel molded from PC/ABS compound

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) compounds from Styron Automotive have reportedly have been instrumental in the development of mid console, glove box, and trunk trim components for the BMW i3 series. The material has also been used in Mercedes Benz C class pillars and door panels.

New multilayer packaging films open without knife or scissors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Reclosable packages are not very common yet on the North American market compared to other places, but a German-based packaging provider hopes to jump-start the trend in the states.

Südpack USA Inc. has extended its range of film packaging for food products on the U.S. market. The multilayer packaging films reportedly provide easy opening without a knife or scissors and can be reclosed multiple times without any quality loss. This film range, called Multipeel films, can run on many standard packaging machines.

Lightweighted patient transport system gives emergency personnel a lift

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 16th, 2014

Thermoset composites are making the lives of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel a little less strainful. The new iN∫X (pronounced "in-ex") Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System from Ferno EMS integrates 16 parts supplied by The Composites Group (TCG; Highland Heights, OH) that achieved weight reductions compared with conventional components without adversely affecting strength. EMS workers routinely sustain sprains and strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lanxess' latest offshore investment: compounding unit in Brazil

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 15th, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) has inaugurated its new compounding facility in Porto Feliz, Brazil. A EUR20 million ($27.6 million) investment has been made in the plant, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes and employ up to 50 personnel.

NPE 2015 wants to see your high-end recycled products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

Plastics manufacturers that turn recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE 2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, FL. SPI will accept product nominations until Aug. 1, 2014.

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