Materials

Sheet molding compound route reduces vehicle weight with acceptable cycle time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2014

Owens Corning (Toledo, OH) has debuted a multi-end roving designed for epoxy sheet molding compound (SMC) systems in automotive applications.
In combination with such systems, ME1510 glass reinforcement reportedly enables improved mechanical properties. ME1510 is said to feature superior strength and flexural modulus, fast impregnation and excellent process characteristics in SMC, allowing up to 63 percent glass fiber content1.

Market success and industry recognition for breakthrough PET catalyst technology

By Karen Laird
Published: April 24th, 2014

Studies on antimony trioxide, the heavy metal catalyst often used in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), have long demonstrated the relative safety of the catalyst. Its migration into food and beverages packaged in PET occurs--when it does occur--at very low levels. Unfortunately, though, it is a suspected carcinogen. So when UK-based Catalytic Technologies Ltd.

Chemicals pegged Middle East's fastest growing industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2014

A changing global feedstock mix and increased competition from the United States have validated decisions made by Middle East petrochemical producers to continue investing in new technology, according to business analysis group IHS. Industry is also diversifying its feedback mix and expanding product portfolios to include more high-value intermediates, says the group. These and related topics will be discussed at the IHS Forum in Dubai on April 27 to 29, 2014.

Chinaplas: Milliken talks China’s packaging trends; announces U.S. capacity expansion

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — Walk into any convenience store chain in China and you'll be greeted with plenty of packaged food options in all types of shapes and sizes. And while years back that concept seemed somewhat unheard of, as the middle class expands, the demand for packaged food is only going to increase.

At Milliken's booth (#N2C41) in Chinaplas, PlasticsToday sat down with company representatives to talk about what's popular in packaging for the Chinese market and also doing business in the country.

Magna to manufacture class-A carbon fiber composite body panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2014

 Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has been awarded a contract to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles.
Group company Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to the point where it can now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

Resin pricing report: Spot resin trading slightly down after three active weeks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Spot resin trading slowed a bit the week of April 7 from the very rapid rate of the previous three weeks. There was an average flow of fresh railcars, and while all commodity-grade resins can still be readily sourced, national resellers and Houston exporters seem to be successfully working off some of their heavy inventories. Producers are doing their best to keep PE contracts flat in April, while processors are looking for a $0.02/lb decrease. PP contracts are settling down $0.01/lb, the third small decrease in as many months.

Chinaplas: PolyOne launches dual protection light barrier for clear packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — There's a 'clear trend' going on in packaging and as such, PolyOne Corp. is showcasing its OnCap Light Shield additives for clear packaging at Chinaplas 2014 (N1.E41). The additives reportedly absorb both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light before either can reach light sensitive contents such as food or pharmaceuticals, which can help reduce their degradation. 

In addition, the OnCap Light Shield additives can also eliminate the need to have an extra coating or layer. 

Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

Plastic x-ray detector achieves medical-grade imaging performance

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Digital x-ray systems offer a number of advantages over conventional analog systems—images are processed faster and can be shared easily, and less radiation is required to produce them—but they also share one disadvantage: digital x-rays still use large glass substrates. Two years ago, researchers at the Holst Centre (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and imec (Leuven, Belgium) demonstrated that the use of plastic substrates in x-ray systems was technically feasible and would result in lighter, more robust, and less expensive devices.

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.

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