Materials

Peelable heat-shrink technology from Zeus reduces complexity of catheter manufacturing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 8th, 2015

Polymer extrusion company Zeus (Orangeburg, SC) will showcase its recently introduced peelable heat-shrink technology for medical catheter manufacturers at BIOMEDevice Boston next month. Described by the company as the "most significant product enhancement for catheter construction in years," FluoroPEELZ is said to offer users a new method for increasing yield and improving safety.

Prototype cylinder block incorporates fiber-reinforced plastic components

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2015

It's self-evident that cars must become lighter in order to reduce fuel consumption. For most car designers this principally means body parts but the powertrain system, which includes the engine, also accounts for a large proportion of the vehicle's weight.

U.S. made hybrid styrenic-olefinic foam offers enhanced temperature stability, compressive strength

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2015

Sekisui Plastics USA (Mt. Pleasant, TN) has introduced a new grade of Piocelan moldable foam resin. A hybrid of styrenic and olefin components, Piocelan T incorporates a higher heat olefin component than previous grades, offering increased elevated temperature stability along with higher compressive, flexural and tensile strength. The foam is reportedly engineered to meet the stringent flammability requirements for automotive interior parts.

Medical-grade PP now available from Interstate Plastics for orthopedic applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Interstate Plastics (Sacramento, CA) has announced the availability of medical-grade Propylux HS, a heat-stabilized polypropylene (PP) rod used primarily in orthopedic applications.
  
Propylux HS PP rods, designed and manufactured by extruder and compression molder Westlake Plastics (Lenni, PA ), are biocompatible and chemically resistant materials.
 

Technology for upcycling waste oil into PHA earns 2015 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Suzhou Hydal Biotech, an EU-China joint venture that has developed the first and only industrial technology for production of PHA biopolymers that uses waste cooking oil, is the recipient of this year's Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that significantly affect both the functionality and customer value of new products and applications.

Global bioplastic packaging materials market forecast to surge between 2015 and 2019

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Analysis from Technavio (London) predicts that the global bioplastic packaging materials market will grow at a 23% compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2019.

According to the report, the demand for bioplastics is expected to surge during the forecast period because of an increased need for eco-friendly packaging. Increased awareness of the benefits of bioplastic packaging among end users is propelling growth.

World's most-conductive 3D-printing filament now shipping

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2015

Start-up Functionalize Inc. (Seattle, WA) announced today that it has beaten the promised electrical specification of F-Electric, its conductive 3D-printing filament, by 25% and has begun customer shipments. The final production material has a resistance of 0.75 Ω/cm and has greater mechanical strength than the beta material or virgin PLA. Described as the world's most conductive 3D-printing filament, F-Electric is the first plastic filament that enables 3D printing of circuit boards, flashlights, lighted wearables and more, according to the company.

EU plastics group warns about damaging effect of force majeure declarations

By Karen Laird
Published: April 2nd, 2015

According to a recent statement from the Brussels-based European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC), the recent series of force majeure declarations by some of the leading polymer suppliers to the European market could have very damaging effects.

"We are receiving reports from our major national associations that compounders and processors are experiencing difficulty in obtaining adequate supplies of polymer to discharge contractual obligations toward their customers," said Alexandre Dangis, EuPC's Managing Director.

Binder offers alternative to formaldehyde in natural fiber composites

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 1st, 2015

A new binder for use in production of natural fiber composites for automotive lightweight applications was recently introduced by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany). Acrodur Power 2750 is designed for the production of components such as interior car door panels or shelves.

Auto sector drives booming demand for EMI-shielding Electriplast conductive resins

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2015

While conductive resins have been around in some form for more than two decades, historically they were used primarily for static dissipation using carbon black or low levels of chopped stainless-steel fibers. Today there's an exciting new technology developed by Electriplast (Canton, MI), an Integral Technologies Co., that provides an alternative to electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding using die-cast aluminum lining.

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