Materials

TPE-based closures now available for clean applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

Container closures made from a biopharmaceutical-grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) are now available from AdvantaPure (Southampton, PA), a division of NewAge Industries that is specialized in tubing and molded parts for the life science, food, beverage, and cosmetic sectors. Previously the BioClosures products, typically used in pharmaceutical, biotech, laboratory and other clean applications, were offered only in platinum-cured silicone.

Amine catalyst-free PU system reduces cockpit odor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

What’s claimed to be the first viable amine emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications has been launched by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI).

Calysta Energy, NatureWorks successfully ferment methane into lactic acid

By Karen Laird
Published: June 18th, 2014

Almost a year ago to the day, NatureWorks and Calysta Energy, a company specialized in the development of industrial products from sustainable sources, announced a multi-year collaboration to research and develop a practical, world-scale production process for fermenting methane into lactic acid, the building block for NatureWorks' trademark Ingeo PLA bioplastic. Now, a year into the R&D collaboration, Calysta has announced the achievement of an important milestone: according to the company, it has successfully fermented this abundantly available gas into lactic acid at lab scale.

Plastic bag producer Hilex Poly talks acquisition of paper bag maker

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 18th, 2014

Paper or plastic? Well, with Hilex Poly's acquisition of Duro Bag Manufacturing, a provider of paper bags, the company's answer is now both.

Dow and Ampac team up for new packaging technology

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 18th, 2014

The future of packaging looks to be pretty square, at least when it comes to design.

Dow Chemical's packaging division has partnered up with flexible packaging converter Ampac to bring a new packaging technology to North America. Ampac is now a licensee of Dow's PacXpert packaging technology and is authorized to sell the packages in North America. Ampac will produce packages enabled by PacXpert Technology and will sell the packages to their customer base under the Ampac CubePak name.

Aluminum makes its case for lightweighting in pickup trucks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

Spearheaded by the aluminum-heavy Ford F-150 pickup truck, aluminum is poised to dominate this vehicle category by 2025 according to a survey of automakers conducted by market analyst Ducker Worldwide (Troy, MI). By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America are forecast to be aluminum-bodied. The study was commissioned by The Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG).

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions touts optimized supply chain at MD&M East

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 17th, 2014

Over the course of my 16+ years covering the medical manufacturing supply chain, countless component suppliers have told me that they're not sure of the final application for which their part is being used. It's not something you're likely to hear from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Torrance, CA), unless, of course, their customer has asked them not to share any information with nosy journalists.

World's first thermoplastic composite wheel: polyetherimide/carbon fiber combination

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

Sabic, Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) and other industry partners are working to further advance the development of the world's first thermoplastic composite wheel. The wheel leverages the properties of Sabic's polyetherimide (PEI) resin and Kringlan's three-dimensional composite design capabilities to create a material solution that can be used to replace heavier traditional materials, such as metal and aluminum alloy.

Cleveland State University receives grant to expand additive manufacturing research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Cleveland State University's Washkewicz College of Engineering and Rapid Prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) have partnered in a workforce development effort, and received a $293,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents in support of the college's Workforce Development Equipment and Faculty Program in Additive Manufacturing.

RAPID 2014: A showcase for innovation and creativity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, provided an introductory overview at RAPID 2014 of all the latest and greatest in 3D printing innovations, and encouraged attendees to visit those companies exhibiting at the show to see for themselves these exciting new products.

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