Toys & sporting goods
Published: February 19th, 2014
Quantum Composites, a business unit of The Composites Group, recently introduced its first hybrid carbon fiber material, an alternative for traditional fiberglass and metal applications in the automotive, heavy truck, medical, sporting goods and industrial markets.
Published: January 30th, 2014
A staple of the winter Olympics, the biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Mastering both of those disciplines sufficiently to compete at an international level is no mean feat. Achieving that while living with spina bifida is truly remarkable. Despite his condition, German athlete Martin Fleig started practicing this sport at age 9. Although he was "initially disheartened," his mother encouraged him to keep at it. Now 24, Fleig is headed for Sochi, Russia, where he will compete in the 2014 Paralympic Games.
Published: December 23rd, 2013
Once again, it's that time of year when everyone gets out their crystal balls for a look into the future, hazarding a conjecture or two on how next year will shape up in terms of trends and developments, novelties and innovations. And it's always a rewarding exercise when talking about a fast-growing sector like that of bioplastics.
So, here it goes.
Published: December 20th, 2013
All eyes will be on Brazil for the next three years, as it hosts two of the world's premier sporting events: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Will Brazil be ready? If it is, plastics will have played a key role.
Published: December 17th, 2013
There are lots of ways to decorate plastic products that include hot stamping, in-mold decals/labels, screen printing and even hand painting. For thermoformers, decorating large parts just got a whole lot easier using the new VUTEk GS Pro-TF thermoforming system, a UV printer and ink technology that advances the industry's analog-to-digital transformation by bringing inkjet printing to the thermoformed product decoration market.
Published: December 12th, 2013
Earlier this week, Citadel Plastics Holdings, a compounder of thermoplastics and thermoset resins, completed the acquisition of Lucent Polymers, a supplier of engineered compounds.
This acquisition marked the seventh plastics-related acquisition for Citadel since 2007 and is the 31st acquisition for HGGC, a private equity firm with a controlling interest in Citadel.
Published: November 27th, 2013
This spring, BASF, already the largest global producer of BDO, announced that it would begin production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock using Genomatica's patented one-step dextrose-based fermentation process. Six months following that announcement, and well on schedule BASF, revealed that it produced its first commercial volumes of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw material.
Published: November 4th, 2013
TechnoPales, a new masterbatch from Ampacet, present chalky pastel hues to provide a new color presence in packaging and consumer goods.
Published: September 27th, 2013
Huntsman Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT) has opened its Asia Pacific Technology Center (ATC) in Shanghai's Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone. Huntsman is a supplier of various thermosetting resin systems for use in composites and adhesives based on chemistries such as epoxy and polyurethane. Markets served include aerospace, automotive, marine, sports and leisure, and wind energy.
Published: September 23rd, 2013
The Perstorp Group will be presenting what's described as an innovative new general-purpose plasticizer developed specifically for sensitive close-to-consumer applications. Called Pevalen, the plasticizer is based on a polyolester chemistry.