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Mitsubishi Group companies to combine carbon fiber businesses

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 22nd, 2015

Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. (Tokyo) and Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) plan to integrate their carbon fiber businesses that are, respectively, pitch-based and PAN-based. The merger will take place on April 1, 2015 with the establishment of a new entity by Mitsubishi Rayon. The combined entity will have revenue estimated at over $500 million and is targeting sales of over $850 million by 2018.

Piper Plastics' metal-replacement technology named finalist in 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 18th, 2014

Piper Plastics, a supplier of plastic and metal components to a range of industries based in Chandler, AZ, has been named a finalist in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards in the Materials & Assembly: Engineering Materials category. The company is recognized for its Kyron Max technology, which combines proprietary high-pressure molding with an engineered plastic that offers mechanical properties that match and, in some cases exceed, metals.

New Balance and EOS team up for perfectly balanced athletic shoes

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 12th, 2014

New 3D-printed athletic shoes from New Balance (Boston, MA) and EOS (Krailling, Germany) have hit the ground running! Custom running shoes are perfectly suited for the individual runner because everyone's foot- strike pattern, degree of pronation (the amount a runner's foot rolls inward with each step), and braking and propulsion forces are all unique. However, the extent to which most running shoe models vary is rather limited in comparison.

Lights, camera, plastics—part 5

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 11th, 2014

Agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) settle into the iconic Egg Chair as they ponder their next move in protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe in Men in Black II from 2002.

The creation of Danish designer Henrik Thor-Larsen, the Ovalia Egg chair was an immediate sensation when it was exhibited at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair in 1968. The shiny white shell is made of glass fiber–reinforced polyester.

Lights, camera, plastics—part 6

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 11th, 2014

Classic plastic playthings abound in the Toy Story movies, but only a chosen few are members of the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY. Mr. Potato Head is among them.

Fun fact: Originally, Mr. Potato Head consisted of a set of 24 plastic facial features that were designed to be used with an actual spud. The kit did include a styrofoam head so that kids could practice their facial constructions. In 1964, the toymaker Hasbro switched to a plastic body, after "parents complained about finding moldy potatoes under their kids' beds," according to CNN.

Kraiburg expanding North American TPE production with new plant in Georgia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 10th, 2014

Construction work on a new production and administration complex for Kraiburg TPE Americas has started in Buford, Georgia. The company is investing $15 million in a new production facility for hydrogenated styrene block copolymer (HSBC) thermoplastic elastomers and an office that will form the hub of US business activities.

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore: Munich Composites

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

Munich Composites has reportedly developed the world’s first bicycle rim that can be produced without manual labor input for the fiber lay up by using braiding technology. Production can easily be scaled up to 100,000 units per year.

The first version is a tubular design. A clincher model will be available in early 2015.

Munich Composites is currently in search of a partner to ramp up production.

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore (slideshow)

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

Singapore welcomed the JEC Asia show to its shores on Nov. 17. The seventh iteration of the event hosted a multitude of new applications in the composites sector, with carbon fiber, once again, having a standout presence.

Here are some of the highlights PlasticsToday found walking across the show floor.

JEC Asia show: High-end carbon fiber market gets lower cost option

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 17th, 2014

Global demand for carbon fiber is set to grow by 17% per annum through to 2020 according to Taiwan's UHT Unitech (Taoyuan), reaching 118,600 tonnes. The company, which processes general-purpose PAN-based carbon fiber (200-250 GPa tensile modulus) using a proprietary process to improve its mechanical properties, forecasts the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) to grow at 16% annually over the same time frame, within which thermoplastic CFRP is forecast to grow at 24% per annum.

Friday Funnies: This 3D-printed machine gun shoots paper airplanes

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 13th, 2014

As has been amply reported in PlasticsToday, 3D printing is a truly remarkable technology that has had a profound impact on everything from medical manufacturing to moldmaking. But part of me wants to believe that, perhaps, its greatest and most elegant achievement is a machine gun that takes sheets of paper, folds them into airplanes, and shoots them into space.

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