Toys & sporting goods

Styrolution adds three new grades to its Zylar portfolio

By Karen Laird
Published: July 30th, 2014

Styrenics giant Styrolution has launched three new products in its Zylar range of transparent impact modified methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymers. Characterized by water clear transparency, high flowability, good chemical resistance and customizable toughness, the new grades further expand the existing Zylar portfolio, which ranges from the extremely impact resistant Zylar 960 to the medium-impact grades Zylar 550 and now also Zylar 650.

After FitBit recalled a million wearable devices, suppliers are certifying materials to skin-contact standards

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 1st, 2014

Research firm IHS expects annual shipments of all types of wearable electronic devices to reach 56 million units by 2018. In fact, it expects the global market for just the batteries that go into wearable electronics to grow tenfold in four years.

World Cup players get duffel bags showcasing Nike's 3D printing of parts

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 27th, 2014

In early 2013, Nike launched its Vapor Laser Talon soccer cleat with a 3D printed plate.  While 3D printing had been used throughout the industry for rapid prototyping for years, the Vapor Laser Talon was the first athletic shoe using a production 3D-printed component.

Zylon helmet strip proves its worth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

By Tim Somheil
Published: May 21st, 2014

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe described the features of his Arai-made racing helmet in a short video for Autoweek, which made its way onto YouTube in April 2014. This helmet has highly sophisticated features, including what Hinchcliffe called an "eject system" that incorporates an inflatable plastic bag inside the helmet. The bag can be filled using an external helmet nozzle to lift the helmet off the driver's head from the inside, making it an ideal way to get the helmet off of a driver suspected of having a neck injury.

Belgium set to make some noise at World Cup, just maybe not on the pitch

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 16th, 2014

I'm not about to predict how far Belgium will advance in the World Cup in Brazil next month, but the country could be making a lot of noise in the bleachers. The Belgian-designed diabolica might be the noisemaker of the 2014 games, if the manufacturer's claims of a "flood of orders coming from all over the world" are to be believed.

BASF doubles production capacity of phthalate-free plasticizer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2014

Chemicals giant BASF announced today that it has doubled capacity of its phthalate-free plasticizer Hexamoll DINCH from 100,000 to 200,000 metric tons per year at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The second Hexamoll DINCH plant will enable BASF to satisfy growing customer demand and strengthen supply security worldwide while continuing to ensure consistently high quality, the company said in a press release. The expanded capacity is available immediately.

Chinaplas: Haitian ships record number of machines in 2013; 27%-plus global market share

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 5th, 2014

Shanghai, China-China's and indeed the world's largest injection molding machine builder, Haitian International (Ningbo), announced record unit shipments of around 27,000 presses in 2013, which depending on what source you rely in corresponds to a global market share of the order of 27¬-32%. Shipments far exceeded the previous year's figure of 22,000 units.

Remember the vuvuzela? Meet the caxirola

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 5th, 2014

Apparently somebody thought that the vuvuzela, which provided the droning soundtrack to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was not an entirely bad idea. That is how the 2014 edition of the planet's greatest sporting event got the caxirola.

Smith & Wesson vertically integrates injection molding company

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Deep River Plastics LLC, a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Smith & Wesson, will purchase substantially all of the net assets of Tri Town Precision Plastics Inc. (TTPP), a provider of custom injection molding services, rapid prototyping, and tooling, and a key polymer supplier to Smith & Wesson. The transaction is expected to close around May 5, 2014, subject to certain conditions.

Production efficiency holds center stage at Arburg Technology Days 2014

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

Lossburg, Germany—Production efficiency can help companies gain a competitive edge and: "this is how we help our customers," said Arburg's Managing Director Sales Helmut Heinson at the press conference held at the start of the annual Technology Days at the company's headquarters in the Black Forest town of Lossburg.

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