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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.

EVA-based Crosskix shoes out to give Crocs a run for their money

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 25th, 2014

Does the world need another line of EVA-based shoes? Eric Saligumba thinks so. He is the founder of Crosskix (Portland, OR), which makes shoes out of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), the same type of material used by Crocs and Native Shoes. His edge is that he uses four molds instead of just one to fabricate his shoes, imparting flexibility that is woefully absent from his competitors' footwear.

Nike, DuPont bring core improvement to golfing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 20th, 2014

With golf balls, as with physical exercise, you've got to focus on the core to get meaningful results. That's how Nike and DuPont developed what they are calling a revolutionary advance in designing a golf ball that goes the distance yet provides good control around the green.

Quantum Composites launches first hybrid carbon fiber material

By PlasticsToday Staff
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. 

3D printing makes mark at the Sochi Paralympics

By Norbert Sparrow
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.

Toward a green future – what’s trending in biobased plastics?

By Karen Laird
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.

Global Plastics Issue: Brazil’s home field advantage

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Printing on plastic has never been easy – but look at it now.

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Citadel talks growth through acquisition strategy

By Heather Caliendo
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.

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