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Full CFRT bodies get boost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

In 2011, Teijin (Osaka, Japan) built a four-seater concept car with a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) body structure. The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kg, merely a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world of mass production applications for carbon fiber composites..

Injection molding provider Müller helps create new IML packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Müller, the Swiss specialists for injection molding and IML automation, worked with Uniplast, a provider of PP packaging for dairy products, on the product development of the 'SKET cup.' Müller cooperated closely with the engineering department of the Knauer Group in Dettingen, the German region of Swabia. In the Engineering Center of the Knauer Group, the SKET was implemented on a Müller Multiflex Pilot Cell. The SKET application will be demonstrated at Fakuma 2014, where Müller will be at the Arburg stand (booth 3101, pavilion A3).

Aubright has room to grow with new manufacturing and warehouse facility

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 17th, 2014

Plastic fabricator Aubright, in St. Cloud, MN, doubled its manufacturing and warehousing space with the acquisition of a new 80,000-sq-ft facility next door to its existing facility.

The company supplies custom plastic fabricated components, products, and display fixtures for customers in retail and visual merchandising, manufacturing, and power sports markets.

Crowdsourced appliance design becoming a reality in GE Appliances venture FirstBuild

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 17th, 2014

FirstBuild was formed by a partnership of GE Appliances and Local Motors with the aim of creating a new product development/manufacturing model for the appliance industry. The venture is seeking to engage a community of industrial designers, scientists, engineers, appliance producers, and early adopters to address engineering challenges and innovations. FirstBuild will manufacture the designs in its Microfactory for rapid product introduction and iteration.

Foster Delivery Science expands to satisfy demand for drug-delivery polymers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Foster Delivery Science (Putnam, CT), a company that provides hot melt extrusion (HME) services for pharmaceutical and medical device applications, has broken ground on a new facility to support increased demand for drug-delivery and implant polymer blends. The facility is expected to be completed by May 1, 2015, and will be registered with FDA to allow for the processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Friedrichshafen, Germany, which shares idyllic Lake Constance with Austria and Switzerland, would seem an unlikely location for an international plastics processing event. Of course, like any town of consequence in Germany, Friedrichshafen has a fairground (or messe, in local parlance), but one might expect to find shows for model railroad enthusiasts or, given the maritime location, pleasure boats rather than Fakuma, which attracts international giants of molding, extrusion, and other plastics processing technologies; materials; auxiliary equipment; and associated processing services.

S&E Specialty Polymers raises $20,000 for a charity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Here's a 'good news' story for you. S&E Specialty Polymers, a producer of specialty plastic compounds, recently sponsored its second annual charity golf tournament on July 21, 2014 at the Sterling National Country Club in Sterling, MA in support of Life is good Playmakers, the nonprofit action arm of The Life is good Company. The annual tournament, called 'Play Fore Playmakers,' was a success and all profits from registrations, donations and sponsorships have been donated directly to the Playmakers organization.

Borealis appoints new CFO

By Karen Laird
Published: September 17th, 2014

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces the appointment of Mark J. S. Tonkens as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board effective 1 November 2014. He succeeds Daniel J. Shook who has decided to pursue career opportunities outside Borealis.

Color/additive masterbatch system deployed in compressible exterior panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 16th, 2014

Additive technologies from PolyOne Corporation (Cleveland, OH) have enabled Citroën to launch the groundbreaking Airbump exterior protective panels on the new C4 Cactus passenger car.

Milliken to launch new additive for the nucleation of HDPE at Pack Expo

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 16th, 2014

Pack Expo 2014 (Nov. 2-4; Chicago) is looking like a promising show for new products. For example, Milliken & Co. will launch a nucleator for injection molding high density polyethylene (HDPE) at Pack Expo in booth #10513. The company says the new polymer additive allows packaging manufacturers to achieve increased levels of productivity and performance and a reduction in material waste. Milliken will also showcase clear polypropylene (PP) featuring its Millad NX 8000 clarifier for thermoformed, blow molded and injection molded plastic packaging.

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