Bio-based EPDM elastomer targets fluid applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Responding to increasingly stringent emissions standards and the push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) elastomer compound based on sugarcane feedstock.

LSR leverages Solidscape's 3D printing process to cut costs, time for urethane castings

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Prototyping is a critical part of the product development process for industrial design firms. And thanks to 3D printing, that process has been made much faster and easier. LSR Design Studio, an industrial design company that enables advanced wireless technology platforms with product design, from inception through manufacturing, knows the value of 3D printing for rapid prototyping.

Evonik develops functional polymer design for safe food packaging

By Karen Laird
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Evonik Industries has developed two new members of its Dynapol family of medium- and high-molecular-weight polyesters for packaging and coil coatings. Used in interior coatings, the two new Dynapol high-molecular polyesters, Dynapol L 907 and Dynapol L 914, provide high media stability and protective characteristics. The company claims that the polymers yielded the best results in sterilization tests with coated metal test specimens with spicy and highly staining foods.

French Tier 1 expands footprint in China

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2015

With 22 million vehicles manufactured in 2014 alone, China is the leading global automotive market, accounting for approximately one-quarter of global automobile production worldwide. The country is also forecast to account for almost half of automotive market growth over the next four years in other word 6.5 million additional cars produced in China by 2018, against a total of 14 million additional cars manufactured worldwide. In addition, environmental standards are coming into force in the country, the aim being to reduce carbon emissions.

Investment in polymer production urged by European plastics packaging organizations

By Karen Laird
Published: April 22nd, 2015

As the supply situation for a range of plastic raw materials continues to worsen in Europe, the four largest national organizations representing the plastics packaging industry in Europe, Elipso (France), IK (Germany), BPF and PAFA (UK) have called on polymer producers to invest more in European polymer production facilities.

Massive Engel vertical machine to assist VW in functionally integrated composites initiative

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2015

A v-duo 3600 vertical clamping dual injection unit molding machine is currently being built by Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at its large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria that will be shipped to the Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V. association in Wolfsburg, Germany to support research into functionally integrated composite technologies. Engel is a founder member and sponsor of the research centre initiated by Volkswagen in 2012 and supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Wood-plastic composite decking from MoistureShield spotlighted on NBC's "Today"

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 21st, 2015

Wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking from MoistureShield, a recycler and developer of WPC for decking, railing and trim located in Springdale, AR, was in the spotlight on NBC's "Today" show on April 13. The company's composite decking was showcased by Jamie Durie, home improvement expert and star of the FYI network's "Outback Nation."

Nanotube film cures large thermoset composites; energy consumption slashed by 99 percent

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2015

Thermoset composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large autoclaves, with multiple polymer resin are heated with temperatures up to 750°F, and cured to form a solid, resilient material. Using this approach, considerable energy is required first to heat the oven, then the gas around it, and finally the actual composite.

Antimicrobial technology for emergency medical care units outperforms hospital standard

By Karen Laird
Published: April 21st, 2015

The emergency medical care units and semi-permanent hospitals of the type that were erected immediately after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines were constructed from an innovative wood fiber composite developed by Netherlands-based Aviplast WFC/Deltawood (Rijssen). The product, which consists of 75% wood fibers from recycled waste or rest wood in combination with 25% plastic (PP) resin, is produced by means of an internationally patented pushtrusion technology.

Lego expands Czech production facility

By Karen Laird
Published: April 21st, 2015

The growth of the Lego Group in recent years and its strategy to locate production close to its core markets have led to a further expansion of the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic, one of four Lego manufacturing sites around the world. The new production building covering 50,000 square meters was inaugurated on April 16, 2015.

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