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BMW: carbon fiber for affordable lightweight vehicle design?

By Karen Laird
Published: April 4th, 2014

Mannheim, Germany - The inescapable theme at this year's Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference, organized by the Association of German Engineers, was lightweighting, and the buzz word was carbon fiber. With good cause.

Lindal's Carla actuator chosen for UK relaunch of Soft & Gentle deodorants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2014

Aerosol packaging technology giant Lindal Group (Hamburg, Germany) has announced that its Carla actuator has been selected for a major relaunch of the Soft & Gentle line of women's antiperspirants in the United Kingdom.

The popular off-the-shelf Carla actuator is designed for ease of customization to ensure brand differentiation, says Lindal. It is used in a range of personal care and cosmetic products, as well as household and pharmaceutical applications.

Plastic functions as electric car enabler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The BMW i3 electric vehicle employs several innovative components enabled by plastics. These include the backrests of the front seats, key reinforcement parts in the carbon fiber composite body, and the rear seat shell.

Ensinger's extrusion trials with medical-grade Ultem a clear success

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The discoloration and brittleness of materials following sterilization have long been bugaboos of medical device design engineers. A remedy exists. Ensinger North America (Washington, PA), which supplies plastic stock shapes to the medical sector, recently began a series of successful extrusion trials using Ultem HU1004, a medical-grade polyetherimide, from Sabic Innovative Plastics. The material was deemed to have significant advantages over competitive products in third-party tests conducted on behalf of Sabic.

New closure lining system combines throughput and flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Italian maker of molds and assembly systems for thermoplastic products Gefit S.p.A. (Alessandria) has introduced a closure lining machine that can cut and assemble as many as 200 liners per minute. Closures in a range of dimensions can be processed flexibly and precisely.

The fully electric unit can process closures in diameters ranging from 18 to 130 mm, with changeovers taking no longer than 20 minutes. The programmable unit is equipped with separate brushless motors for cutting and tearing operations.

Brazil finds plastics quite attractive

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Not every day you associate plastics with 'pretty' but a new study from Canadean claims that Brazilians favor plastic over any other material for their health and beauty product packaging. 

Slow growth for plastic film recycling in 2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The recycling of postconsumer film packaging exceeded one billion pounds in 2012, however, that just amounts to an increase of one percent over 2011. Recovery data in the report, 2012 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report, is based on surveys from 21 U.S. and Canadian processors and 39 exporters. 

Feelin’ groovy? The Street Shark bionic surface reduces drag, enhances car performance

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Mannheim, Germany — Shark skin, which has a special, grooved microstructure that reduces flow resistance, thus allowing sharks to move swiftly and efficiently through the water, has long been admired by engineers. Now, in a collaborative project with four other companies, Frimo, the Germany-based provider of system solutions for the manufacture of plastic components, has produced an artificial shark skin surface texture that works the same way - but on land for cars.

March manufacturing improves slightly

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The March Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 53.7%, an increase of 0.5% from February's reading of 53.2%, indicating expansion in manufacturing.

Fighting fake resin; the cost of conforming

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 2nd, 2014

The recent discovery of use of counterfeit polyamide resin in a key component molded in China for Aston Martin sports cars may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to such practices but it's not the case that all processors in China can't be trusted. There are honest molders out there going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their operations are completely above-board.

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