U.S. made hybrid styrenic-olefinic foam offers enhanced temperature stability, compressive strength

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2015

Sekisui Plastics USA (Mt. Pleasant, TN) has introduced a new grade of Piocelan moldable foam resin. A hybrid of styrenic and olefin components, Piocelan T incorporates a higher heat olefin component than previous grades, offering increased elevated temperature stability along with higher compressive, flexural and tensile strength. The foam is reportedly engineered to meet the stringent flammability requirements for automotive interior parts.

Milacron files for IPO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 5th, 2015

Following a high-visibility run at NPE2015, where it showcased a newly integrated product portfolio, Milacron (Cincinnati, OH) announced on April 3 that it has filed a Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering (IPO).

Engineering resins? Asaclean purging compounds can take the heat

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, when Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals introduced the Asaclean purging compound for molders and extruders, it earned numerous accolades for its technology, which is now sold in more than 60 countries. The company hasn't rested on its laurels, as Joe Galluci explained to PlasticsToday from the company's booth at NPE2015. Galluci is National Sales Manager for Sun Plastech Inc. (Parsippany, NJ), a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei that manufactures and distributes the purging compound.

Medical-grade PP now available from Interstate Plastics for orthopedic applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Interstate Plastics (Sacramento, CA) has announced the availability of medical-grade Propylux HS, a heat-stabilized polypropylene (PP) rod used primarily in orthopedic applications.
  
Propylux HS PP rods, designed and manufactured by extruder and compression molder Westlake Plastics (Lenni, PA ), are biocompatible and chemically resistant materials.
 

New app provides mobile platform for scientific molding

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Back in the 1990s, when injection molding expert Suhas Kulkarni encountered the principles of scientific molding for the first time, he became an immediate convert. Kulkarni, who graduated in the early nineties from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, with a master's in plastics engineering, was just starting out in his new job, and was told he would be responsible for implementing the technology as a standard across the company.

Technology for upcycling waste oil into PHA earns 2015 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Suzhou Hydal Biotech, an EU-China joint venture that has developed the first and only industrial technology for production of PHA biopolymers that uses waste cooking oil, is the recipient of this year's Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that significantly affect both the functionality and customer value of new products and applications.

Milacron unveils integrated product portfolio at NPE2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2015

When you think hot-runner systems, think Milacron. When you think mold components, think Milacron. That is Milacron's new strategy for integrating its products under the umbrella of Milacron. Whether it's injection, extrusion, blow molding, mold technologies, process control systems or hot-runner systems, think Milacron. Milacron is bringing these technologies together under a unified brand that reflects the company's transformation into the industry's most comprehensive integrated plastics solutions provider.

Global bioplastic packaging materials market forecast to surge between 2015 and 2019

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Analysis from Technavio (London) predicts that the global bioplastic packaging materials market will grow at a 23% compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2019.

According to the report, the demand for bioplastics is expected to surge during the forecast period because of an increased need for eco-friendly packaging. Increased awareness of the benefits of bioplastic packaging among end users is propelling growth.

Dichotomy exists between plastics industry and overall manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2015

While we were excitedly trolling the aisles of NPE2015, agog at the amazing machinery and molds churning out plastic parts and companies showcasing their latest and greatest technology, the overall manufacturing economy was in the doldrums.

GriffsNotes: Six NPE2015 business resources to use now (even if you didn't attend the show)

By Allan Griff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Trade shows such as NPE2015 are not just spectacular events, like an eclipse or comet, that show up for a brief moment and then disappear. On the contrary, they have echoes. Exhibitors prepare for them, printing brochures and priming their sales force, so that even after the last machine is re-crated and sent off to its new owner, and the last box of giveaways is packed (or recycled), the echoes remain. Here is some advice on how to hear those echoes and make the most of them.

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