NPE 2015: Automotive lightweighting highlighted at Lanxess booth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2015

Visitors to NPE with an interest in the auto sector might want to head down to the Lanxess booth (S22139) to learn more about how the materials supplier can assist in achieving lightweighting objectives in vehicles.

Arburg's Eugen Hehl inducted into Plastics Hall of Fame

By Karen Laird
Published: March 23rd, 2015

During a ceremony held on March 22 during a gala event on the eve of the opening of NPE2015, Eugen Hehl, currently Senior Partner at Arburg, was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. Hehl, who together with his late brother Karl Hehl made Arburg into a global leader in injection molding machines, received the honor for his life's work together with seven other men and one woman.

NPE2015 second largest U.S. trade show by square footage

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 23rd, 2015

Despite the early hour—7 AM—the mood was jubilant among SPI and NPE officials at the press breakfast on opening day of NPE2015. And why shouldn't it be? "NPE2015 is the most successful NPE in the 69-year history of the show," said William Carteaux, President and CEO of SPI, which founded the event in 1946. At this time, it is the second largest trade show in the United States by square footage, trailing only the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

NPE 2015: High-temperature polyamide replaces rubber in brake booster lines

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 23rd, 2015

Evonik (S23093) is presenting its new Vestamid DX9360 grade, a polyamide extrusion compound for tubing systems that has the potential to significantly extend the lifetime of engine lines, at NPE 2015. The resin is the first of a new family of high-temperature resins from Evonik.

NPE 2015: German firm develops one-step process for honeycomb sandwich materials

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 22nd, 2015

The manufacture of honeycomb cores has to date been complex, entailing diverse individual steps which made the products more expensive. Each layer of the honeycomb had to be manufactured individually and subsequently joined together to form panels. At German company Thermhex Waben GmbH, however, all of this can be done in a single step. Thermhex Waben's parent company EconCore (Leuven, Belgium) is exhibiting at NPE at booth S20166.

Engine cover molded from polyurethane integral foam in single shot

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2015

BASF has now developed a flexible polyurethane (PU) integral foam that can be used to produce lightweight engine coverings using a single-shot process. The so-called soft cover, made from Elastofoam I 4603, is manufactured by Austrian company Polytec Car Styling and fitted as standard in various car models with petrol engines made by Volvo.

SXSW amps up medtech connection

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 22nd, 2015

What do Iggy Azalea, Furious 7 and medtech innovation have in common? Answer: They were all featured at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX.

SXSW started in 1987 as a showcase for the local music scene. Since then, it has mushroomed into a massive event that touches on all aspects of alternative culture. How an Australian self-proclaimed rapper and the latest installment in a tentpole movie franchise fit into this schematic, I will leave to other cultural chroniclers to sort out. Let's talk medtech, shall we?

Multishot silicone processing system gives medtech designers new template

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2015

Liquid injection molding company Silcotech (Bolton, ON, Canada) has developed what it calls a "step change in liquid silicone rubber (LSR) processing" in collaboration with Dow Corning (Midland, MI). Using the Dow Corning QP1 silicone elastomer product family, Silcotech has created a multishot processing system that is capable of simultaneously molding nine discreet substrates or shapes in a range of durometers, textures and colors.

Acquisition of Citadel Plastics puts A. Schulman in premier league, says CEO

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 21st, 2015

A. Schulman Inc. (Fair Lawn, OH), an international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders and resins, announced on March 23 that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of privately held Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. (Chicago, IL), a portfolio company of private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, for $800 million.

Amcor's lightweight hot-fill PET bottle wins WorldStar packaging award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2015

Amcor Rigid Plastics (Ann Arbor, MI), one of the leading global manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and healthcare industries, has been recognized by the WorldStar 2015 Packaging Awards Competition, the global packaging industry's most prestigious award competition sponsored by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Amcor captured a beverage award for the development of the industry's lightest heat-set polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container, designed exclusively for a leading beverage supplier.

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