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Genomatica targets biobased nylon intermediates in third development program

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2014

Genomatica today revealed that major nylon intermediates are the focus of its third publicly-disclosed development program. The aim of the nylon intermediates program is to deliver biobased processes for the production of the nylon building blocks hexamethylenediamine, caprolactam and adipic acid (HMD, CPL and ADA). These three chemicals, with a total market of over $18 billion per year, are used primarily in the production PA 6 and PA 6,6.

EU phthalate flap pushes industry to innovate

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2014

When in 2012, Denmark announced plans to ban DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP phthalates; the industry was caught by surprise.

It was a move that was, at the time, by many viewed as a political stunt. Ole Grøndahl Hansen, director of the PVC Information Council Denmark, pointed out that the consumption of the phthalates in question, known as 'low phthalates,' were already declining fast and 'were on their way out in the EU.' "So why make this noise? It's annoying," he said.

Singapore company brings 3D bioprinting to the masses

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 5th, 2014

Singapore-based Bio3D Technologies has introduced what it describes as an affordable 3D printer that is capable of printing with biological and synthetic materials. For example, researchers—or, one day, DIY enthusiasts—could print cell-infused scaffolds using a machine that can be leased for as little as $2390, according to 3DPrint.com. If the company's claims are accurate, the Life Printer X is, indeed, a revolutionary device.

HASCO introduces new products for better molds

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

The new HASCO thermal insulating sheets Z1215 for external insulation prevent heat from escaping from heated injection and compression molds. They have been specially developed for molds that are subject to a high level of thermal stress.

HASCO Worldwide celebrates 90th anniversary with ride of a lifetime

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

HASCO Worldwide, a manufacturer of precision mold components, is celebrating 90 years in business with an open house at HASCO America Inc. in Fletcher, NC. HASCO, headquartered in Germany, manufactures mold bases, mold components, and hot runner systems to serve mold makers globally.

The open house will be held Friday, September 12, at 2 PM with a facility tour and technical presentations, and will allow visitors to see the company's newest components, as well as meet the people of HASCO America. Food and beverages also will be served.

Combined moldmaking and injection molding puts Portuguese company on medtech map

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 4th, 2014

Portugal has a storied moldmaking tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when companies in the town of Marinha Grande, about 95 miles north of Lisbon, started manufacturing molds for glassware rather than importing them. After World War II, plastic injection molds gained a foothold and, with the inevitable ups and downs, that has continued ever since. Automotive OEMs have been reliable customers; medical device manufacturers, not so much. Muroplás, located in Muro-Trofa, about 130 miles north of Marinha Grande, is the exception that proves the rule.

Lubrizol acquires medtech supplier Vesta

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Specialty chemicals company Lubrizol Corp. (Wickliffe, OH), part of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio since 2012, has acquired Vesta Funding Inc., an ISO 13485–certified medical device contract manufacturer. Vesta was purchased by private equity firm RoundTable Healthcare Partners in 2007.

Vesta provides silicone molding, silicone extrusion, thermoplastic extrusion, tight tolerance silicone sheeting, and medical device assembly services.

The purchase further expands Lubrizol's reach into the healthcare field.

Automation Alley partners with Tata Technologies to offer affordable product lifecycle management classes

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, is partnering with Tata Technologies to offer a broad scope of affordable product lifecycle management (PLM) classes that cover both fundamental and advanced topics. Classes include training in AutoCAD, CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, and NX, and will be offered both at the Automation Alley Product Lifecycle Management Center at SmartZone Business Accelerator OU Inc. in Rochester, MI, and Tata Technologies in Novi, MI.

Nanocomposites in a nutshell

By Karen Laird
Published: August 4th, 2014

Biocomposites and nanotechnology are two areas drawing attention today from researchers and the industry alike. In Iran, researchers from, among others, Isfahan University of Technology have combined the two to produce a new kind of nanocomposite, based on pistachio shell, an agro-waste that has high tensile strength. 
The wood-plastic nanocomposite can be used in the building industry, and it is resistant to humidity, loss of color and various types of fungi and insects.

New EPS recycling facility opens in Indianapolis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI) has opened a new recycling facility in Indianapolis, IN dedicated to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country.

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