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Available materials limit vast medical potential of 3D printing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 27th, 2014

The medical applications of 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing, were a hot topic on day one of BIOMEDevice Boston, reports Chris Newmarker, Senior Editor at sister brands MPMN and QMED.

Invista starts work on China polyamide project

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Invista (Wichita, KS) has started construction of a 150,000-tonnes/year polyamide (PA) 66 plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. The company is also constructing a  hexamethylene diamine (HMD) monomer plant there. The polymer and monomer plants are expected to start up in 2015.

Garlock Printing & Converting picks Reno for new plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Massachusetts-based Garlock Printing is opening operations in Reno, Nevada. The new facility will house a host of equipment, including a Novoflex CM 10, the company's first investment in W&H machinery.

Due to a bi-coastal customer base, Garlock decided to have both East and West Coast facilities. Garlock said Reno proved attractive for a handful of reasons, namely tax benefits (proximity to California without the taxes) and easy access to customers in the Northwest and Southwest. The Reno operation will offer the same products and services as in Massachusetts.

Smith & Wesson vertically integrates injection molding company

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Deep River Plastics LLC, a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Smith & Wesson, will purchase substantially all of the net assets of Tri Town Precision Plastics Inc. (TTPP), a provider of custom injection molding services, rapid prototyping, and tooling, and a key polymer supplier to Smith & Wesson. The transaction is expected to close around May 5, 2014, subject to certain conditions.

IBM showcases digital health à la française

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 26th, 2014

Our LinkedIn friends at MEDTEC France recently shared an article published by L'Usine Digitale on how IBM France is inventing e-health. If you're fluent in French, it's worth a a few minutes of your time.

Dallas passes partial plastic bag ban

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 26th, 2014

List Dallas under the latest city to pass a plastic bag tax. By a vote of 8-6 the Dallas City Council passed the "environmental fee ordinance," which bans single-use carryout bags at all city facilities and events while still allowing retailers to use plastic and paper bags, according to the Dallas Morning News

Production efficiency holds center stage at Arburg Technology Days 2014

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

Lossburg, Germany—Production efficiency can help companies gain a competitive edge and: "this is how we help our customers," said Arburg's Managing Director Sales Helmut Heinson at the press conference held at the start of the annual Technology Days at the company's headquarters in the Black Forest town of Lossburg.

BMW adds Engel machines in Germany

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2014

Engel Austria (Schwertberg, Austria) has scored another contract to supply system solutions to BMW's Leipzig factory, where ENGEL duo injection moulding machines are already used to manufacture car body shell components for the BMW i3 electric vehicle. Production of the vehicle commenced in 2013.

Price fixing among vehicle parts suppliers is an ongoing concern

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 25th, 2014

In 2011, the first charges were filed against vehicle parts suppliers in a price-fixing scheme affecting $5 billion in parts sold to U.S. vehicle makers. In September 2013, nine Japan-based firms and two executives agreed to plead guilty and pay fines. In all, some 23 U.S. companies and 26 executives were caught up in the price-fixing scheme and have agreed to pay more than $1.8 billion in criminal fines.

Smart cap for insulin pens tries to crack U.S. market via crowdfunding campaign

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 25th, 2014

It's well known that medical devices get to market, on average, two years faster in the European Union than in the United States. The device lag, as it is known, is one of the main reasons why so many medical device manufacturers have adopted a "Europe first" strategy when marketing a new device. The approval process in the United States also is quite onerous. It's a hurdle that UK-based Timesulin, which has developed a smart cap for insulin pens sold in 40 countries, has yet to clear.

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