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Carbon fiber from lignin for cost-effective advanced composites

By Karen Laird
Published: June 13th, 2014

It may sound like something straight out of Rumpelstiltskin, but in Sweden, they're serious: two research institutes have joined forces to develop and market carbon fiber that is spun from trees. 

Innventia, a research institute focusing on innovations based on forest raw materials and Swerea SICOMP, one of Europe's leading research institutes in the field of polymer fiber composites, have announced a road map for the project, the target of which is to have the new product ready for market by 2025.

Wittmann Battenfeld USA: Customers want ‘one-stop shopping'

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 13th, 2014

While it can be difficult to pinpoint the No. 1 trend in the plastics industry, Wittmann Battenfeld believes that 'one-stop shopping' is at the top of the list.  

Gas-assisted injection molding slashes weight of tubular cooling system

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 13th, 2014

Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin is being employed in a gas-assisted injection molding process to reduce weight and costs of tubular cooling system parts for automotive engines. The Fortron material is supplied by Celanese Corporation (Irving, TX) is and molded by  IVP Plastics (Washington, IL).

Elon Musk: Tesla electric vehicle patents belong to all

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 12th, 2014

The open source movement is normally associated with software development but the electric vehicle segment of the auto industry could now get a significant boost through the decision of entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of high-performance electric vehicle manufacture Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) to open up the company’s bank of patents to one and all.

World Cup teams to wear plastic bottles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 12th, 2014

As you relax on your couch or in your local bar watching the various World Cup games, be sure to pay close attention to some of the kits (aka uniforms) to see a cool usage of recycled plastic bottles.

Clear Lam's PrimaPak package recognized with AmeriStar award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 12th, 2014

During the recently concluded EastPack, the Institute of Packaging Professionals honored the 2014 AmeriStar winners. One of the winners was a package PlasticsToday has covered since its launch, the PrimaPak package from Clear Lam Packaging.

"It's not a stand-up pouch or a rigid container; it's something in between," Roman Forowycz, chief marketing officer for Clear Lam, told PlasticsToday at last year's Pack Expo.

World Association Plastics Packaging for Dangerous Goods ICPP elects new president

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 12th, 2014

At its general assembly in May, the ICPP International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers unanimously elected Jerry Geyer as president by the delegates from Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

Carbon dioxide boosts plastics' environmental credentials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 11th, 2014

Carbon dioxide (CO2) can help processors save on cycle times as well as clean molded parts without solvents. Gas giant Linde (Murray Hill, NJ)  will present details on such technologies at the Innovation and Emerging Plastics Technologies Conference to be hosted by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in Erie, PA, June 18-19.

Medical Design Excellence Awards 2014: And the gold goes to . . .

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 11th, 2014

Bronze, silver, and gold winners in the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Awards were announced during a reception on June 11 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing conference and exhibition in New York City. The recipients of gold awards are featured in this slide show.

Changing of the guard at Mack Molding: 40-year plastics veteran Ray Burns retires

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 11th, 2014

After four decades in the plastics industry, Ray Burns, President, Mack Molding, Southern Div., is calling it a day. Mack announced that he will be retiring effective September 1, 2014. Bryan Campbell, who has been managing the plant at the company's headquarters in Arlington, VT, will fill his position. The company made the announcement at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East conference and exhibition in New York City.

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