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SMEs drowning in regulatory paperwork; SPI calls for updating nation’s regulatory scheme

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 11th, 2014

While the federal government talks a good game with regard to supporting manufacturing, training skilled workers for manufacturing jobs, and applauding the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, the regulatory burden on manufacturers is becoming greater and impeding growth.

Asia-Pacific driving growth in global medtech market, says Singapore government official

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 11th, 2014

Thanks to a burgeoning middle class and growing aging population, the Asia-Pacific region is spearheading future growth in the global medtech market, said Singapore Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan in an address marking the official opening of Medical Manufacturing Asia 2014 in Singapore this week.

Nova Chemicals launches a range of new caps and closures equipment purchases and lab upgrades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2014

Nova Chemical has announced a range of new caps and closures equipment purchases and lab upgrades as part of its transformation of its Center for Performance Applications in Calgary. A new lab-scale injection molding unit is now fully commissioned and in operation. The company's Sumitomo injection molding machine and custom-built Z Molds carbonated soft drink cap mold offer the capability to manufacture commercial-grade closures. Caps made on the new molder are tested in Nova Chemicals' newly renovated onsite lab, using a suite "in-use performance" equipment.

BASF focuses on chemistry's role for a sustainable future

By Karen Laird
Published: September 10th, 2014

BASF, the world's largest chemical company, has a new slogan. The new claim - 'We create chemistry' - echoes the company's,  "We create chemistry" strategy, which was announced in 2011. "Since we launched this strategy, BASF has been increasingly focusing on offering its customers functionalized products and solutions based on chemistry as a clever combination of compounds," explained Kurt Bock, chairman of the board of executive directors of BASF. "It is therefore the right time to make the next step and move from 'the chemical company' to 'We create chemistry.'"

GE agrees to sell appliances business to Electrolux AB for $3.3 billion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2014

GE announced Monday that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its appliances business to Sweden-based appliance maker Electrolux AB for $3.3 billion. As part of the transaction, GE has entered into a long-term agreement with Electrolux to continue use of the GE Appliances brand. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of GE and Electrolux and remains subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and it targeted to close in 2015.

DME adds six sales managers to support growing operations in Queretaro, Mexico

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2014

DME's continued and growing demand for its mold technologies resources, including its comprehensive product line of mold bases and components, hot runner systems, control systems and moldmaking and molding supplies, has resulted in the company adding six sales managers to support its new operations in Queretaro, Mexico. The company established a permanent engineering facility and parts warehouse there earlier this year within Milacron's integrated High Impact Technology Center, and continues to increase its product inventory levels to satisfy customer demand.

Fifty years on, Evco Plastics sees continued growth in medical molding

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 10th, 2014

As we reported last month, Evco Plastics celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Over the course of 50 years, the company has grown from a 1200-sq-ft building in DeForest, WI, to a thriving contract molding enterprise with nine facilities in the United States, Mexico, and China.

Engel to debut processing expertise at Composites Europe 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2014

Injection machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) is presenting its expertise in lightweight composite technologies at the Composites Europe trade fair, which takes place from 7th to 9th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. At Engel's center for lightweight composite technologies, the company co-operates with partner enterprises on developing economical processes for serial production of innovative carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components.

High-strength flax-reinforced biocomposite boasts modulus greater than 6 Gpa

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 9th, 2014

Plastics processors are experiencing increased pressure to use sustainable or renewable thermoplastic materials. In automotive applications and in other applications, one method to meet this challenge has been to use polyolefins filled with short natural fibers for parts that are "not mechanically demanding." Unfortunately, so far, there have been no sustainable or 100% natural biocomposites for performance applications with high mechanical demand according to two organizations that claim to have solved this challenge.

Toshiba Machine opens first service center in Mexico to offer local support

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Toshiba Machine Company America, a major supplier of electric, hydraulic and hybrid injection molding machines, die casting machines and machine tools, has opened their first service center in Mexico. Located in Puerto Interior, Silao, Guanajuato, the new facility will offer local service and support to injection molding and die casting customers throughout the country.

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