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Aluminum makes its case for lightweighting in pickup trucks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

Spearheaded by the aluminum-heavy Ford F-150 pickup truck, aluminum is poised to dominate this vehicle category by 2025 according to a survey of automakers conducted by market analyst Ducker Worldwide (Troy, MI). By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America are forecast to be aluminum-bodied. The study was commissioned by The Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG).

Resin pricing: Gains seen for some LLDPE film grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

The spot resin markets continued cool for the first part of the week (June 9-13), but then activity heated up, particularly for polyethylene film grades, according to The Plastics Exchange. Prices for most PE commodity resins were steady, although strong processor demand for LLDPE, amid limited supply, lifted those prices by as much as $.02/lb, depending on grade. PE producers have consistently resisted the call for price relief and June contracts will likely roll over once again.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions touts optimized supply chain at MD&M East

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 17th, 2014

Over the course of my 16+ years covering the medical manufacturing supply chain, countless component suppliers have told me that they're not sure of the final application for which their part is being used. It's not something you're likely to hear from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Torrance, CA), unless, of course, their customer has asked them not to share any information with nosy journalists.

HTI Plastics installs molding press to produce natural gas fuel cells

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

HTI Plastics has installed the largest plastics injection molding press in its history, featuring the capability of manufacturing large, thin-walled parts. The Krauss Maffei high-speed precision molding press will be used initially to manufacture natural gas fuel cells.

StackTeck expands capacity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 17th, 2014

With manufacturing picking up in North America, many mold manufacturers are seeing a busy 2014, and the need to maintain short lead times. StackTeck, a mold manufacturer with operations in Ontario, Canada and a sales office in Mexico, announced that the company has made investments in new equipment to increase capacity and improve lead times.

EFESTO and RPM Innovations announce global strategic partnership in metal 3D printing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 17th, 2014

EFESTO LLC is a rapidly growing enterprise committed to engineering an industrial revolution in the field of 3D printing of metals and metal composites. Formed under Vania Services LLC, which specializes in delivering additive manufacturing solutions to the global marketplace, the primary technology currently being implemented at EFESTO is 3D metal printing with Laser Metal Deposition (LMD).

KraussMaffei delivers high-end multicomponent machine to French market

By Karen Laird
Published: June 17th, 2014

KraussMaffei received a milestone order in the French market when the France-based Texen Group (Groupe Texen), one of the largest global manufacturers of plastic packaging for cosmetic and perfume products, decided to switch to a KraussMaffei machine. "Texen was looking for a partner who could deliver an injection molding machine with outstanding application flexibility," explained Jacques Socquet, president of the subsidiary of the KraussMaffei Group in France. KraussMaffei was happy to comply.

Medtronic-Covidien deal: Medtech follows lead of technology companies seeking offshore tax breaks

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 17th, 2014

Irish and shareholder eyes may be smiling at the prospect of medtech giant Medtronic acquiring Covidien and moving its headquarters to Ireland, where Covidien is based, but the $42.9 billion deal is causing at least a few frowns, as well. Minneapolis-based Medtronic is the largest U.S. company to try to change its tax domicile through what the financial community calls an inversion, reports the New York Times.

World's first thermoplastic composite wheel: polyetherimide/carbon fiber combination

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

Sabic, Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) and other industry partners are working to further advance the development of the world's first thermoplastic composite wheel. The wheel leverages the properties of Sabic's polyetherimide (PEI) resin and Kringlan's three-dimensional composite design capabilities to create a material solution that can be used to replace heavier traditional materials, such as metal and aluminum alloy.

Cleveland State University receives grant to expand additive manufacturing research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Cleveland State University's Washkewicz College of Engineering and Rapid Prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) have partnered in a workforce development effort, and received a $293,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents in support of the college's Workforce Development Equipment and Faculty Program in Additive Manufacturing.

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