Steel sheet deep-drawing, backmolding in single step for plastic-metal hybrid parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 5th, 2015

The Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (IUL) at the Technical University of Dortmund, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University are jointly carrying out research into a process that involves the deep-drawing of metal and its backmolding with plastic for the production of hybrid plastic/metal structural parts.

Honeywell partners with Metabolix on marine-biodegradable microbeads

By Karen Laird
Published: March 5th, 2015

Metabolix Inc. (Cambridge, MA), an advanced biomaterials company, announced today that it has entered into a global, exclusive commercial and technology alliance with Honeywell (Morristown, NJ) to offer new marine-biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products.

BASF introduces biobased PolyTHF for large-scale testing by selected partners

By Karen Laird
Published: March 5th, 2015

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has announced that it is now offering bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF 1000) for the first time. The company is providing this intermediate to selected partners for large-scale testing in various applications.

HDPE production forecast to rebound in North America; Western Europe in decline

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 5th, 2015

Global demand for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is expected to grow 4.2% on an average annual basis through 2022, with Asia Pacific remaining the largest consumer of the material, says market research firm Ceresana (Constance, Germany). North American exports of HDPE will rebound during the study period, whereas Western Europe increasingly will become an importer because of the closure of production sites and lack of capacity increases, according to Ceresana, which has just published the third edition of its global HDPE market study.

Dow wins UBM award for structural adhesive

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 4th, 2015

Betamate 1630 structural adhesive from Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI) has been selected as the winner of a 2015 Golden Mousetrap award in the category of Materials Assembly: Fastening, Joining and Assembly Components. The program recognizes design, engineering, and manufacturing in North America and was hosted by UBM Canon (owner of PlasticsToday) and Design News.

Owens Corning to introduce five new products at upcoming JEC Europe show

By Karen Laird
Published: March 4th, 2015

Global producer of innovative glass-fiber solutions and engineered materials for composite systems, Owens Corning (Toledo, OH) will unveil five new products at the upcoming JEC Europe 2015 composites show and conferences in Paris, France. This year marks the 50th session of this show and conferences, which are taking place on March 10, 11 and 12 at Paris' Porte de Versailles.

Clear Lam Packaging wins flexible packaging achievement award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has won a Silver Flexible Packaging Achievement Award for Technical Innovation for Kar's Second Nature Wholesome Medley PrimaPak package. This is the fourth global award for Clear Lam's PrimaPak technology. The Flexible Packaging Association recognized Clear Lam and a select group of the association's Achievement Award winners at a March 3 ceremony in Naples, FL.

BioAmber starts commissioning activities at world's largest succinic acid manufacturing facility

By Karen Laird
Published: March 4th, 2015

BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, announced that it has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000-MT capacity bio-succinic acid plant located in Sarnia, ON, Canada. It is a significant milestone for BioAmber, and one that the company views as the beginning of a period of rapid growth.

SPE names Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has named Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year. The award will be presented during SPE's Thermoforming Awards dinner, held in conjunction with the 24th SPE Thermoforming Conference.

Clear Lam Packaging settles lawsuit with Frito-Lay

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) and Frito-Lay Inc. (Purchase, NY) have settled a lawsuit related to Clear Lam's PrimaPak technology. The suit was filed in Federal Court in Chicago on Sept. 18, 2014, by Clear Lam against Frito-Lay accusing the food giant of stealing a packaging design for its promotional boxes of Doritos.

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