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New stainless mold base steel offers high machinability and improved thermal conductivity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 5th, 2014

Industeel ArcelorMittal has developed an original patented free-machining martensitic stainless steel called SuperPlast Stainless (SPS), that has seen good success in the marketplace among mold base manufacturers. Mold bases manufactured with SPS offer high machinability to provide both high productivity and longer tool life, thus reducing costs. SuperPlast also provides high, consistent mechanical strength and hardness, optimum thermal properties to facilitate the removal of heat energy through cooling, and corrosion resistance to ensure mold durability and reduce maintenance costs.

PolyOne named exclusive North American distributor of Biomerics medical-grade TPUs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 5th, 2014

Medical polymers supplier Biomerics (Salt Lake City, UT) has named PolyOne Distribution (Avon Lake, OH) the exclusive North American distributor of its specialty medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs). 

British high-speed railway looks to composite solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2014

Engineers responsible for designing Britain's new high-speed railway (HS2), potentially linking London with cities as far north as Glasgow and Edinburgh, have started investigating how fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composite materials could play a key role in building the network.

Researchers mobilize to battle hospital-acquired infections

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 4th, 2014

You shouldn't have to worry about getting sick at a hospital, but, of course, it happens. A lot.

Yes, Ben, there really is a great future in plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

Most of us who've been in the plastics industry for at least the last two decades have probably heard this comment many times: "Did you see The Graduate?"

Yes, we've either seen that iconic movie that helped to put the plastics industry on the map, or we've heard about it. Dustin Hoffman plays the young man Ben, who's just graduated from college, and can't seem to decide on what to do with his life. At a party, Mr. McGuire pulls Ben aside and tells him that his future lies in just one word: Plastics.

Ineos recognized for its plan to bring ethane from U.S. shale gas to Europe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 4th, 2014

Swiss-based chemical company Ineos doesn't believe only North American suppliers should directly benefit from the shale gas boom.

"We are a global business supplying world markets so competitively-priced raw materials are essential if we are to maintain our business and jobs here in the future," said Magnar Bakke, site manager Ineos olefins & polymers Norway.

A. Schulman buys Ferro’s plastics business

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 4th, 2014

About a year after rejecting a $855 million takeover bid from plastic compounds and resins supplier A. Schulman, Ferro Corp. has agreed to sell substantially all of the assets in its specialty plastics business to A. Schulman for $91 million in cash. 

Invista stretches into sustainable spandex

By Karen Laird
Published: June 4th, 2014

For most of us, spandex is the stuff that makes us look a lot better than we actually do. It's a magical fiber that manages to shore up sagging body parts, suppress unsightly bulges and smooth out fat rolls. Spandex lets garments retain their shape longer, washes well and dries fast, which makes it ideal for sports wear. And it has revolutionized jeans, making skin-tight styles a wearable option - even when bending and sitting. 

Kentucky fast becoming the new Michigan

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky, all I thought about were horses. After all, how can you be a kid growing up on a farm in Kentucky and not love horses? Not only known for horses, Kentucky is also the land of bluegrass and Bourbon whiskey. Today, Kentucky is also known for its automotive industry.

Wilbert Plastic Services growing with Kentucky’s automotive industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

The recession certainly took its toll on manufacturing, especially the automotive industry and the many suppliers, including the plastics processing and mold manufacturing companies. Wilbert Plastic Services (WPS), headquartered in Belmont, NC, also struggled as its Lebanon, KY, facility lost money during the downturn. That was 2009.

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