Applied Silicone introduces extrusion-optimized HCR silicone elastomer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 19th, 2014

A new implant-grade silicone rubber that allows faster extrusion line speeds has been introduced by Applied Silicone Corp. (Santa Paula, CA), a global supplier of long-term implantable silicones for the medical device and critical healthcare market. The HCRA 4700 series is an implantable, high-consistency, addition-cure silicone rubber that has been optimized in a number of ways.

Anatomy of a molder, part 2: Plastic Molding Manufacturing grows over two decades

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 19th, 2014

Last month we looked at the beginnings of a molding company at a time when the injection molding industry was just about to enter a huge growth spurt with new applications in computers, business equipment, telecommunications, automotive, and packaging pushing the industry forward by huge leaps.

3D printing viable alternative to injection molding

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 19th, 2014

Injection molding has long been the optimal method to rapidly make plastic components in large quantities. However, 3D printer manufacturer Type A Machines (San Francisco, CA) has just announced a low-volume additive manufacturing system capable of outperforming injection molding processes in the sub-1,000 unit production range. 

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore (slideshow)

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

Singapore welcomed the JEC Asia show to its shores on Nov. 17. The seventh iteration of the event hosted a multitude of new applications in the composites sector, with carbon fiber, once again, having a standout presence.

Here are some of the highlights PlasticsToday found walking across the show floor.

Tetra Pak wins two awards for environmental innovation

By Karen Laird
Published: November 18th, 2014

At the World Beverage Innovation Awards ceremony held last week in Nuremberg, Germany, Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) collected not one, but two awards. The Tetra Top with Separable Top took the award for Best Carton and Tetra Pak's bio-based caps were first in the Best Closure category. These awards, which have been organized every year since 2003 by FoodBev Media for the global beverage industry, are presented annually in 26 categories.

JEC Asia show: High-end carbon fiber market gets lower cost option

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 17th, 2014

Global demand for carbon fiber is set to grow by 17% per annum through to 2020 according to Taiwan's UHT Unitech (Taoyuan), reaching 118,600 tonnes. The company, which processes general-purpose PAN-based carbon fiber (200-250 GPa tensile modulus) using a proprietary process to improve its mechanical properties, forecasts the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) to grow at 16% annually over the same time frame, within which thermoplastic CFRP is forecast to grow at 24% per annum.

IPF: Japanese injection machine OEMs reduce the pressure

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 17th, 2014

Sumitomo Heavy Industries (Tokyo) adopted an interesting strategy at this year's IPF near Tokyo. Rather than debuting a series of new machines, the injection press supplier decided to demonstrate just what's possible with its existing line-up, in particular how clamping forces can be reduced through its "Zero-molding" technology. See here for a previous article on the technology.

More than 200 in attendance at Wittmann Battenfeld's careers event

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 17th, 2014

Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. is taking steps to ensure the younger generation is well aware of job opportunities that are available in the manufacturing sector. The latest example of that was on Nov. 8 when the company hosted an open house and future careers event at its U.S. headquarters in Torrington, CT. More than 200 guests showed up at the event, which the company says "greatly exceeding expectations and creating an even more rewarding experience for the attendees."

New SpecialChem websites designed as go-to resource for materials selection

By Karen Laird
Published: November 17th, 2014

Since 2000, when Christophe Cabarry launched the first online website for industrial innovation in plastics and chemicals, SpecialChem has focused on providing online technical expertise about materials and product information to formulators and engineers around the world. But: "The need for information was, and still is there," he said. "And this need is still growing," says CEO Cabarry.

DSM opens international materials research center in Netherlands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 17th, 2014

Royal DSM officially opened its ambitious new research and development project on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, Netherlands, today. On hand for the ceremony were Dutch Economics Minister Henk Kamp; Theo Bovens, Governor of Limburg Province; Dimitri De Vreeze, member of DSM's Managing Board; Roelof Westerbeek, President of DSM Engineering Plastics; and Atzo Nicolaï, President of DSM Netherlands.

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