Accella buys IPS Polymer Systems; seeks to build leading polyurethane business in North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2015

Accella Performance Materials Inc. (formerly Dash Multi-Corp Inc.; Maryland Heights, MO), a manufacturer of polyurethane systems and recycled rubber products, today announced the acquisition of IPS Polymer Systems Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Accella is backed by Arsenal Capital Partners.

Bayer MaterialScience acquires composite materials specialist

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 2nd, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen) has expanded its position in the composite materials field through an acquisition in southern Germany. The company has taken over Thermoplast Composite GmbH (TCG), basded in Langenfeld, near Nuremberg, which specializes in the production of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites.

Halogen-free flame-retardant continuous-fiber-reinforced polycarbonate grades debut; target metal replacement

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 2nd, 2015

The Bond Laminates GmbH (Brilon, Germany), a subsidiary of specialty chemicals company Lanxess (Cologne, Germany), has expanded its Tepex range of continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic high-performance composites to include halogen-free flame-retardant versions with a polycarbonate matrix.

Chinaplas 2015 highlights design innovation, automation and medical plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2015

The number one plastics and rubber show in Asia and number two in the world, according to show organizers, Chinaplas 2015 will host an array of concurrent events to help industry professionals keep pace with market trends. Organized by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from May 20 to 23, Chinaplas will spotlight three events: Design x Innovation, Industrial Automation—Robot Parade & Smart Production and the Medical Plastics Conference.

GFBiochemicals to commercialize breakthrough levulinic acid technology

By Karen Laird
Published: March 2nd, 2015

GFBiochemicals (Milan, Italy), a company that specializes in the research, development and production of biobased chemicals and fuels, has announced that it is starting commercialization of levulinic acid at its plant in Caserta, Italy. The company says that it has developed a breakthrough production process for levulinic acid that has been successfully tested at demo-scale since 2008. It is now undergoing further development at industrial scale.

Manufacturing reports show mixed results

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 2nd, 2015

Those who watch the manufacturing industry are well aware of the ups and downs of the past two months. That is also reflected in several reports out on the economy of manufacturing. The Institute for Supply Management's February 2015 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business shows that economic activity in that sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month. However, before we get too excited, the Purchasing Management Index (PMI) actually dropped from 53.5% in January to 52.9% in February, meaning manufacturing basically flat-lined last month.

Plastics Pioneers Association inducts four new members

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 2nd, 2015

The Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA) announced that four new members have been selected to join the organization. The new inductees are:

Carbon-fiber chairless chair improves ergonomics in Audi's production plants

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 1st, 2015

Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its Neckarsulm plant: the so-called "chairless chair." The device's carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.

Could a simple plastic sheath have prevented the UCLA superbug outbreak?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 1st, 2015

The answer to the question posed in the headline is, in theory, yes. The reality is a bit more complicated.

New PTFE-modified compounds feature improved wear resistance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 27th, 2015

A new generation of polymers lubricated with a proprietary PTFE formulation exhibit improved wear resistance, especially at high loads, compared with conventional materials. The high-performance Luvocom XTF compounds have been introduced by Lehvoss North America (Pawcatuck, CT), a subsidiary of global chemicals company Lehmann & Voss, to meet increased requirements for high pressure, increased load and elevated temperatures.         

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