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PEEK pipes provide weight savings in new Airbus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2012

Aircraft manufacturers are driven by the need to design the most lightweight and fuel-efficient aircraft possible while reducing overall manufacturing costs.

Prism Plastics hosts engineering students

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 7th, 2012

Finding trained, skilled employees isn’t easy for injection molding companies as business from many market sectors picks up, especially automotive. Prism Plastics LLC, an injection molding company that serves the automotive and medical industries, decided to showcase its new Chesterfield Township, MI facility to what the company hopes will be its next generation of employees.

New capacity, PV slowdown reverse Tedlar film crunch

By Doug Smock
Published: May 7th, 2012

DuPont, which has just brought on stream a major capacity expansion in Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) film, wants to win back applications lost when Tedlar supplies were tight.

Names in the news: Milacron, Songwon, Davis-Standard, Kydex, Star Thermoplastics, and Shin-Etsu Silicones of America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2012

Milacron has created a new position, VP sales, Americas - Aftermarket Services, to help unify aftermarket businesses across the Americas, naming Mark Evans to the new role. Evans will lead the sales organization for Milacron Americas Aftermarket, including the ServTek, Wear Technologies, Progress Precision and Milacron- Posventa Americas businesses. Evans has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Recycled carbon fiber, flax lower electric race car's environmental footprint even further

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2012

Recycled composites and flax-reinforced composites have been employed to manufacture components for the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, an all-electric prototype racing car that seeks to improve the environmental image of the resource- and fossil fuel-hungry motor racing industry.

Moldmakers' spring survey shows strength

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 4th, 2012

The Spring 2012 Business Forecast Survey of members of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) reveals that business conditions remain quite good for most mold builders. In fact, 'Excellent' current business conditions jumped 11 percentage points to 36% in the Spring survey, from 25% in the Winter 2012 survey.

Amare Stoudemire, the next spokesperson for plastics?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 4th, 2012

The NBA playoffs are in full-speed and whether your team is winning or losing their series, all attention was on the Knicks earlier this week. Not because of the team's rather pathetic attempt to beat the Heat, but because power forward-center Amare Stoudemire injured himself after the Knicks' 104-94 loss to the Heat Monday night.

How, you ask? Well, out of extreme anger he punched a glass case containing a fire extinguisher and as a result suffered a laceration on the inside of his palm, on the side of his hand closest to the pinkie.

University researchers develop plastics from biomass

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 3rd, 2012

A team of chemical engineers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Delaware claims it has discovered a new way to make plastic bottles from biomass rather than petroleum.

DSM sees big future in regenerative medicine, resorbable plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: May 3rd, 2012

DSM, the Dutch plastics giant, is making a $360 million bet that biomaterials and regenerative medicine will play an important role in future medical care. The acquisition continues a trend at DSM away from commodities and toward specialties, particularly in the life sciences.

Kensey Nash Corp. (Exton, PA) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement in which DSM will acquire all of its stock for $38.50 per share in cash.

Faurecia acquires Ford’s former Saline plant, announces new JV

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 3rd, 2012

Ford Motor Company and Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) have sold ACH's Saline, MI automotive interior trim components operation to France-headquartered global automotive parts supplier Faurecia, with the sale and transfer of the business scheduled to be completed June 1.

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