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Exotic resin replaces metal in gear shift lever

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2012

A leading automotive OEM in Europe is now using a polyphthalamide (PPA) compound from Evonik Industries (Darmstadt, Germany) in the serial production of a gearshift lever part, thereby enabling metal replacement and lightweighting. Turkish company Eurotec Engineering Plastics AS (Corlu) compounded Vestamid HTplus specifically for this purpose.

TPE resin pricing, March 12-16: PE and PP slip $0.01/lb; PP contracts up $0.05/lb not $0.15/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2012

Polyethylene and polypropylene each gave back the $0.01/lb that was tacked on the previous week, in a week that was busy for the spot resin markets. The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reports there was a good flow of material seen at slightly lower prices, and while demand remained slack, a fair number of deals still came together. The markets have lost some of their upward momentum, as March PP contracts settled up just a nickel after being initially nominated to increase $0.15/lb.

Electrically stimulated polymers eyed for medical devices

By Doug Smock
Published: March 22nd, 2012

Duke scientists have discovered a potentially interesting way to deliver drugs from an internal medical device, such as a drug-eluting stent.

In research published in the journal Advanced Materials, Xuanhe Zhao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, demonstrated that the surface texture of polymers can be altered on demand through application of an electric current.

Injection-molded crash-resistant composite steels the show

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 22nd, 2012

Together with its partners—metal transformation and coatings solutions provider Bekaert (Kortrijk, Belgium) and automotive plastic composite processor voestalpine Plastics Solutions (Bunschoten, The Netherlands)—materials supplier BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is currently working on the development of thermoplastic components that are reinforced with steel cord fabrics and fabricated by means of injection molding.

Insert-molded reinforced laminate lightens the load

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2012

The new Opel Astra OPC, a sport coupe that was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show at the beginning of March 2012, has a seat pan made from a thermoplastic laminate with continuous fiber reinforcement (an "organo sheet"). This is the world's first auto seat pan based on this technology manufactured for a production vehicle. The seat pan uses a specialty polyamide from BASF's Ultramid product range and is 45% lighter than its predecessor.

Dart Container Corp. to acquire Solo Cup Co.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2012

Foam cup manufacturer Dart Container Corp. will acquire Solo Cup Co. in a transaction valued at approximately $1 billion.

Both companies are in the consumer and foodservice disposable packaging business.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the third quarter of this year. The two companies will continue to operate independently until government approval is secured and the transaction closes.

USDA BioPreferred label program growing among packaging industry

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2012

There is a plethora of labeling claims in the marketplace. However, not all labels receive the support of the Oval Office.

President Obama recently issued a memorandum calling for the expansion of the USDA BioPreferred program, which includes the UDSA's voluntary product certification and labeling program, and greater adoption of the program by federal agencies.

Carbon fiber composites application center to open in Auburn Hills

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2012

Teijin Limited (Tokyo) will inaugurate its Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC) in Auburn Hills, MI, on April 1. The technical center will develop automotive and other industrial applications for carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products.

Recycling operators receive grants for thermoformed PET packaging programs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2012

Three U.S. recycling operators have been selected to receive grants toward establishing model programs for collection and intermediate processing of PET thermoformed packaging.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) are working in partnership on the grant: SPI providing $100,000 in program funding, and NAPCOR providing project management and technical assistance.

Davis-Standard shows new controller, medical extruder at NPE

By Doug Smock
Published: March 20th, 2012

 Davis-Standard (Pawcatuck, CT) is showing a newly developed mid-range controller called the DS-eVUE at NPE2012 (Orlando, FL; April 1-5).

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