Asahi Kasei's ZOLL Medical establishes Japanese subsidiary

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 24th, 2012

ZOLL Medical Corp., a manufacturer of medical devices and a large buyer of plastic components, announced its first major expansion since its acquisition this year by Japanese chemicals and plastics giant Asahi Kasei.

ZOLL will establish Asahi Kasei ZOLL Medical Corp. as its Japanese subsidiary effective Nov. 5 to advance its medical device business in Japan, which it described as the second largest medical market in the world. The new Tokyo-based subsidiary will be headed by Seiji Sakano.

European thermoplastic automotive composites consortium inaugurated

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 24th, 2012

Several Dutch companies have joined forces to create a consortium that will target application of thermoplastic composites in automotive applications. The partners in the European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium (eTAC) say they have built up an impressive track record in the aviation industry in the past few decades and now plan to transfer their expertise to the auto sector and promote the use of advanced materials in the sector.

KraussMaffei buoys individual brands, builds business unity

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 23rd, 2012

Fakuma 2012New ownership, new technology, and a new strategy to more closely meld business operations, if not brands, were emphasized by KraussMaffei at Fakuma 2012.

Spectrum Plastics Group expands Quick-Turn Tooling capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 23rd, 2012

Spectrum Plastics Group announced an alliance with a leading tool design and manufacturing company, which moved its Twin Cities operations into Spectrum’s molding facility in Minneapolis. This move addresses Spectrum’s customers' needs for high-quality, quick-turn tooling.

KYDEX sheet brings designer look, color to aircraft interiors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 23rd, 2012

If you thought aircraft interiors have to be boring and beige, take another look the next time you fly. KYDEX LLC, a Sekisui Chemical Group company, announced the launch of the aviation industry’s first fully compliant, colored translucent thermoformable sheet at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, in Seattle, WA.

Product spotlight: Reifenhäuser cast PET film lines

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 23rd, 2012

At K 2010 in Düsseldorf, Reifenhäuser presented a cast film line producing 3-layer unstretched cast PET film. Now about four lines are using this technology in operation worldwide. Reifenhäuser expects additional lines will be shipped soon.

Bioplastic may replace plasticizers in PVC IV tubing

By Doug Smock
Published: October 23rd, 2012

New biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers can replace plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride (PVC), potentially enhancing its acceptability in the medical market.

Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) says it has demonstrated that a series of PHA copolymers miscible with PVC resins improved various physical properties.  PHA copolymers, for example, performed as high molecular weight, readily dispersible plasticizers, enabling formulation of compounds with low additive migration and low extractables.

Wittmann Battenfeld grows globally, with expansions underway in Germany, Austria, and Taiwan

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 22nd, 2012

FriedrFakuma 2012ichshafen, Germany—"What you definitely need is space." That's the one constant for Wittmann Battenfeld, the Austrian headquartered maker of injection molding machines, automation, and auxiliaries, according to its General Manager Michael Wittmann.

Moldmakers still fighting the same battle: How do we get paid?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 22nd, 2012

Mold manufacturing companies have long fought battles to get paid for the molds they build for OEMs. The primary problem is that in most cases, the mold supplier releases possession of the mold either to the OEM or the molder, who will perform the tryouts and mold the parts. Mold lien laws that benefit the mold manufacturer have been put into place in a few states, and in Michigan and Ohio, where the problems are often the worst because of the automotive industry, these laws have been beefed up.

Pack Expo: Packaging wrapped in one big exhibition space

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 22nd, 2012

If you're an attendee or exhibitor for Pack Expo (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago), you might see me running from booth to booth (most likely with coffee in hand) conducting as many interviews as possible. Who knew you could get good stories and a workout all at the same time?

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