Raumedic launches $32 million medical expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2013

Raumedic AG, which developed the first CE-certified, fully implantable wireless medical product that can measure cranial pressure through the skin, is significantly expanding manufacturing capacity in medical plastics at its headquarters in Bavaria, Germany.  

The company is investing €26 million ($32.2 million) in a new building with cleanroom production and manufacturing facilities as well as laboratory and office spaces. Final completion is scheduled for 2014.

IK survey: High energy prices hurting German plastic packaging industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2013

Due to rising energy prices, the German plastic packaging industry is facing increasing competition from international companies, according to a new survey from the IK trade association.

The plastics trade group, Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen (IK), stated that the cost increase of the EEG (Germany's renewable energy law) allocation for this year alone is in the six-digit range for medium-sized companies. Whereas power costs in France are only half as high and in the U.S. electricity prices have partially dropped to as little as 5 cents per kilowatt hour.

Entrepreneur eyes Chrysler CCV technology

By Doug Smock
Published: July 8th, 2013

A sports-car enthusiast and dealer named Frank Boulton thinks there's a future for three-wheeled vehicles sheathed in lightweight thermoplastic composites.

"Many people are developing an interest in riding a motorcycle when they reach age 45 to 50, and about half of them have never ridden a motorcycle before," Boulton said in an interview with Plastics Today. "They like the idea of riding in the open air and the fun of a motorcycle, but they often end up in the hospital."

BASF establishes development platform for composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2013

Starting in October 2013, BASF will offer its customers a product and service package under the name Ultracom that encompasses thermoplastic laminates and tapes combined with compounds for overmolding as well as a comprehensive engineering support component.

Medical Musings: How do we protect devices from hackers?

By Doug Smock
Published: July 5th, 2013

You think it's a big deal that someone can hack into your web site or your Twitter account?

In the not-too-distant future, it may be possible for hackers to gain access to hundreds of thousands of medical devices now located on highly secure hospital servers. There is increasing pressure to go wireless as medical care becomes more mobile and home-based.

Rexam updates oral-dose packaging, prepares for sale

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 5th, 2013

Rexam Healthcare, a leading medical plastics processor, expects to launch the latest version of its child-resistant closure (CRC) later this year because of global growth in demand for oral-dose packaging protection. The device produces an audible warning click to alert parents and caregivers.

Rexam said that the Clic-Loc 4 is designed with a wider application torque window and has improved aesthetics.

Halogen-free polyamide solution for terminal blocks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2013

Molders of terminal blocks widely employed in industrial machinery, automation, transportation and building infrastructure can now turn to a halogen-free solution in the form of a high temperature polyamide (PA) 4T delivering UL94-V0 flame retardancy combined with outstanding thermal and mechanical performance. Stanyl ForTii T11 is supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Feiplastic 2013: Netstal sells cap-molding cell off its stand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 3rd, 2013

Netstal is considering its participation in May's Feiplastic event in Brazil a success after selling a hybrid cap molding system that was making its South American debut off its stand. CristalPet do Brasil, a subsidiary of Uruguay's Grupo Cristalerías (Montevideo), bought the cell, which featured Netstal's ELION 3200 hybrid drive concept injection molding machine.

Verbruggen and EDI formally come together as Nordson EDI Europe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 3rd, 2013

The former Verbruggen plant at Temse, Belgium is now the home of Nordson EDI Europe, joining the flat die businesses acquired by Nordson over the prior two years under one European roof, offering European customers locally made dies with Verbruggen and EDI technologies.

What manufacturing can do for people who choose to work hard

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 3rd, 2013

My colleague, John Clark, wrote an interesting blog based on an article in Salon.com called “No, manufacturing jobs won’t revive the economy.” I read the article as well. Two plastics companies, Nypro and Atrium Medical, were cited by the article’s author, Livia Gershon.
   

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