Reactive polyamide-carbon fiber composites promise lower cost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 5th, 2012

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and the SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) plan to jointly develop a composite material based on a reactive polyamide system and suitable carbon fibers, thereby enabling the cost-effective production of thermoplastic carbon fiber-reinforced composites.

Turkey and Taiwan plastics industries sign MOU

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 4th, 2012

Taipei, Taiwan - A memoriam of understanding (MOU) between the Turkish Plastics Industry Association (PAGEV) and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) was signed the first day of Taipei Plas 2012 (Sept. 21-25; Nangang Exhibition Hall).

Green Matter: Is whey the way to go?

By Karen Laird
Published: October 4th, 2012

Bio-based materials come from numerous different sources. Examples abound of materials derived from starch, sugar, castor oil, lignin - you name it. What I hadn't yet run across, at least not up until now, was whey.

Scientex to buy GW Plastics Holdings Berhad units; looks to create a plastic packaging powerhouse

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 4th, 2012

Malaysian plastics processor Scientex Berhad has proposed to acquire the core businesses of GW Plastics Holdings Berhad (GW) for RM 283.2 million (USD 92.7 million) in a deal the company said will create one of the world's largest plastic packaging players.

Thermally conductive compounds reduce vehicle weight via metal replacement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 4th, 2012

US compounder RTP Company (Winona, MN) has introduced new thermally conductive compounds targeted at replacing metal components in automotive heating and cooling systems. The new products have been specially formulated to increase the thermal management design options available to automotive industry engineers as they strive to reduce vehicle weight in order to improve fuel efficiency.

Minor PP supply disruption hits Ford

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 3rd, 2012

An outage at Nova Chemicals' Corunna, Ontario petrochemical complex has forced polypropylene (PP) resin supplier Flint Hills Resources to declare force majeure on September 28 for supply of PP from its Marysville, Michigan plant to key molders in the area serving automakers such as Ford Motor.  But the effects on the region's processing sector may prove minimal.

Plastics cut costs, boost quality of hot new humanoid robot

By Doug Smock
Published: October 3rd, 2012

Rethink Robotics (Boston, MA) is making extensive use of plastics in its new humanoid robot called "Baxter" to reduce costs and improve quality.

Manufacturing moves to the expanding side of the line; durable goods orders fall

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 3rd, 2012

It’s time for more of those reports that can have you scratching your head. In the Institute for Supply Management’s September 2012 Manufacturing Report on Business, the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) ticked up 1.9 percentage points to 51.5% from August’s reading for 49.6. This marks the first time in three consecutive months that the PMI has risen above the benchmark of 50 that signals expansion.

Private equity firm to buy Bway Parent for $1.24 billion

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 3rd, 2012

Packaging manufacturer Bway Parent Co. will be acquired by an affiliate of Platinum Equity in a deal worth about $1.24 billion.

Bway Parent is a North American supplier of general line rigid containers operating through its primary subsidiary, Bway Corp.

Renault deploys lightweight all-PP lift-gate solution

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 3rd, 2012

Styron (Berwyn, PA) has unveiled what it describes as the first entirely thermoplastic, mono-material lift-gate ever produced in series on a vehicle featured in the New Renault Clio; the three components that comprise the lift-gate are based on polypropylene (PP).

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