Massive Engel vertical machine to assist VW in functionally integrated composites initiative

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2015

A v-duo 3600 vertical clamping dual injection unit molding machine is currently being built by Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at its large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria that will be shipped to the Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V. association in Wolfsburg, Germany to support research into functionally integrated composite technologies. Engel is a founder member and sponsor of the research centre initiated by Volkswagen in 2012 and supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Wood-plastic composite decking from MoistureShield spotlighted on NBC's "Today"

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 21st, 2015

Wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking from MoistureShield, a recycler and developer of WPC for decking, railing and trim located in Springdale, AR, was in the spotlight on NBC's "Today" show on April 13. The company's composite decking was showcased by Jamie Durie, home improvement expert and star of the FYI network's "Outback Nation."

Nanotube film cures large thermoset composites; energy consumption slashed by 99 percent

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2015

Thermoset composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large autoclaves, with multiple polymer resin are heated with temperatures up to 750°F, and cured to form a solid, resilient material. Using this approach, considerable energy is required first to heat the oven, then the gas around it, and finally the actual composite.

Antimicrobial technology for emergency medical care units outperforms hospital standard

By Karen Laird
Published: April 21st, 2015

The emergency medical care units and semi-permanent hospitals of the type that were erected immediately after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines were constructed from an innovative wood fiber composite developed by Netherlands-based Aviplast WFC/Deltawood (Rijssen). The product, which consists of 75% wood fibers from recycled waste or rest wood in combination with 25% plastic (PP) resin, is produced by means of an internationally patented pushtrusion technology.

Lego expands Czech production facility

By Karen Laird
Published: April 21st, 2015

The growth of the Lego Group in recent years and its strategy to locate production close to its core markets have led to a further expansion of the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic, one of four Lego manufacturing sites around the world. The new production building covering 50,000 square meters was inaugurated on April 16, 2015.

Ford, DowAksa to jointly develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2015

Ford and DowAksa have formalized a joint development agreement (JDA) to advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.

Construction of specialty PU elastomers plant starts in Japan; medical tubing among target applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2015

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 2,000 -tonnes/year plant located at its Omuta Works (Omuta City, Kyushu) to manufacture its new advanced polyurethane elastomer, Fortimo, and the polyisocyanate, Stabio. The new plant is scheduled for commercial operation in August 2016.

New 30-ml PET bottle added to Variblend's custom-blending, dual-dispensing range

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 20th, 2015

VariBlend (Greenville, SC), a global manufacturer of custom-blending, dual-dispensing technology, just announced the addition of a new 30-ml PET bottle designed for on-the-go beauty and healthcare products, in particular those in the $121 billion global skincare market.

Lindal's new ball valve now available globally

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 20th, 2015

Technologically advanced aerosol dispensing systems from the Lindal Group (Schönberg, Germany) now include a new ball valve, something that the company calls "an appealing, new, cost-effective alternative for makers of cosmetics, toiletries, household products, automotive, pharma and more."

Faerch Plast says "agressive expansion" is key component of long-term strategic growth plan

By Karen Laird
Published: April 20th, 2015

Denmark-based Faerch Plast A/S (Holstebro), one of Europe's leading manufacturers of high-performance plastic packaging for the food industry, has announced plans to build a network of overseas distributors targeting aggressive expansion in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, South Africa, the Middle East and Israel.

"This international expansion is a key part of Faerch Plast's strategic growth plan," said Joe Iannindardo, Sales Director for Overseas Markets at Faerch Plast A/S.

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