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Thermoplastic silicone vulcanizate delivers performance in healthcare environment

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 15th, 2010

When it comes to medical devices, durability and usability rank high on the list of priorities for healthcare professionals. The silky feel and non-slip security provided by an overmolded layer of TPSiV thermoplastic silicone vulcanizate from Multibase USA (Copley, OH) delivers on both of these counts in the C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant developed by Motion Computing (Austin, TX).

Nova moves to secure ethane supply by pipeline from Hess

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2010

Polyethylene producer Nova Chemicals (Calgary, AB) says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hess Corporation and Mistral Energy to purchase ethane produced by Hess in North Dakota and transport it to its Joffre petrochemical complex in Alberta, Canada using a pipeline that will be built and owned by Mistral's affiliate Vantage Pipeline.

More preform demand leads to new production tech, new facility

By Rob Neilley
Published: July 15th, 2010

Preform Technologies LLC, one of the Plastic Technologies Inc. (Holland, OH) family of companies, says demand for preforms has increased recently, the result being it's adding extrusion blow molding to its tech portfolio and moving into a new facility more than five times the size of its current plant.

All eyes on Asia as sustainability drives 
materials development

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 15th, 2010

The global demand center for all types of resin has indeed shifted to Asia. Meanwhile, energy efficiency, low carbon footprint, and the need for expanded performance envelopes are driving developments in resin technology.

New partnership merges two of industry’s hottest materials: PEEK and carbon nanotubes

By MPW Staff
Published: July 14th, 2010

Metal-replacement applications across a range of industries are anticipated from these two companies, which have joined forces to offer carbon nanotube-enhanced PEEK.

With new work coming online, ASPM adds 13 injection machines

By Rob Neilley
Published: July 14th, 2010

Flexing its art-to-part injection molding muscle, ASPM (All Service Plastic Molding), part of the Minco Group (Dayton,OH), has been adding new business from its auto and appliance customers. To support it as well as for future growth, the company has bought 13 new injection presses and is increasing by about 10% its current 300-person workforce.

Tastes changing in biax film demand

By Robert Colvin
Published: July 14th, 2010

Demand for biaxially oriented films, and equipment to process them, is showing a trend toward change as markets become saturated and new applications in other areas pop up. This is what the world's largest producer of tenter frame equipment Brückner Maschinenbau (Siegsdorf, Germany) told the trade press recently at a pre-K 2010 meeting at its headquarters. The company claims about a 60%-70% market share for machinery for this sector.

Long on the way, ElectriPlast conductive compounds arrive

By MPW Staff
Published: July 14th, 2010

The R&D pipeline has been a long one, but officials at Integral Technologies Inc. (Bellingham, WA) indicate that their conductive thermoplastic compounds, reportedly significantly more efficient than ones as yet available, are ready for broad market deployment using various thermoplastic matrices.

Nominations open for SPE's Vehicle Engineering Team Award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 14th, 2010

The Automotive Div. of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has sent out the call for nominations for its Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA), which will be presented at the 40th Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala on Nov. 9, 2010 in Livonia, MI.

Thermoforming: Updated unit promises production cost reductions

By Robert Colvin
Published: July 14th, 2010

Thin-walled packaging processors attending the big plastics trade show this autumn, the K in Düsseldorf, Germany, will want to take a look at what thermoforming machine manufacturer Kiefel has done with its Speedformer KMD80.

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