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Post-industrial recycled polyamide to debut at K

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 19th, 2010

Automotive underhood applications are the target of a series of polyamide (PA) 6 grades derived from post-industrial recycled material that will debut from the end of 2010—with first commercial applications following in early 2011. The grades will officially debut at the upcoming K Show.

Line of sealing PET grades expanded

By MPW Staff
Published: July 19th, 2010

Invista has added two new grades targeting low-melt applications to its sealing-grade (polyethylene terephthalate) PET polymers portfolio. Invista created Polyclear Seal PET 7001 and 7003 at the company's continuous polyester polycondensation pilot line in Gersthofen, Germany. Invista developed the grades in response to increased requests by customers who were interested in a polyester for fiber, film, containers, and engineering resin applications.

Award-winning molded metal parts cover wide range of applications

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 16th, 2010

Metal Injection Molding (MIM) has been catching on faster over the past decade in applications from medical and dental instruments, to aerospace and automotive parts. Let's see the winners from the Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition.       

In high growth mode, Cool Polymers relocates, expands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2010

Cool Polymers Inc. (North Kingstown, RI) has had significant increase in demand for its thermally conductive plastics and injection moldable metal alloys, enough to cause it to relocate its headquarters, R&D, and production from Warwick, RI to a new 40,000 ft2 facility that allows for a significant expansion of production capacity.

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.

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