BASF to add Ultrason polyethersulfone production in Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 1st, 2011

BASF will build a new Ultrason polyethersulfone (PESU) plant at the company's site in Yeosu, Korea, part of €2.3 billion in investment in Asia Pacific that the company is planning from 2011 to 2015.

Teijin to debut one minute composite process at new integrated plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 30th, 2011

Teijin Limited (Tokyo) plans to establish the world's first pilot plant for fully integrated production of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) components from carbon fiber on the premises of its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The new plant will feature Teijin's unprecedented mass production technology for CFRTP components, which significantly reduces cycle times required for molding composite products to under a minute, enabling rapid production of various prototypes and performance evaluation tests.

Injection molding machine uses permanent-magnet servomotors to boost efficiency, precision

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 30th, 2011

By replacing a standard induction or frequency drive motor with a permanent-magnet servo motor, the Maxima Servo injection molding machine from Milacron Plastics Technologies is said to offer energy efficiency, reliability and part quality "rivaling" an all-electric, according to the manufacturer, but at a lower price point.

Kraft commits to injection molded IML, but industry still lags in North America

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 30th, 2011

Each year at the annual IMLCON (Inmold Labeling Conference), which now collaborates with its "companion" trade group the In-Mold Decorating Assn. in IMDCON, the report on IML in North America remains the same: it's still a niche market with only about 2% of label demand being IML. Each year, attendees also hear of the tremendous opportunities for growth in IML.

New technology expands role of silicones

By Doug Smock
Published: November 30th, 2011

New materials, such as foams, are expanding the role of silicones in medical devices, while processing technology--particularly in micro sizes-- is also advancing.

Medical plastic degrades under low-power NIR

By Doug Smock
Published: November 30th, 2011

California scientists have designed a new photodegradable plastic that has significant implications for medical use.

Andy Lehner, longtime leader in the moldmaking industry, passes away

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 29th, 2011

Andrae (Andy) Lehner, co-founder and co-owner of Omega Tool Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI), and president of that company for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 2006, passed away on Nov. 17, 2011. Andy was involved in the plastic injection molding, moldmaking and and engineering industries for his entire career. He joined Saller Tool Inc. in 1969 where he bought stock and became partners with John Weber Sr. In 1980, Saller Tool moved to Menomonee Falls, where the partners changed the company's name to Omega Tool Inc.

Toppan introduces thermoplastic RFID tags

By Doug Smock
Published: November 29th, 2011

New radio frequency identification (RFID) tag housings are among the first made of thermoplastic for the healthcare market. Toppan Printing Co.'s  new RFID tag housings for medical equipment are made of Radel R-5100 polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) because of their

Turkish processor scores success with water-assisted injection molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2011

Teklas (Gebze, Turkey) has recently started to produce fluid-carrying tubes for automobiles in high volumes using water-assisted injection molding technology (WIT). The parts use a special grade of Ultramid A3HG6 WIT polyamide (PA) developed for the process by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany).

Arkema in acquisition of mainland polyamide firm

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 23rd, 2011

Arkema (Colombes, France) plans to acquire Chinese company Hipro Polymers (Zhangjiagang), a fast-growing producer of bio-sourced polyamide 10.10. The company also intends to acquire Casda Biomaterials (Hebei, China), a global leader in sebacic acid derived from castor oil and used in particular to manufacture this polyamide 10.10.

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