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Redesign: Out with sheet metal, in with plastics, and way, way up with the savings

By MPW Staff
Published: November 19th, 2010

Don't just demand lower prices from your suppliers, learn where their costs are created and then help them reduce those. That's the moral of this story, in which a mechanical engineer at a veterinary device manufacturer used DFMA software and worked with his injection molding supplier, PTA Corp., to turn 43 parts into a single injection molding, consolidated 30 other parts into just four plastics ones, all courtesy of a mammoth metal-to-plastic conversion.

Wacker and Dow Corning inaugurate new Chinese silicone facility

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 18th, 2010

Wacker Chemie AG and Dow Corning Corp. inaugurated their joint integrated silicone manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, China, investing $1.8 billion in the 1 million m2 facility, which they call one of China's and the world's largest integrated silicone production sites. Featuring jointly owned siloxane and pyrogenic silica plants, the site also has independently owned and operated finished silicone production operations.

Glif iPhone accessory highlights new product funding, development model

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 18th, 2010

iPhone accessories can be big business, a fact not lost on two entrepreneurs who devised an injection molded tripod/kickstand for Apple's ubiquitous digital device and were quickly inundated with startup funding.

Primer on conductive plastics: Things to consider as you specify these materials

By MPW Staff
Published: November 18th, 2010

Conductive plastics are developed by compounding thermoplastics with electrically conductive materials such as carbon or steel fibers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphite, and other additives to enhance the dispersion of the conductive materials into the polymeric matrix. The result is to give conductive properties to some plastics that normally are isolators.

Bayer invests big in new plastics projects in China

By MPW Staff
Published: November 17th, 2010

The chemicals and plastics supplier intends to invest €110 million in projects designed to help increase its presence in the China's plastics industry. The funds will go towards PUR systems houses, a PC sheet extrusion plant, and a PC color compounding capacity and design center.

Jabil adds Class 100,000 cleanroom to Florida manufacturing site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

Jabil's Healthcare & Life Sciences division has opened a Class 100,000 cleanroom at its St. Petersburg, FL headquarters for the rapid prototyping of disposable medical devices. Calling the room a "mini factory" with the same assembly capabilities and processes used in its manufacturing plants, Jabil believes the investment will help customers translate new concepts into parts in a shorter amount of time.

Project seeks processors’ help to develop graphene-filled compounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

Processors, and especially those active in the automotive and consumer goods sectors, have the opportunity to join a project to demonstrate how the mechanical, electrical, thermal and barrier properties of thermoplastics can be improved by introducing graphene to the material. Twelve companies and four research institutes already are participating. Companies would have input into the specification of properties, applications, and markets.

Cereplast and Metabolix earnings reports show promise, challenge of bioplastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

The third-quarter earnings reports of bioplastics two publicly traded companies—Cereplast and Metabolix—highlight the huge potential of the market, as well as the hardships to be endured while production and product development ramp up. Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) posted record sales and gross profits in the third quarter, boosted by a 10-point increase in margins and the consummation of two large deals.

Songwon, additive supplier on the move, sees continued growth opportunities

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 16th, 2010

Ensuring a stable supply of raw materials has become a critical task for success in the plastics processing industry.  With that in mind and in light of his company's recent growth, we interviewed Maurizio Butti, CEO of plastic additives supplier Songwon Intl., who has helped oversee a doubling of its sales since 2005.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 8-12: PE, PP inch higher; producer polyolefin inventories climb

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 16th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were relatively quiet last week, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), with minimal fresh offers and firming prices. Polyethylene (PE) maintained its strength and edged slightly higher, while polypropylene (PP) also inched up $0.005/lb, as the widespec market continued to close the discount to prime.

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