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BASF enters LGF-PA market, and offers simo software for this material

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 22nd, 2010

During its pre-K 2010 press conference today (June 22) in Frankenthal, Germany, officials at plastics and additives supplier BASF announced the company's entry into the market for long-glass-fiber-reinforced grades of polyamide. Not only will the material be offered, but the company also has upgraded the capabilities of its proprietary Ultrasim software to permit simulation of components made with these materials.

New Ultem PEI grades for medical, E/E, and springs

By MPW Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2010

SABIC Innovative Plastics has developed new grades of its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, as well as Ultem-based compounds, to win medical and electrical/electronic components, with an industrial spring project in the mix for good measure.

PET size reduction silently

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Various sizes of scrap present no problem to a series of horizontally fed granulators for PET container recycling said to be quieter and more efficient than gravity-fed size-reduction equipment.

W&H secures printer, extruder orders; on pace for record year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2010

Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. (W&H; Lincoln, RI) has recently secured orders for its flexographic printing and blown-film technologies, with fourth-quarter deliveries planned for a flexographic press to Bema Polytech (Elmhurst, IL) and a co-extrusion film extrusion line to McNeely Plastics (Clinton, MS). A W&H North America representative told PlasticsToday that the company's sales through the first half of 2010 have been "robust," with the potential to post a record year.

Molders and compounders offered insight into what makes Ingeo tick

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 21st, 2010

Injection molders and compounders keen to experiment with NatureWorks' high-heat resistant, high-impact bioresin are being offered full details on the modifiers, nucleants, and other additives typically compounded into the material. The supplier hopes that this "full disclosure" will help spur innovation and drive biopolymers more widely into injection molding applications.

Automotive plastics: Plastic Omnium wants control of its Inergy joint venture

By MPW Staff
Published: June 21st, 2010

Automotive systems supplier Plastic Omnium (PO) has informed Solvay, its 50:50 JV partner in the Inergy Automotive Systems business, that PO wants to acquire Solvay's stake in the automotive fuel systems specialist. The purchase would make Plastic Omnium sole owner of the world's largest supplier of integrated fuel tank systems.

Arkema biomaterial adds durability to special soccer ball

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 21st, 2010

Hardly noticed amid the hulabaloo surrounding the World Cup taking place in South Africa, global electronics giant Sony is supplying a special soccer ball to African children, which, thanks to a bio-TPE from French materials supplier Arkema, is 1.6 times more durable than a conventional ball.

Styrenic TPEs are biocompatible 

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 21st, 2010

Gamma and EtO sterilizability are among a number of advantages of a new series of biocompatible styrenic-based thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds.

Supplied by RTP Co. (Winona, MN), the RTP 2700 S MD Series materials have been pretested for compliance with ISO 10993-5/10/11 biocompatibility standards and are available in hardnesses ranging from 30-80 Shore A.

Thermoformed, inmold labeled, and coming to the U.S.

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 18th, 2010

Rigid plastics packaging processor Tech II will be the first in the U.S.—and only the second in the world—to use inmold labeling in decoration of a commercial thermoformed part. According to the supplier of the automation system, Hekuma, the demand for this technology is set to escalate. 

Vuvuzelas all around with Allrounders

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 18th, 2010

Although the home team's defeat to the Serbian team today (June 18) means the horns in Germany stayed—for the most part—quiet for a few hours, German injection molding machine maker Arburg still has had the pleasure of seeing many of the infamous noisemakers molded by customers running its machines.

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