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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.

Styron, largest PS supplier, begins independent ops: “Let the tiger out of the cage”

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 18th, 2010

In March 2010 Bain Capital Partners announced its intent to acquire the Styron business division of The Dow Chemical Company, and this week the sale officially was completed. Paul Moyer, VP plastics of the newly formed independent company, took time out from a busy first day at the 'new' firm to tell PlasticsToday where Styron is headed.

Film extrusion: Reifenhäuser Kiefel's 'Evolution' continues with new film lines

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 18th, 2010

Last summer Reifenhäuser acquired the film extrusion machinery business of Kiefel, and now the merged company has introduced its first co-developed machine range, dubbed the Evolution. Although the official introduction of the new range is slated for K 2010, orders from customers already have been fielded, including one just last weekend.

Five-axis machining accelerated by new controller

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 18th, 2010

Complex tooling jobs need not consume undue machining time with the latest CNC machining center controller from Fanuc CNC America (Hoffman Estates, IL).

The 30i-B Series CNC Control supersedes the 30i-A Series and offers enhanced features and functions with advancements in operability and maintainability including a USB memory port, enhancements in dual safety check, and laser functionality.

Boy Machines realigns organization, Koch leaves presidency

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 17th, 2010

Boy Machines Inc. (Exton, PA), the sole U.S. importer of the German-made Boy injection molding machines, has realigned its management structure, with Robert Koch leaving the president's post and Carl Schiffer, managing partner of Dr. Boy GmbH and co-owner of Boy Machines Inc., taking over as president.

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