IPF Show: Carbon fiber/polyamide composite engine cover outperforms aluminum alternative

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 1st, 2011

Lightweighting has been a key trend for some time in the automotive sector and this even extends to the two-wheeler segment as evidenced by a 30% carbon fiber reinforced polyamide (PA) 66 motorcycle engine cover being molded at the Toshiba Machine Co. (Tokyo) stand at the recent IPF show in Japan.

Medical Musings: Why medical plastics are booming

By Doug Smock
Published: October 31st, 2011

It seems that major announcements are made almost weekly of a company's or organization's increased commitment to the medical plastics field. Most recently, BASF announced new investments in its Tarrytown, NY R&D center, new grades, and new production capability. 

Small wonder.

IPF show: LED component molding goes horizontal

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 30th, 2011

The focus of Fanuc (At the Foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan) at the recent IPF show in Japan was system approaches rather than all-new machine models. One such solution on display was application of its horizontal 15-tonne Roboshot S-2000i15B press in hoop molding of LED components.

IPF attendance down: Flooding in Thailand among adverse factors

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 30th, 2011

IPF Japan 2011 drew to a close on Saturday October 29 having attracted 43,745 visitors over its five-day duration, including 2154 overseas attendees. Overall attendance was down by more than one-third compared with the 2008 show, itself coinciding with an industry downturn fueled by a global recession.

Teijin DuPont plans to increase its PET film capacity in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 28th, 2011

Plastic films processing joint venture Teijin DuPont Films plans to hike its capacity in China by about 27,000 tons per annum. The company has acquired a new site in Foshan, and there plans to install two polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film lines, one for thick film and the other for thin film. New capital expenditure will total about $78 million.

Gasoline barrier in a single layer

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 27th, 2011

A single-layer extrusion blow molding machine has proven to be capable of molding HDPE barrier fuel tanks for small engines such as outboard motors through a joint effort by processor JSP Corp. (Tokyo) and materials supplier Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. (MGC; Tokyo).

Phillips Plastics eyes further global expansion

By Doug Smock
Published: October 27th, 2011

Phillips Plastics, strongly anchored in Wisconsin for its 47-year-old history, will continue to expand globally, president and CEO Matthew J. Jennings told PlasticsToday.com in an interview.

The company almost doubled in size two months ago with its acquisition of Medisize (Vantaa, Finland) and now ranks as one of the two largest contract medical manufacturers in the world. Phillips Plastics' revenues are close to $500 million this year, with 75% based on medical.

Optical polystyrene grade challenges incumbents in LCD applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 26th, 2011

LCD displays are becoming ubiquitous in all manner of electronic products from smartphones through to large-screen TVs and as such, processors with capabilities in light guide panel and diffusion sheet molding are enjoying good business volumes. But like many molding jobs that processors take on, there is constant pressure to cut costs.

Resin spray transmission technology gains traction in auto sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 26th, 2011

Automakers are very interested in carbon fiber composite processing technologies that boast significantly lower processing costs. One such process promising such potential is Resin Spray Transmission (RST) from Quickstep Technologies (North Coogee, Australia).

Nissei enjoys hybrid success; debuts new all-electric series

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 26th, 2011

Processors no longer think "Shall I go all-electric or stick with hydraulic or hybrid," according to Nissei Plastic Industrial President Hozumi Yoda. "Now that 'hybrid' machines employing our [inverter-driven] X-Pump drive enable energy savings over standard hydraulic machines close to that achievable with all-electrics, the question is more 'Which is the right machine for my application'," he explains. "You might go for an all-electric for a high precision application but a hydraulic machine if extended holding pressure is required."

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