Acquisition helps Eastman meet demand for non-phthalate plasticizers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Eastman Chemical Company has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Sterling Chemicals Inc. for $100 million in cash. Among other plans, Eastman says it will modify and restart Sterling's idled plasticizer manufacturing facility to produce non-phthalate plasticizers. Phthalate plasticizers, used to soften PVC, have been under regulatory scrutiny after some research has shown certain ones may be hormone disruptors.

Vehicle energy recovery hits the road

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 23rd, 2011

Decelerating vehicles lose notable amounts of kinetic energy as heat when the brakes are applied, thus wasting precious fossil fuels. Hybrid vehicles and Formula 1 racecars have the ability to recover part of this energy through the use of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) but in the future, conventional vehicles may be able to contribute to energy conservation as a technology known as MotionPower literally hits the road.

Solvay plans large specialty plastics plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay announced it will invest some €120 million ($172.5 million) in a new plant for the production of specialty plastics polyvinylidene fluoride and fluoroelastomers, plus the vinylidene fluoride monomer used to make them. Typical end use products for fluoroelastomers include O-rings, seals, gaskets and complex molded parts in highly aggressive chemical climates-think of underhood automotive parts.

Class in session at Currier Plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

Plastics processors and the associations representing them know they need to work with young people to generate interest in manufacturing. There are many ways to help seed the next generation of processors, but certainly inviting them into your plant is a good start. That's been the case at Currier Plastics for more than a decade.

Genesis begins new collaboration with plastic compounds’ supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

Last October contract manufacturer Genesis Plastics Welding formed a collaboration with plastics compounder PolyOne to optimize radio frequency (RF) plastics welding of that supplier's thermoplastic elastomers, with an eye on the medical device industry. This month Genesis announced a second such collaboration, this time with plastics compounder Teknor Apex, but again focused on TPEs and the medical market.

Plastics in the air: New material could replace stretched acrylic in airplane windows

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2011

This week's Paris Air Show was the launch pad for a new breed of plastic airplane passenger-cabin windows, with the supplier, who developed the material used and manufactured the windows, claiming it offers improved craze-resistance and performance compared to the incumbent material, stretched acrylic.

Green light for Johnson Controls' seat acquisitions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

Johnson Controls, Inc., (Milwaukee, WI), has received approval from European Commission anti-trust authorities to proceed with its acquisition of seat recliner systems maker Keiper and custom seat manufacturer Recaro Automotive (both Kaiserslautern, Germany). The acquisition was announced on January 3, 2011.

Processor inks agreement to guarantee carbon fiber supply

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

Carbon fiber supply agreements aren't just for German carmakers. Composite plastics processor TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a five-year supply agreement with Toray Industries to guarantee the processor's supply of carbon fiber.

Product Watch: Injection molding tools of the trade

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

In this iteration of Product Watch we look at a new range of bushings from Hasco, Sulzer's new mixing nozzle for residence time-critical plastics, and a new tool to help processors measure color on their parts.

Names in the News: IDES, Wittmann Battenfeld, Beaumont Tech. and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2011

Happy 25th birthday to IDES, the Web-based database of plastics data sheets. Wittmann Battenfeld has a new boss in Denmark, Kreyenborg expands its HQ and Zenith Cutter is acquired. Congrats to Beaumont Technologies, now a Certified Expert Moldflow Insight Consultant.

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