IPF show: Japan receives boosts in PEEK sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 2nd, 2011

Enhanced technical support and local compounding capacity look set to provide a boost for polyetheretherketone (PEEK) application in Japan. The country will consume an estimated 300 tonnes of the resin in 2011 according to Daicel Evonik Ltd. (Tokyo), with the automotive and electronics sectors accounting for 32% each. Semiconductor equipment, meanwhile, accounts for 22% of demand in Japan.

MedPlast targets acquisitions in Latin America, Asia

By Doug Smock
Published: November 2nd, 2011

Three-year-old MedPlast (Tempe, AZ) is looking for acquisition candidates in healthcare contract manufacturing in Latin America and Asia, and hopes to expand its global footprint within two years.

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Former Milacron President Harold Faig.

IPF show report: more options for high-gloss surface finish

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 1st, 2011

Rapid Heat Cycle Molding (RHCM) received a performance boost at the recent IPF Show in Japan with the announcement of the availability of a "dual controller" option for the processing technology for producing high gloss surface finishes.

Green Matter: Taming the PHB bug

By Karen Laird
Published: November 1st, 2011

There's an old joke that goes: What did the male bacteria say to the female bacteria? Who needs biology when we have chemistry...Today, it looks as if the microbes may actually need both, at least when it comes to producing the bioplastic known as poly-3-hydroxybutyrate, or PHB.

Bioresorbable polymeric stents near clinical stage

By Doug Smock
Published: November 1st, 2011

After more than 20 years of development, bioresorbable coronary stents are close to commercialization, setting up what is sure to be a hotly contested battle for a multi-billion dollar market.

IPF show: Niigata gets into extruders

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 1st, 2011

A compounding extruder solution for developing innovative plastic blends and alloys has come from an unlikely quarter in Niigata Machine Techno (Niigata, Japan), best known as a manufacturer of injection molding machinery and metal machining centers. The High-Shear Processing Extruder was unveiled at the recent IPF show in Japan.

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.

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