Mexico City bag ban piques PLA interest

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 24th, 2011

Extrusion equipment supplier Ghioldi set up and ran polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic on a blown-film line at the recent Plastimagen event, looking to capitalize on the local market's interest in biodegradable bags, spurred in part by an on again off again plastic bag ban. "We see a lot of interest in Mexico," explained Filippo Ghioldi. "No one really knows what biodegradable, oxodegradable, etc.

Penn State Erie Offers First-Ever Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: October 24th, 2011

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College is establishing a Medical Plastics Center (MPC) in Erie, Pennsylvania, in response to growing demand for plastics engineers in the healthcare field.

Plastics offer all-round advantages in new-generation vehicles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 23rd, 2011

The focus at the Lanxess (Leverkusen, Germany) stand at the recent Fakuma show in Friedrichshafen, Germany was on lightweight construction solutions for vehicles and flame-retardant materials for electromobility.

Present at their signing, SPI praises new trade pacts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 21st, 2011

On hand for the signing of the bills in the Oval Office as well as the discussion of the new trade pacts from the White House Rose Garden, Society of the Plastics Industry's (SPI) Bill Carteaux and Jon Kurrle joined President Barack Obama in praising newly enacted trade deals with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia.

Polyamide truck oil pans stand up to stone chips, and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2011

Oil pans fitted in the 12.8-liter Euro 6 engines for the Mercedes Actros from Daimler boast impressive dimensions of up to 120 cm long, 40 cm wide and 35 cm deep. To date, they are the largest engine oil pans for trucks to be made of polyamide (PA) 6 and 66.

PC/ABS auto roof element brings plastic into horizontal dimension

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2011

A new application of polycarbonate-ABS blends (PC+ABS) is premiering together with the new Mercedes SLK. The base version of the convertible is equipped with an electrohydraulic vario roof system having a roughly 0.8-square-meter roof element of Bayblend T85 XF from Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany).

Polyamide composite sheet shapes up as weight saver

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 20th, 2011

Lanxess (Leverkusen, Germany) is expanding its leading position in fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites for lightweight construction applications. Extensive investments have already been made ranging from development of custom materials such as polyamide (PA) composite sheets, through development of simulation methods and the determination of characteristic material values, to component testing. Further, project management is being expanded to support both Lanxess customers and their customers in developing innovative composite components.

Scrub nurse’s idea taking form in thermoformed surgical tray

By Doug Smock
Published: October 20th, 2011

As a private scrub nurse for a general surgeon, Sharon Smith noticed a loss in operating room productivity due to time spent manually setting up and breaking down major instrument kits for surgery.

What you won’t do to keep your customers

By Bill Tobin
Published: October 20th, 2011

Although they'll tell you differently, buyers only want a steady stream of acceptable quality parts. Stripped to its essence this is why a customer does business with you.  Kindly notice I didn't mention "low cost." The most common excuse my clients tell me for bad business practices is they need them to keep their existing customers base. Here are some "games" suppliers get sucked into as willing participants and knowingly lose money "in order to keep our customers."

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Green Matter: Losing weight on a high fiber diet

By Karen Laird
Published: October 20th, 2011

Coconuts, bananas, flax, bamboo and a host of other fibers are today's newest natural weight loss aids.  For cars, that is. Once relegated to the lunatic eco-fringe, it now looks as if natural fibers are finally getting ready to come into their own as reinforcing materials in composite polymers.

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