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With new line, Russian pipe extruder extends its own, and country's, large-diameter capability

By MPW Staff
Published: November 19th, 2010

The supplier of the equipment, battenfeld-cincinnati, says the purchase by Russian pipe processor ZAO Tehstroi will be the first installation in the country of an extrusion line for large high-pressure plastic pipe.

Unilever’s new sustainable packaging goals bad for PVC, challenge bioplastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 19th, 2010

Unilever, one of the world's largest brand owners of FMCGs, plans to reduce its product packaging weight by a third in the next 10 years and do away with PVC as much as possible by 2012. Bioplastics are of interest but not yet truly viable nor particularly sustainable, it says.

Redesign: Out with sheet metal, in with plastics, and way, way up with the savings

By MPW Staff
Published: November 19th, 2010

Don't just demand lower prices from your suppliers, learn where their costs are created and then help them reduce those. That's the moral of this story, in which a mechanical engineer at a veterinary device manufacturer used DFMA software and worked with his injection molding supplier, PTA Corp., to turn 43 parts into a single injection molding, consolidated 30 other parts into just four plastics ones, all courtesy of a mammoth metal-to-plastic conversion.

Wacker and Dow Corning inaugurate new Chinese silicone facility

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 18th, 2010

Wacker Chemie AG and Dow Corning Corp. inaugurated their joint integrated silicone manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, China, investing $1.8 billion in the 1 million m2 facility, which they call one of China's and the world's largest integrated silicone production sites. Featuring jointly owned siloxane and pyrogenic silica plants, the site also has independently owned and operated finished silicone production operations.

Glif iPhone accessory highlights new product funding, development model

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 18th, 2010

iPhone accessories can be big business, a fact not lost on two entrepreneurs who devised an injection molded tripod/kickstand for Apple's ubiquitous digital device and were quickly inundated with startup funding.

Primer on conductive plastics: Things to consider as you specify these materials

By MPW Staff
Published: November 18th, 2010

Conductive plastics are developed by compounding thermoplastics with electrically conductive materials such as carbon or steel fibers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphite, and other additives to enhance the dispersion of the conductive materials into the polymeric matrix. The result is to give conductive properties to some plastics that normally are isolators.

Bayer invests big in new plastics projects in China

By MPW Staff
Published: November 17th, 2010

The chemicals and plastics supplier intends to invest €110 million in projects designed to help increase its presence in the China's plastics industry. The funds will go towards PUR systems houses, a PC sheet extrusion plant, and a PC color compounding capacity and design center.

Jabil adds Class 100,000 cleanroom to Florida manufacturing site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

Jabil's Healthcare & Life Sciences division has opened a Class 100,000 cleanroom at its St. Petersburg, FL headquarters for the rapid prototyping of disposable medical devices. Calling the room a "mini factory" with the same assembly capabilities and processes used in its manufacturing plants, Jabil believes the investment will help customers translate new concepts into parts in a shorter amount of time.

Project seeks processors’ help to develop graphene-filled compounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

Processors, and especially those active in the automotive and consumer goods sectors, have the opportunity to join a project to demonstrate how the mechanical, electrical, thermal and barrier properties of thermoplastics can be improved by introducing graphene to the material. Twelve companies and four research institutes already are participating. Companies would have input into the specification of properties, applications, and markets.

Cereplast and Metabolix earnings reports show promise, challenge of bioplastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 16th, 2010

The third-quarter earnings reports of bioplastics two publicly traded companies—Cereplast and Metabolix—highlight the huge potential of the market, as well as the hardships to be endured while production and product development ramp up. Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) posted record sales and gross profits in the third quarter, boosted by a 10-point increase in margins and the consummation of two large deals.

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