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Fifty years on, Evco Plastics sees continued growth in medical molding

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 10th, 2014

As we reported last month, Evco Plastics celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Over the course of 50 years, the company has grown from a 1200-sq-ft building in DeForest, WI, to a thriving contract molding enterprise with nine facilities in the United States, Mexico, and China.

Engel to debut processing expertise at Composites Europe 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2014

Injection machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) is presenting its expertise in lightweight composite technologies at the Composites Europe trade fair, which takes place from 7th to 9th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. At Engel's center for lightweight composite technologies, the company co-operates with partner enterprises on developing economical processes for serial production of innovative carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components.

High-strength flax-reinforced biocomposite boasts modulus greater than 6 Gpa

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 9th, 2014

Plastics processors are experiencing increased pressure to use sustainable or renewable thermoplastic materials. In automotive applications and in other applications, one method to meet this challenge has been to use polyolefins filled with short natural fibers for parts that are "not mechanically demanding." Unfortunately, so far, there have been no sustainable or 100% natural biocomposites for performance applications with high mechanical demand according to two organizations that claim to have solved this challenge.

Toshiba Machine opens first service center in Mexico to offer local support

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Toshiba Machine Company America, a major supplier of electric, hydraulic and hybrid injection molding machines, die casting machines and machine tools, has opened their first service center in Mexico. Located in Puerto Interior, Silao, Guanajuato, the new facility will offer local service and support to injection molding and die casting customers throughout the country.

Highlander Partners announces the acquisition of Versatex Building Products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Highlander Partners, L.P., a middle market private investment firm based in Dallas, TX, announced the acquisition of Versatex Building Products. Founded in 2003, Versatex is a Pittsburgh-based provider of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation/remodel markets.

Plastic Technologies looks to help bottle producers reduce their energy costs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2014

There's no doubt that energy costs is a concern in the industry. As such, Plastic Technologies is embarking on an initiative to help bottle producers reduce their energy costs. Stretch blow molding equipment requires a significant amount of energy-both compressed air and electrical-to produce bottles. Creating an effective and efficient process, as well as monitoring and maintaining optimal process settings, can result in significant energy cost reduction, the company stated. These efforts can also help produce containers that meet all of the required quality standards.

Sustainability goes mainstream in chemical industry

By Karen Laird
Published: September 9th, 2014

The results of the latest, most extensive sustainability survey conducted to date are in.  The survey, the third that biotechnology company Genomatica and ICIS, one of the world's leading chemical and energy market information providers, have undertaken together since 2009, drew almost 1,000 respondents, 53% of which at the level of vice president, general manager or above.

Silicon micro-needle patch takes cost, and sting, out of vaccinations

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 9th, 2014

A skin patch with an array of tiny silicon micro-needles could substantially reduce the cost, and practically eliminate the pain, of malaria and other vaccinations. The research, led by immunologist Dr Anne Moore at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, has also led to the development of tiny, pain-free dissolvable needles, reports the Irish Times.

Stratasys announces new thermoplastic material option for 3D printing; new multi-material 3D printers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2014

Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced new multi-material 3D printers, the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet Connex2, featuring the company's unique triple-jetting technology.

Stratasys' triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials such as tough digital ABS.

Carbon fiber-reinforced material used to fabricate world's first 3D-printed vehicle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2014

A fully functional vehicle being 3D-printed from scratch and assembled by automotive design firm Local Motors (Chandler, AZ) in the space of 44 hours is expected to be driven off the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) floor this Saturday. A carbon fiber-reinforced compound supplied by Sabic's Innovative Plastics business is being employed as the build material.

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