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The sky’s the limit for laser-sintered plastics in aerospace

By Tony Deligio
Published: August 26th, 2010

Unmanned vehicle manufacturers are increasingly employing unmanned fabrication techniques to create critical components. Plastics and metal laser-sintering equipment supplier EOS GmbH (Münich) has seized on the opportunity for its "e-manufacturing" technology, watching business within aerospace, which includes unmanned vehicles, grow steadily since the company entered the market in earnest around four years ago. This August, the company again participated in the Assn.

Advanced HDPE plant brought online

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2010

Plastics supplier LyondellBasell, just a few months out of Chapter 11 protection, is moving ahead with strategic growth, adding another 320,000 tonnes of HDPE capacity in Europe. Output from the plant is even better than current bi-modal materials, claims the company.

Injection molding: Chen Hsong tabs Gluco as its partner in U.S., Canada

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2010

Vertical injection molding machine supplier Gluco has announced a partnership with Chen Hsong whereby Gluco will be the Hong Kong-based company's exclusive distributor throughout the United States and Canada.  

Bioplastics supplier strikes European distro deal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2010

The deal has Cereplast starting next month to begin the first shipments for what it says is a "multi-million dollar contract" which will offer European plastics processors access to the supplier's Compostable 3000 film grade through it new European partner, RI.ME. Masterbatch.

Janeczkos donate more than $1 million for plastics engineering scholarships

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2010

Charllotte and Bob Janeczko, owners of custom injection molder i2tech, donated the money to their alma mater to fund at least four plastics engineering scholarships annually. The donation is especally significant for the University of Wisconsin-Stout, beneficiary of their good will, as it only began offering a Bachelor of Science plastics engineering program in fall 2008.

Plastic bag pioneer sets our record straight

By MPW Staff
Published: August 25th, 2010

In the April issue of MPW, our Notable Processors feature included a profile of Leon Farahnik, noting "he started a new company that eventually grew into Hilex-Poly, the world's largest processor of plastic shopping bags, leading the transition from paper to plastic bags at the country's grocery stores." Respectfully taking issue with the verb "leading" is Bob "Bagsy" Siegel.

Rewriting valve gate rules, doubling production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2010

Mold Hotrunner Solutions (MHS) introduces Rheo-Pro iVG, an innovation the company claims is the world’s most compact back-to-back valve gate hot runner system. The new iVG is the first and only internal valve gate on the market, claims MHS. Its patented design completely “rewrites the rules” of valve gating technology and opens up endless new possibilities for high-cavity stack molds, swivel molds, and multi-material injection molds.

Slim blowmolded pack innovates way through postal regulations

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 25th, 2010

A plastic package for sending mail-order vitamins and similar products through standard letter post, rather than the more expensive parcel post, has been introduced. The blowmolded HDPE package, with its width-to-depth ratio of more than 4:1, created a significant technical challenge for the processor, RPC Containers.

LyondellBasell expands rotomolding offerings

By MPW Staff
Published: August 25th, 2010

LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has launched two new pre-colored rotational molding resins that provide good cold-temperature impact performance and environmental stress-cracking resistance. The Lupolen 3621 M RM Black and Lupolen 4021 K RM Black high-density polyethylene (HDPE) compounds are suited for industrial fuel tanks, technical parts, and underground waste and sewage systems. The company noted that next to natural, black is the most commonly used color in rotomolding applications.

Processors join forces to tilt at offshore wind energy project

By MPW Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

Two plastics processors with plenty of "green cred" filed a joint petition to stop construction of an offshore wind energy facility. The clash in Rhode Island has made allies of the two processors, Toray Plastics and PolyTop, as well as a local environmental group, the Rhode Island chapter of the Conservation Law Foundation, which also has filed an appeal to halt building of the new site.

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