Synthetic fiber replacing talc in PP parts

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 12th, 2011

Lower density and improved scratch resistance are two of the key benefits possible when a plastics processor replaces talc fillers with a new reinforcing agent supplied by Milliken. The material actually was introduced last year but since then has started to gain traction, especially in use for automotive interior parts.

Plastics supply: Borealis doubling capacity in Brazil, doubling down on automotive

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 12th, 2011

The polyolefins supplier told PlasticsToday it intends to double its capacity in Brazil, where it runs two plants in a joint venture with Braskem. In other news, the company is investing in personnel and technology to help increase even more the number of polypropylene applications in automotive, including underhood ones.

Talent Talk: Weekly Jobs and Business Blog

By Paul Sturgeon
Published: April 12th, 2011

There is an unprecedented situation in the U.S., which we characterize as a labor surplus, talent shortage. Simply put, the gap is widening between the skill sets that businesses need and the talent pool available. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in the U.S. for those with a bachelor's degree or higher peaked around 5% during the recession, is now around 4%, and is trending back toward its historical average of 2-3%. For those with less than a HS diploma the unemployment rate is about 10 points higher.

Names in the news: Welex, Engel, NASA

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 11th, 2011

Sheet-extrusion technology supplier Welex Inc. announced that company president, Wayne Lewis, will be leaving the company after 31 years, staying on in a transitional period while Welex's parent company, W Bar E Inc., searches for his replacement. Lewis had intended to leave Welex four years ago, but instead stayed on while it undertook construction of its new manufacturing facility in Greenville, NC and several product launches.

Under foot to under hood: Ford applies reclaimed nylon carpet in cylinder head covers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 11th, 2011

Ford Motor's use of reclaimed nylon in cylinder head covers in its Escape, Fusion, Mustang, and F-150 vehicles saved 4.1 million lb of carpet from landfills in 2010. The automaker utilizes Wellman Engineering Resins' EcoLon material, a nylon comprised 100% of recycled carpet, in what it says is the first automotive product of its kind manufactured from post-consumer recycled plastic.

Industry coalition takes on medical plastics recycling

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 11th, 2011

A consortium of companies spanning healthcare, recycling, and waste management have banded together to address plastics recycling in the healthcare market, considering the issue from product design and manufacturing through product use, disposal, and reclaim. The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), which draws members from medical and waste luminaries such as Becton Dickinson and Co.

Antimicrobial polymer takes on superbugs, biodegrades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 11th, 2011

A new line of biodegradable polymer nanoparticles can be used to combat drug-resistant bacteria without destroying healthy red blood cells. The antimicrobial polymers inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria without causing hemolysis in the blood, and since low concentrations are required, the polymers do so without promoting significant toxicity.

Best practices for mold manufacturers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 10th, 2011

Care to learn what the top mold manufacturers do to be successful? A few shared their secrets at the recent AMBA Annual Convention.

Successful mold manufacturers make continual improvement a part of their business practices. A few shared their best practices in the Best Practices for Moldmakers session at the recent annual convention of the American Mold Builders Association.

As new quake shakes Japan, Toyota lays out production plans in Asia, North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2011

On the same day that a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the island nation anew and not yet one month after the devastating 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, Toyota announced plans to renew production at all its Japanese vehicle-production facilities from April 18-27 at around 50% capacity. The company also announced on April 8 that its North American vehicle plants would operate on a reduced schedule over the next few weeks, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25 (Toyota said its Georgetown, KY plant will still build vehicles on April 21).

Suppliers cut off deliveries to Saab

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 8th, 2011

Major suppliers to Swedish auto maker Saab, including automotive plastics injection molder International Automotive Components (IAC), have suspended production and cut deliveries to the company in the wake of Saab's cash flow problems, said SupplierBusiness, an IHS Global Insight company.

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