Rapid prototyping accelerates vehicle development at GM

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Rapid prototyping is increasingly helping General Motors accelerate the creative process and reduce the time and money spent on clay modeling and molding of expensive prototype parts for aerodynamic, test track, and on-road evaluations, effectively doubling testing capacity for the OEM over the last two years.

Wood/plastic composites project hopes to turn “DuraPulp” into moldable pellets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Swedish pulp and paper R&D company Innventia has developed a wood-plastic composite based on cellulose pulp and bioplastic PLA. The WPC will enter commercial markets this autumn in the form of composite pulp bales that can be cut, machined or otherwise finished. But so far, Innventia has not figured out how to turn its WPC into an injection moldable pellet.

Solvay makes another solid investment in flexible electronics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay, already the largest minority shareholder in Plextronics, a printed electronics company, has invested another €10 million ($14.5 million) in that company. Solvay says the financing will support the acceleration of Plextronics' technology development and delivery of its products to customers.

BASF upgrades Pudong plant to supply food grade plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier BASF has upgraded the company's engineering plastics compounding facility in Pudong, China, so that now two Ultramid polyamide grades are compounded in China under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions which comply with the European Union (EU) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for food contact.  

Specifically, the supplier is compounding its polyamide 6.6 grades of Ultramid A3K FC and Ultramid A3EG3 FC (15% glass fiber reinforced) under the stringent GMP conditions at the Pudong facility.

Vietnam motorcycle sector gets timely boost

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 25th, 2011

Vietnamese motorcycle production grew by 14% in 2010 to reach 3.51 million units making it the world's fourth largest motorcycle market behind only China, India and Indonesia. Further, year-to-date growth of 13.2% has been recorded in 2011. Buoyed by this strong growth, Honda (Hamamatsu, Japan) has committed to building its third motorcycle plant in the country.

Biodegradable polymer market to reach 2.5 billion lb in five years time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

A 22% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years will push the global biodegradable polymer market from 932 million lb today to 2.5 billion lb in 2016. That finding in a new report on the market, which is expected to enjoy its highest growth over the next 5 years, with the expansion dominated by packaging and fibers.

Bepex to install flake-to-flake PET recycling tech in Vietnam

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

Vietnam's Thanh Tai Gas Co. has ordered a flake-to-flake recycling system that allows for bottle-to-bottle (BtB) production, and the ability to recycle up to 1.5 billion polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Bepex International (Minneapolis, MN) will custom design, fabricate, and deliver the line, its first ever BePET system sold into South East Asia, this year, with the machine installed and fully operational by January 2012. A second parallel line will be plugged in afterwards.

Toxins in packaging tests show inconsistent results

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

A new study assessed the performance of laboratories in measuring the total concentrations of four metals-lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium-in plastics packaging with some surprising results. Four out of the seven laboratories tested reported one or more unacceptable results, with one national lab actually having inaccurate results for five of the eight packaging samples they tested. For the purposes of the survey, a result was considered unacceptable if it varied by more than 25% from the average of all laboratories' results, as well as from an x-ray fluorescent (XRF) analysis.

Fabri-Kal goes green with PLA and PCR lines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

Foodservice packaging firm Fabri-Kal (Kalamazoo, MI) is proactively "greening" its product lines at a time when many varieties of single-use plastics packaging are the target of consumer and regulatory criticism. The company recently revamped its Alur container line, thermoforming it from sheet that's 50% by weight post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

2010 a year of recovery for the global injection molding machine market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

China's output and sales volume of injection molding machines increased by nearly 40% in 2010 over 2009, while the import and export value grew by more than 70%. A new report on the global injection molding machinery market found that Chinese molding machine sales exceeded RMB20 billion ($3 billion) giving it the top rank globally.

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