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Bayer inaugurates functional films research center

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 24th, 2010

"Developing technological applications for future electronics" is the primary mission of a new research facility set up by Bayer MaterialsScience in Singapore.

Using self-developed material technologies, Bayer MaterialScience will pursue joint projects at the center with collaboration partners to create advanced technological breakthroughs in electronics. These include functional films that can be applied to flexible screens and 3D displays, and nanomaterials like conductive inks used in printed electronics or energy-efficient lighting technologies.

EnterpriseIQ on your BlackBerry

By IMM Staff
Published: June 24th, 2010

IQMS (Paso Robles, CA) users can now manage and view their CRM, work flow, inventory, customer pricing, sales orders, capable to promise (CTP), shop-floor production information, and more from their BlackBerries. IQMS developed the application to meet the needs of the growing portion of its customer base that use the mobile devices to connect to the office while they're on the road.

New flame-retardant grades for molding light-colored E/E products

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 24th, 2010

New grades of halogen-free flame-retardant polyamides (PA) and polybutylene terephthalates (PBT) are available in light natural colors—no red phosphorous here—so that processors of these can process electrical components in all color tones.

Executive Roundtable: What can be done about the looming skilled-labor shortage?

By John Clark
Published: June 23rd, 2010

One question we put to the Roundtable participants in light of the recession and halting job growth in the U.S., was “Do you see jobs coming back in the plastics industry?” Perhaps of more concern to all involved, such that the topic rose organically in both sessions, is the looming shortage of skilled labor in the U.S. manufacturing base, and what, if anything, can be done about it. Here’s the conversation.

Packaging consolidation: Irving Place Capital acquires Mold-Rite

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

"The acquisition of Mold-Rite is an exciting development for IPC's packaging effort," said Phil Carpenter, a senior managing director at middle market private equity firm Irving Place Capital (IPC), regarding the acquisition of the closure and jar molder based in Plattsburgh, NY.

Brazilian plastics machinery market offers opportunity for domestic firms, imports

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 23rd, 2010

A reduction in interest rates, assistance from the country's national development bank, and booming domestic demand are lifting Brazilian manufacturers of plastics processing equipment, even as a stronger Real impacts its export potential and Chinese machine makers target Brazilian converters.

The AMBA goes to Washington

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 23rd, 2010

Are you in the moldmaking business and want to have a word with your Congress person? Then you need to go to Washington, DC with the AMBA.

Scratchproof coating works even after thermoforming

By MPW Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

This supplier of polycarbonate has developed a new hardcoated film that, despite its scratchproof coating, can be shaped three-dimensionally. The film produces 3D component surfaces with a deep-gloss finish and supposedly outstanding abrasion resistance.

Bayer scratchproof coating for polycarbonate

Techmer buys melt additive line from BASF; subsidiary recognized by customer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has sold its hydrophilic melt additives business to Techmer PM LLC (Clinton, TN) after a strategic portfolio review completed following its acquisition of Ciba Plastic Additives. Techmer, which manufactures colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, said in a release that the Irgasurf HL products complement its existing product line and strong presence in the fibers and nonwoven markets.

Quantifying environmental benefits of auto weight reduction

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Cutting weight from cars has to help the environment by reducing emissions and increasing mileage, right? Trexel decided to find out just how much good its MuCell microcellular foam can do, and hired an environmental firm to spell it out. As it happens, they only need capital letters.

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