Plastics compounds: Teknor Apex goes global with rigid vinyl compounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2011

The supplier of custom and standard compounds has long offered ones for flexible vinyl applications in the U.S. and rigid ones through its Teknor Apex Asia Pacific subsidiary. During the Plast-Ex show in Toronto, Canada, June 21-23, the company will formally announce the availability of a new range of rigid PVC compounds to processors globally.

New officers for Italy’s Assocomaplast, better results for the members

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2011

During its annual assembly earlier this month, the members of As­socomaplast, Italy's trade association for manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery, equipment and molds, elected new officers, voted to fund a global marketing program for Italian machinery, and talked about its members' cumulative sales figures for the first quarter of the year. So far, so good in 2011 for Italy's machine makers.

Fireproof PPE beads expand foam application sphere

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2011

Automotive and electronics are top of the list for potential applications of a new expanded bead grade of modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) recently developed by Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp. (Tokyo).

UV-curable plastic makes self-healing sensor possible

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2011

Sensors that measure the strain or forces exerted on materials in everything from airplanes to civil infrastructure have one vital flaw; they can break under stress rendering themselves useless but not necessarily the material they were monitoring.

Blowmolder installs first ProShape system for plastics packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2011

Plastics processor APPE is the first to install one of the ProShape stretch blow molding systems developed and marketed by beverage packaging machinery specialist Krones. ProShape is a module for alignment and responsive temperature control for out-of-the-ordinary performs, added to the established heating and stretch blowmolding technology of the manufacturer's Contiform series, to ensure even these oddball preforms are appropriately pre-conditioned.

HDPE medical, molding grade speeds into molds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2011

Borealis HDPE for medical applications
The new grade's high MFR makes it a likely one for syringe plungers and other long parts.

Automotive industry CEOs “Very Confident” about growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2011

Could the confidence of automotive executives trickle down in the form of new orders and projects to the plastics processing and moldmaking industries? By all reports, and with investment in injection molding machines and other equipment up sharply, some of it already has. With the automotive industry rebounding and growth on the horizon, PricewaterhouseCoopers' Autofacts Q1 2011 survey of 50 automotive CEOs in 20 countries shows that most believe the worst is over. PwC Autofacts predicts that global light vehicle production will increase by 26.8 million units from 2010 to 2017.

Autoliv slates Brazilian steering wheel expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2011

Leading automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv Inc. (Stockholm, Sweden) is investing $9 million at its production facility in Taubaté near Sao Paulo in Brazil to double its steering wheel molding and assembly capacity to more than one million units annually. This will consolidate its position as leading supplier in the region.

Formable fabric lowers cost and production barriers for composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2011

Pepin Associates says its formable, aligned, discontinuous fiber fabric will help lower the cost barrier for carbon-fiber applications. The company says that thanks to their high strength-to-weight ratios fiber-reinforced materials are particularly appealing for the aviation and automotive industries, but the high-cost of carbon fiber and the limits of mass production of fiber-reinforced materials that require lay-up continue to stymie composites.

Genomatica a step closer to biobased butanediol for use in polyesters and polyurethanes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 15th, 2011

Genomatica (San Diego, CA) successfully produced bio-based butanediol (BDO) in its first demonstration-scale fermentation, calling the achievement a "milestone on our rapid path to commercialization." Genomatica and its project partner, Tate & Lyle, utilized that company's 13,000-liter tank in Decatur, IL to produce BDO by using genetically engineered E. coli that metabolize sugar into 1,4-butanediol.

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