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Bayer promotes technology that converts carbon dioxide into PUR

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) is partnering with the country’s largest utility and Aachen University to utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key raw material in the production of polyether polycarbonate polyols (PPPs) that can then be processed into polyurethanes.

Process chemically reverts PUR back to polyol

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

InfiChem Polymers LLC is working toward commercializing its proprietary technology to convert polyurethane scrap foam into new green polyols that are suitable to create new polyurethanes. In 2009, ICP completed the construction and validation of its first production facility located in Sterling Heights, MI. That announcement marked the culmination of research for the Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) between the Dept.

Industramark parent acquires IML firm Fusion Graphics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 7th, 2010

Further consolidation occurs in the label market as a new player in the industry buys a long-time label maker.

United States International Trade Commission investigating IP infringements

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 7th, 2010

A number of years ago, the USTIC worked closely with the American Mold Builders Assn. and other metal fabricating trade groups on an investigation into dumping of tools, molds, and dies from foreign countries, specifically China. Dennis Fravel, the analyst who headed up that study, is now working on a USITC study on infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in China. Fravel covers the tool-and-die industry, machine tools, and some other industries, and is requesting input from manufacturers in this industry who have had problems.

Johnson Controls undeterred in Visteon pursuit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

Visteon Corp.’s board voted unanimously to reject the unsolicited offer from JCI for Visteon’s electronics and interiors businesses, and continue working to emerge from bankruptcy as an independent company, according to a statement released from Visteon on June 1. The primary reason given was that it would hurt the company’s creditors.

Low-warpage LCP delivers productivity gains with precision

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 7th, 2010

Electronic interconnect manufacturer Samtec Inc. (New Albany, IN) has optimized the production of one of its largest-volume electronic connector series by switching to Vectra E488i, a low-warpage liquid crystal polymer (LCP) grade that is part of a portfolio of V-0 halogen-free polymers from Ticona Engineering Polymers (Kelsterbach, Germany).

China XD Plastics announces new R&D center for compound creation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2010

Chinese compounder China XD Plastics Company Ltd. (Harbin) announced plans to establish a new research center to provide technical support of existing products and research and development capabilities for new modified plastics. Located in Harbin Economic and Technology Development District, China XD says the center will be fully operational in early 2011. The company will hire new R&D personnel, add equipment, and expand the facility's infrastructure.

Source molds from Asia and protect your IP? It can be done

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 7th, 2010

Conventional wisdom says it’s tough in the North American mold manufacturing business these days, particularly with so much competition from Asia. But some toolmakers have found a way to offer the “China price” and keep control over quality.

Antistatic additives conduct at a new level

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 7th, 2010

Inherently dissipative polymers (IDPs) are widely used as permanent antistatic additives in a large range of polymer matrices in many different applications where they serve to prevent electrostatic discharge and dust attraction. The latest offerings from Arkema are said to take performance that extra ohm.

MVR granted FDA approval, announces plans for new Kentucky plant

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 4th, 2010

Resin supplier MVR (Boca Raton, FL) has been granted non-alcoholic food-contact clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its recycled polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) resins in thermoformed or injection molded items. With that certification in hand, the company also announced plans to ramp up production with a commercial-scale facility in Kentucky.

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