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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.

OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer remains optimistic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 4th, 2010

The May 2010 Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. Automotive Supplier Barometer shows that generally suppliers are optimistic about 2010, but they have learned some lessons from the 2008-2009 period. One of those is “to run lean and gain efficiencies” in both processes and operations. With production volumes up at the major automakers, many are now starting to re-staff both in hourly and salaried positions, but doing so carefully. Most suppliers made “broad and deep reductions of salaries, bonus pools, 401(k) contributions and merit pools,” said the OESA report.

Smells like you need a new helmet

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 4th, 2010

Odoriferous oils enclosed in microcapsules will release a pungent odor if the plastics they're contained in develops small cracks, a potentially life-saving attribute when the plastics are applied in a crash helmet.

ACH and RAPAC giving EPS a good wrap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2010

ACH Foam Technologies has rolled out its newest packaging, WineLoc wine shipping containers, made from 60% recycled content. WineLoc packaging uses EcoSix, a recycled molding bead manufactured by RAPAC, which offers superior protection, making it one of the most efficient packaging materials for the wine industry, according to ACH Foam (Denver, CO).

Carbon fiber teams up with PEI in tray table arms

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2010

The tray table may be plastic in today's aircraft, but the arms used to lower it come meal service time are aluminum. That could one day change through a development in reinforced thermoplastic technology pioneered by Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) that promises substantial weight savings.

Getting to grips with tiny fragile parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2010

Plastic molded components that are small, fragile, or have an irregular shape can be handled with ease using the Internal Diameter Gripper (IDG) 16-26-33 from >SAS< Automation (Xenia, OH).

American Chemistry Council slams California grocery bag bill

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Reacting to a bill outlawing plastic bags at grocery stores while levying a charge on paper bags, which was approved on June 2 by the California Assembly, Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council in Sacramento, CA sharply criticized it for adding to the general tax burden and for its potentially negative impact on the growing recycling efforts in the state.

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