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Laser bonding advances thermoplastic composites

By MPW Staff
Published: April 5th, 2010

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a method for crafting and bonding fiber-reinforced composites with lasers, obviating tradition matting and resin infusion steps. Fraunhofer will unveil the technology at the JEC Composites Show 2010 (April13-15; Paris) showing a method to fully automate production of components from fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.

Upscale Italian ice cream chain favors its flavors in bioplastic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 5th, 2010

Think Ben & Jerry's in its early days, give it an Italian spin and you have ice cream manufacturer Grom, small but spiffy with 38 stores in Italy and seven in the world's glamour capitals of New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo. The company has opted to do away with standard thermoplastics in its packaging and instead has tasked bioplastics supplier Novamont (Novara, Italy) with supplying material for its spoons, carryout bags, and carton liners.

Nanotech: big-picture fail?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 2nd, 2010

While the U.S. government’s 10-year-old program for nurturing the young science of nanotechnology has been highly successful, the nation’s leadership in this nascent industry is being threatened by several aggressively investing competitors such as China, South Korea, and the European Union. That’s according to a new report by an independent research firm prepared for the president and Congress.

LSR molding the focus of free seminars

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2010

Two free, upcoming seminars—one at a processor, the other a molding machine maker—offer opportunities for injection molders to learn more about processing liquid silicone rubber (LSR), a material seeing increased use in conjunction with greater demand in medical applications, as well as automotive and other markets.

Royal Plastics buys into laser sintering

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 2nd, 2010

Royal Plastic Manufacturing (Minden, NE) is noted for its manufacture of advanced composite products for the aerospace industry. Parts from Royal Plastic can be found on the space shuttle, Apache helicopter, F-15 and F-18 fighter jets, the V-22 Osprey and more. To expand its offerings, the company just purchased an EOSINT P 800 laser-sintering machine from EOS. Royal will use the P 800 to manufacture high-performance thermoplastic products out of EOS’ PEEK HP3 material.

Fiberforge opens Swiss office, leverages European thermoplastic composite interest

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2010

Advanced thermoplastic composite company Fiberforge Corp. (Glenwood Springs, CO) has opened an engineering and sales office in Baar, Switzerland, saying it hopes to tap into Europe's world-leading adoption of thermoplastic composites in the automotive, aerospace, and renewable energy industries.

Plasma system helps reduce CoF on medical parts and more

By MPW Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2010

A new addition to Plasmatech's line of low-pressure gas plasma systems is designed to help processors of medical parts reduce tackiness, or drag, of rubber and elastomeric surfaces. Called the AL400-D GAS plasma system, it deposits a lubricious, low-coefficient-of-friction (CoF) coating on bulk medical components. The coating also repels lint and other contaminants on silicone components. Coating thickness is typically under a micron and does not affect the physical or bulk properties of the material.     

Unprecedented realignment underway in global petrochemicals

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 1st, 2010

Traditional oil majors pushed to the sidelines, rising "petronationalism," and the increasing importance of the developing world both for its resources and market potential are just some of the factors reshaping the global energy industry and its downstream accompaniment—petrochemicals and plastics.

Ouch! Price hikes aplenty

By MPW Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

It is hardly a complete list as there no doubt are more price hikes, announced and unannounced, that we may have overlooked, or ones still to be announced. Here, though, is a roundup of at least some of the announced price increases for plastics. Even if your material isn't mentioned, the trend is broad-based and clear as polycarbonate: prices will rise.

Solo buys InnoWare Plastic for $24 million

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

Solo Cup Company (Lake Forest, IL) has acquired take-out container manufacturer InnoWare Plastic Inc. (Thomaston, GA) in a stock-purchase agreement valued at $24 million. Solo, which manufactures single-use products to serve food and beverages, purchased the maker of disposable foodservice products from its private equity investor, Norwest Equity Partners (Minneapolis, MN).

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