New BMW series boast CFRP-derived weight savings

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 19th, 2015

Extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, of the new BMW 7 Series means the line-up will tip the scales up to 130 kg lighter than the outgoing generation of models.

All-in-one-surgery concept wins Startup Competition at 3D Printing Conference and Expo

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 19th, 2015

Osiris Biomed 3D (New York and Lexington, KY), a startup that plans to offer 3D-printed patient-specific implants made in real-time from medical scans using proprietary software, got a big vote of confidence for its project at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York last week. The company prevailed over four other firms to win the event's Startup Competition on April 16. Although there is no monetary prize attached to the award, it "gets the word out about our company and product offering," said COO Christopher Gerstle.

Sinking spirits: New U-boat cocktail-in-a-bottle does the trick

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2015

For decades, the U-boat, a cocktail drink that can sink the unwary, was available only in select restaurants and pubs. The reason was simple: In its classic form, a U-boat is prepared by filling a schnapps glass with high-proof spirits and dropping this into a glass with soda. Cocktails made in this way, known as bomb shots, were therefore impossible to order in clubs, bars or similar types of hostelries where drinks are dispensed only in bottles.

Foster distributes high-strength polyamide to North American medical manufacturers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2015

Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT) specializing in the distribution of medical polymers and additives, has partnered with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (New York) to distribute MX nylon to the North American medical market. MX nylon, a meta-xylene diamine polyamide, offers mechanical and barrier properties suitable for molded components and devices, and for use in medical packaging applications.

Metallocene PP material targets foam, large thermoforming applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2015

Japan Polypropylene (JPP) has launched a high melt strength polypropylene (PP) resin dubbed Waymax which consists of a reactor-produced long chain branched (LCB) material based on proprietary catalyst and polymerization technologies.
According to the supplier, existing LCB-PPs are primarily produced via "post-reactor" modification and have some drawbacks such as fish-eye and recyclability. JPP, however, has succeeded in introducing LCB structure into the polymer chain using a metallocene catalyst.

Coca-Cola to show 100% biobased PlantBottles at Expo Milano 2015

By Karen Laird
Published: April 16th, 2015

The Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta, GA) has long been a leader in the field of biobased packaging. Starting in 2009, when it introduced its first PlantBottle, the company has steadily worked to expand and further develop this technology, with as ultimate goal by 2020: over three billion servings of its products a day, and PlantBottle technology for its entire virgin PET supply, said Klaus Stadler, responsible for the Environmental Sustainability agenda in Coca-Cola's European Business Group, at the Eighth International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany.

Invista says market is slowly warming up to biobased Lycra fiber

By Karen Laird
Published: April 16th, 2015

Invista (Wichita, KS) takes sustainability seriously. The company established its Planet Agenda sustainability program some years ago, with the aim of developing and marketing competitive products with an enhanced environmental performance and that used fewer resources while meeting the needs of the apparel markets. In line with that aim, Invista last year announced the development of a bio-derived spandex yarn that would be rolled out globally for the autumn/winter 2015 and spring/summer 2016 apparel collections.

Climb every mountain . . . with biobased EcoPaxx

By Karen Laird
Published: April 16th, 2015

EcoPaxx, the biobased polyamide produced by Royal DSM (Heerlen, Netherlands), the global life sciences and material sciences company, will soon be scaling new heights. Sports equipment manufacturer Salomon (Annecy, France) has chosen EcoPaXX for the Edging Chassis of its innovative new mountaineering shoe.

IVD market poised for solid growth in Asia-Pacific region

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2015

Despite regulatory roadblocks and nagging reimbursement issues, the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market is expected to grow at a nearly 5.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach a value of $74.65 billion by 2020, according to a market report published by Allied Market Research (Portland, OR). The sector currently is valued at approximately $55 billion.

Plastics reduce weight aloft, differentiate airline brands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2015

As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes.

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