“This new offering will enable us to cost-effectively compete in the thermoplastic elastomer space, which is one of the fastest-growing segments in the plastics industry,” said John Jorgensen, President of Conventus Polymers (Parsippany, NJ).
When their benefits are taken into consideration—weather, insect and rot resistance and a useful life of about 25 years with little to no maintenance—plastic lumber and wood-plastic composites can be very cost effective.
The business relationship between KraussMaffei (Florence, KY) and Alpha Systems LLC (Elkhart, IN) dates back to 2013, when Alpha Systems started replacing equipment to upgrade its molding operations. It currently runs five KraussMaffei injection molding machines ranging from 50 to 1600 metric tons.
Brazilian resin supplier Braskem has introduced an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer derived from sugarcane. The first application of the material is in flip-flop footwear developed by San Francisco-based Allbirds, which has attracted investment from Leonardo DiCaprio.
Architecture and design magazine Dezeen and Mini Living have teamed up to launch a competition to design the home of the future. That reminded me of another home of the future, circa 1957, at then 2-year-old Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
The outstanding properties of PMMA have enabled the construction of massive aquariums, which have become some of the most popular attractions in the world. To prevent sudden, catastrophic failure, however, engineers need to have a thorough understanding of the material’s drawbacks.