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PlasticsToday 08/16/2019 13:50
Custom injection molder PTA Plastics (Longmont, CO) announced that it is one of the first companies in the country to receive MedAccred Plastics Injection Molding accreditation, following a pilot with MedAccred in Plastics Mechanical Assembly. As in PlasticsToday in June 2016, MedAccred (Warrendale, PA) is a medtech-industry-managed program that provides supply chain oversight via standardized audit criteria.
PlasticsToday 08/16/2019 11:05
The nationwide labor shortage and skills gap in the manufacturing sector hits a company like GW Plastics (Bethel, VT) especially hard. Located in the rural Green Mountains of Vermont and determined to remain in the state while it continues to grow its international business, GW realized early on that it needed to take preemptive action to maintain a pipeline of skilled, young workers in the region. In 2012, the company began a partnership with Vermont Technical College to develop a curriculum designed to achieve that. In recognition of the company’s contribution to Vermont’s economy since its founding more than 60 years ago, GW Plastics this year was inducted into the Vermont Business Hall of Fame. The company deserves equal praise, however.
PlasticsToday 08/15/2019 21:47
Toray Advanced Composites and BASF have signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes for the automotive and industrial markets. Toray Advanced Composites will produce high quality and affordable CFRT tapes using Ultramid engineering thermoplastics developed and produced by BASF. The fiber manufacturer will reinforce BASF’s Ultramid PA6 (polyamide) resins with either glass fiber or with carbon fiber. “BASF has been a valued partner for Toray Advanced Composites for many years. This new supply agreement strengthens our ability to make the highest quality tapes, affordably, for our customers,” said Keisuke Ishii, Chief Executive Officer of Toray Advanced Composi.
PlasticsToday 08/15/2019 21:32
Lithium-ion batteries constitute an essential component of the electrification of the transport sector. Optimizing weight, size, safety, and efficiency of the batteries is crucial to accelerate electromobility. With its SunForce mPPE (modified polyphenylene ether) particle foam, the Japanese company Asahi Kasei developed a material providing solutions for these challenges. As they show their full performance only at a stable temperature, both heating and cooling units are installed in automotive battery packs, especially for PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and BEVs (battery electric vehicle). However, creating the right temperature environment for the battery consumes a significant amount of energy, which is why optimized thermal m.
PlasticsToday 08/15/2019 21:18
Ineos Styrolution has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 100,000-tonnes/year ASA (acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate) plant in Bayport, Texas. The development of the new site is part of a bigger expansion plan for the Americas, which includes increased ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) capacity at the Altamira site in Mexico, while transitioning ASA production to the new site in Bayport. Ground has been broken on a 100,000-tonnes/yr ASA plant in Bayport, Texas. The new site location was selected based upon its easy access to raw materials, being adjacent to the Ineos Styrolution’s styrene monomer plant, low-cost utilities and proximity to major customer markets. The new site is expected to be operational by 2021. The groundbreakin.
PlasticsToday 08/15/2019 10:12
The latest upgrade to the SmartServices monitoring platform for auxiliary equipment from Conair (Stamford, CT) gives users greater control over what they see and how they measure performance. The new centralized machine control and programmable performance indicator features were shaped, in part, by the experience and input of plastics processors running six-month trials with the program, first announced by Conair at NPE 2018. A web-based portal supported by cloud-based data processing, SmartServices helps plastics processors manage data generated by dozens—and into the hundreds—of pieces of plant equipment and produce actionable information. The system collects machine data through a network of compact hubs and transmits the information to.
PlasticsToday 08/14/2019 13:28
The stock market—and some consumers—breathed a collective sigh of relief when President Trump announced a delay in imposing additional 10% tariffs on some consumer goods from China until Dec. 15. Initially, the tariffs were supposed to go into effect on Sept. 1. Still, the reprieve doesn’t address the larger issue of a looming trade war with China that could spiral out of control. While there is widespread consensus that China must abandon its unfair trade practices and respect intellectual property rights, many U.S. industry groups have sounded the alarm about the administration’s approach, and that includes the medical technology industry. Writing about the 10% tariff earlier this month, Business Insider acknowledged the difficulty in ful.
PlasticsToday 08/14/2019 11:44
Domo Chemicals (Ghent, Belgium) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Performance Polyamides Business of Solvay (Brussels) in Europe. The deal includes engineering plastics operations in France and Poland; high-performance fibers in France; and polymer and intermediates operations in France, Spain and Poland. The agreement also involves a joint venture between BASF and DOMO in France for the production of adipic acid. Domo reportedly will pay €300 million on a cash and debt free basis to acquire the business, which currently employs approximately 1,100 people. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of Q4 2019, pending approval by the relevant authorities. Domo said that the acquisition of the PA 6.6 busines.
PlasticsToday 08/13/2019 22:17
Electric vehicles not only prevent local emissions, but they can also be fun. Founded in 2012, the E.Stall Esslingen is participating in various international events of Formula Student with an electrically powered racing car. One of the biggest events is the Formula Student Germany, which takes place every year at Hockenheim Ring. The design of the racing car's traction battery is demanding – it is one of the most important components for the course of the race: It determines whether the driver has enough power to beat the competition. PC/ABS sheet is used to produce frames and brackets for the battery modules in the E.Stall Esslingen racing car. Since the 2018 racing season, Covestro has supported the E.Stall Esslingen team with flame-reta.
PlasticsToday 08/13/2019 18:46
A cross section of extrusion and converting technology will be featured in the Davis-Standard (Pawcatuck, CT) booth at this year’s K show in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company also will be highlighting its efforts in support of a circular economy, and marking the second anniversary of its acquisition of Maillefer. In addition to demos of its real-time predictive maintenance and blown film systems, Davis-Standard will feature the following in booth A 43 in hall 16. The Model 3000A crosshead reduces scrap and allows faster start-up times, according to Davis-Standard. Medical-grade silicone tubes , wound drains and catheters as well as elastomer capabilities for manufacturing hydraulic and automotive hoses and automotive seals will be on display.
PlasticsToday 08/13/2019 15:28
Jomar Corp. (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) will celebrate a half-century of growing a successful business at K 2019 in October. Over the last 50 years, Jomar has sold more than 2500 machines and served the global healthcare, personal care, beauty, food and beverage, and household products industries. Not about to rest on its laurels, Jomar will showcase its latest innovations in injection blow molding (IBM) equipment at booth A 32 in hall 14 at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Founded by Joe and Mary Johnson, the company’s 42,000-square-foot facility is solely focused on injection blow molding. The company has become known as a leading expert on IBM technology and is recognized for its turnkey solutions and service and support. From the compan.
PlasticsToday 08/13/2019 13:03
There has been some more chatter about a Plastic Man movie that is in development at Warner Bros., and Marlon Wayans started it. (We recently reported on the project in our Throwback Thursday series: "".). Marlon Wayans stars in the Netflix movie, Sextuplets . The youngest of the Wayans siblings, who came to fame on the In Living Color TV show and Scary Movie franchise, Marlon expressed enthusiastic interest in playing the infinitely bendable superhero, should the film ever emerge from development purgatory. In an interview with Screenrant while promoting his new Netflix movie Sextuplets , Wayans said that he “would love to play Plastic Man.”“I think [Plastic Man] works with the comedic skill set that I have, in terms of how I'm physical, I.
PlasticsToday 08/13/2019 11:29
Spot resin trading during the first full week of August reached the highest weekly volume so far this year, about three times the average, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. Image courtesy Cool Design/ freedigitalphotos.net. The order flow was well diversified and nicely spread between polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), truckloads and railcars, prime and off grade for both domestic and export shipments.
PlasticsToday 08/12/2019 20:49
Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) supplier Kraiburg TPE will have a dual presence at K 2019 in Düsseldorf. At both booth C58-4 located in “Rubber Street” in hall 6 and its ideas factory at booth E22, the manufacturer will address major challenges and trends the growing TPE business is facing. New TPE compounds pass migration tests even when in contact with foods that contain fat. "K is the most important leading trade fair for innovation in the global plastics and rubber market and sets the course for the industry,” says Franz Hinterecker, CEO at Kraiburg TPE. “Our trade fair appearance will focus, among other things, on new TPE compounds that pass migration tests even when in contact with foods that contain fat. Trade fair visitors may also lo.
PlasticsToday 08/12/2019 13:06
Scientific molding has been around for several decades, and yet plastics processors continue to fail in properly implementing it. Garrett MacKenzie, who has more than 30 years of plastics processing, engineering and development under his belt, will present a free on Sept. 4, 2019, detailing 15 reasons why companies fail at scientific molding. The days of molding by time and pressure have given way to molding by position, peak pressure and process repeatability, explains MacKenzie. “Plastic injection as an 'art' gave way to plastics processing as a science of repeatability and standardization. Scientific molding is a series of steps that first establish a solid repeatable process, which is then validated,” he notes. This free 60-minute webin.
PlasticsToday 08/12/2019 12:06
There are numerous options in food packaging materials, and many major food packagers and retailers often make a choice based on non-scientific information. Clearly Clean Products LLC (Orwigsburg, PA) manufactures easily recyclable PET thermoformed food trays. Too often, “greenwashing” becomes an issue for companies like Clearly Clean when they are trying to help customers choose the right packaging for a given application. Clearly Clean’s trademarked recyclable food packaging offers an eco-friendly alternative to EPS foam packaging, which is targeted by many local governments because it is not easily recyclable. The company’s Roll-Over-Wrap tray recently won the Institute of Packaging Professional’s AmeriStar award for packaging excellence.

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