Category Archives: Filler

Bio Foam-In-Place Is SPE Finalist

A next-generation sustainable foam is a finalist in the 2017 SPE Automotive design competition. A castor oil-based foam is used in an innovative way  on the 2018 Ford [..]

Automotive, Bioplastics, Compression, Filler, Injection Molding, North America, Reinforcing Material , , ,

Invention Targets Mechanical Weakness of Molded-In Antennas

Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp., Tokyo, says it has developed a superior compound for making three-dimensional antennas in cellphones. The glass-reinforced alloy of polycarbonate and ABS contains as much as [..]

ABS, Asia, Electronics, Filler, Injection Molding, Laser Structuring, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

Nano Diamond Composites Target Smaller Electronic Devices

Efforts to further miniaturize electronics such as Apple iPhones may get a boost from engineering plastics compounded with industrial diamonds. A Finnish development company called Carbodeon is attempting [..]

Conductive Material, Design, Electronics, Engineering Thermoplastics, Europe, Filler, Injection Molding, Polyamides, Polyphenylene sulfide

IKEA Makes Major Commitment to Bioplastics

IKEA will only use plastics made from renewable or recycled sources by the year 2020. Per Stoltz, sustainability developer at IKEA, says the company will favor plastics made [..]

Construction, Consumer Goods, Design, Europe, Filler, Green, HDPE, Injection Molding, PLA, PVC, Wood-plastic composite ,

Treated Glass Bubbles Slash Weight on New Corvette

Don’t write off glass thermoset composites as weight-saving automotive body panels. A new version called TCA Ultra Lite from Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) is in production on the [..]

Automotive, Compression, Design, Filler, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Green, North America , ,

VW Touts Use of Lignin As Plastics’ Filler

A Volkswagen project engineer says that use of lignin as a thermoplastics filler offers “an enormous lightweight potential” for large volume auto production. Use of lignin in car [..]

Automotive, Europe, Filler, Green, North America , ,

Ethanol Technology Spinoff Offers Green Plastics Additive

A very interesting new green technology at NPE2015 next week is an offshoot of the ethanol business that may make flexible PVC more environmentally friendly or improve the economics [..]

Additives, Filler ,

SPE Winner ‘Active Glove Box’ May Revolutionize Air Bags

Ford has developed a new cost-saving and award-winning knee airbag system using injection molded plastics that it feels will revolutionize the airbag industry. In the new approach, an airbag [..]

Automotive, Elastomers, Europe, Filler, Injection Molding, North America, polypropylene , , ,

New Suzuki PP Uses Elastomer (Not Talc) and Sheds Weight

A new plastic with the grand name “Suzuki Super Polypropylene (SSPP)” debuted this week on the front bumper under garnish of the Escudo, an off-road vehicle that has [..]

Asia, Automotive, Design, Filler, polypropylene , ,

Waste Tires Emerge As Important Plastics Ingredient

Use of highly processed tire waste in plastic compounds is growing 75% to 100% a year because the materials can replace more expensive plastic without compromising mechanical properties, [..]

Automotive, Composites, Construction, Filler, Green, Industrial, Injection Molding, North America