Category Archives: Additives

Composite System Cuts Weight 25%

Hybrid components of fiber-reinforced plastic and metal are formed and back-injected in a single step in a German automotive lightweighting research project called LEIKA. Partners in the German [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Design, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, Reinforcing Material , ,

FRX Polymers Targets China, Boosts Capacity

A novel halogen-free flame retardant polymer once abandoned by Bayer is now rapidly gaining ground with growing production capacity and several major financial backers. Sales of Nofia phosphonates by FRX [..]

Flame Retardant

Ford Uses LFT-PP To Cut Weight, Costs In Front-End Module

Ford, which uses aluminum alloys in bodies, continues to advance materials technology to reduce curb weight of pickup trucks. The structural front-end module of the 2016 SuperDuty pickup [..]

Automotive, Injection Molding, polypropylene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

New Process Targets Improved Bonding of Hybrid Parts

Metal and plastic are said to bond together better in a newly developed turnkey, automated treatment process that will debut at Plasmatreat’s booth at  K2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automation/Robots, Automotive, Europe, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Joining, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material ,

K2016: KraussMaffei Develops New Polyamide Reaction Process

KraussMaffei will be marrying thermoplastics and reactive process machinery in one of the more interesting technology demonstrations at K2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 19-26. In a collaboration of [..]

Design, Europe, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material, Resin Transfer Molding , , , ,

K2016: Composite Tablet Housings Are A Technical Tour de Force

One of the interesting technologies at K2016 will be all-new, single-process composite lightweight housings for consumer electronics devices, such as tablets or smartphones. The goal is to significantly [..]

Automation/Robotics, Carbon Composites, Electronics, Europe, In-mold labeling (IML), Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Polycarbonate, Reinforcing Material , , , , ,

Pitch-Based Carbon Fiber Boosts Electrical Resistivity

PolyOne yesterday received a U.S. patent for a polyamide compound that has thermal conductivity, electrical surface resistivity, and flame retardancy. The compound uses pitch-based carbon fiber to achieve [..]

Carbon Fiber, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Europe, Flame Retardant, Injection Molding, North America, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material , ,

Auto Demand, Lightweighting Fuel Plastics Expansions

The stock market and overall manufacturing economy are wobbly, but low oil prices, favorable interest rates and high employment  are driving strong demand for cars in North America. [..]

Additives, Automotive, Polyamides, Polyethylene terephthalate , , , , ,

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

BMW Boosts Strength of CFRP Parts With Water-Assist: An Industry First

BMW is using a newly developed water assist system to improve the strength, cut fiber costs and reduce the weight of carbon composite parts at its Landshut, Germany [..]

Automotive, Carbon Fiber, Design, Europe, Green, Molds & Moldmaking, Resin Transfer Molding , ,