Category Archives: Green

Molded Polyamide Cover Cuts Weight In Toyota Engine Application

Japanese and European car manufacturers continue to push hard for automotive lightweighting. In a recent example, Toyota has developed an improved method of covering a power transmission timing [..]

Asia, Automotive, Design, Green, Insert Molding, Polyamides , ,

BASF, DuPont Get Closer On Potentially Disruptive Bioplastic

A newly improved polyester bioplastic is potentially a major player in the production of bottles and film in food packaging. Many other applications are possible. DuPont and BASF [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, Green, North America, Packaging , ,

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 , ,

MCC’s New BioPlastic Is Expensive Niche Material

Acceptance rates are slow for a new engineering plastic called Durabio developed by Mazda and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) that targets polycarbonate and acrylic. The big problem is [..]

Asia, Automotive, Bioplastics, Electronics, Green

SABIC Strikes Gold With PC Glazing

SABIC stuck to its guns and is slowly starting to see substantial results from years-long efforts to advance polycarbonate glazing in cars. The company announced today that the [..]

ABS, Asia, Automotive, Design, Green, Injection compression, Injection Molding, Polycarbonate , , ,

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 , ,

UN: Biodegradable Plastics Won’t Solve Ocean Litter

Biodegradable plastics are not a solution to the problem of ocean litter. That’s the conclusion of a new United Nations report titled “Biodegradable Plastics and Marine Litter: Misconceptions, [..]

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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 ,

German Company Emerges As Important WPC Player

A southern Germany company called JELU with a long history in wood processing has developed a proprietary wood-plastic composite (WPC) and now has a capacity of 45,000 tons. [..]

Bioplastics, Composites, Construction, Consumer Goods, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, PLA, Reinforcing Material

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 , ,