Category Archives: Europe

What Can Gene Editing Do For Plastics?

Will industrial microbiologists become more important in the development of plastics than petroleum engineers and geologists? Maybe. And it may not be all that far off. There are [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, North America , ,

Lightweighting Shines In Europe

Impact on climate change will be the biggest fallout from Donald Trump’s efforts to unwind strict federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions that would have required vehicles to [..]

Automotive, Carbon Fiber, Compression, Europe, Reinforcing Material , , , , ,

PEEK Overmolds Press-Formed Composite Part

Composite engineering will become increasingly complex to provide strong structural parts for aerospace and automotive load applications. A good example comes from the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) [..]

Aircraft, Automotive, Compression, Design, Europe, Injection Molding, Injection Molding, PEEK, Reinforcing Material , , , ,

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 , ,

Extraction Unit Allows Safe Molding of Teflon

Technical parts made from Teflon are often machined because the polymer begins to decompose into hazardous fluorocarbon gases above 662°F. German electronics equipment producer Rohde & Schwarz, however, [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automation/Robots, Electronics, Europe, Micro Molding , ,

Airbus Targets High-Heat Resins With Proprietary SLS Process

Airbus is commercializing a new additive manufacturing technology designed to permit greater use of high-performance engineering plastics such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetheretherketone (PEEK), PBT-type polyester, various polyamides, [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Europe , , , ,

Total Bets On Bioplastics; Forms JV With Corbion

Total S.A., one of the seven major global oil companies, is making a significant investment in the bioplastics industry through a joint venture with Corbion. The companies are [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, Packaging , , ,

Engel Makes Composites With In-Situ Polymerization

Engel Austria is combining in situ polymerization of sold caprolactam and injection molding in a parallel process in a novel exhibit at Composites Europe 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, [..]

Automotive, Electronics, Europe, Injection Molding ,

BASF Targets Special Polyamides For Charge Air Ducts

Specially tailored polyamides are targeting turbocharger components as automakers downsize engines to meet increasingly stringent fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions requirements. One example is the 2.0L GTDI turbo [..]

Automotive, Europe, Polyamides