Category Archives: North America

PlastiComp Expands Proprietary CFRP Compounding

PlastiComp, a compounder in Winona, Minnesota, is boosting capacity of an interesting, proprietary process to make long-fiber, carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP) pellets. The additional, higher-volume carbon fiber pultrusion line [..]

Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, North America, PEEK, polypropylene

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 , ,

Apple Develops Improved Sealing For Housings

Apple is developing a new injection molding technology to improve the watertight seal of mobile phone housings. In a U.S. patent application published today, adhesive is placed in [..]

Electronics, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, North America, Telecommunications , ,

Additively Manufactured PEKK Finds Aerospace, Medical Niches

One of former president Barack Obama’s most important legacies in manufacturing policy is America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an initiative to advance additive manufacturing. [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Medical, North America , , ,

Large 3D-Printed Plastic Tools Advance

When Boeing embarked on its ambitious plan to make huge structural sections for the Dreamliner 787 aircraft from carbon composites, big questions remained on manufacturability. The biggest composite [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Engineering Thermoplastics, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide, Reinforcing Material ,

Chinese Investor Pumps Some Life Into Liquidmetal

Long-struggling Liquidmetal is now operating under Chinese management, which is injecting capital and new life into the Cal Tech spinoff. One interesting development from a molding perspective is [..]

Amorphous Metals, Asia, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America

Carbon Reduction Projects Advance Despite Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump may feel that climate change is a hoax, but there will continue to be steady growth in new technologies that reduce the impact of the [..]

Aircraft, Bioplastics, Locations, North America, Packaging

Mexican Trade Issue Clouds US Plastics Outlook

President Trump’s Mexico policy is the elephant in the room as the U.S. plastics industry emerges from a difficult 2016. “Shipments of plastics equipment rose steadily during the [..]

Management, Markets, North America

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 , ,

PolyOne Expands Conductive Compound IP

PolyOne, Avon Lake, Ohio, is expanding its intellectual portfolio of electrically conductive compounds with a new technology for incorporating carbon nanotubes in polycarbonate. A patent application published yesterday [..]

Asia, Conductive Material, Consumer Goods, Design, Electronics, North America, Polycarbonate , , ,