Category Archives: North America

SILQ: Some Pretty Silly Hype From Steelcase

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase made the extraordinary claim this week that it has “created a new high-performance polymer material that emulates the qualities of carbon fiber at a [..]

Carbon Fiber, North America, Office Products

Apple Invents System To CoMold Plastic and Ceramic

Apple is developing ways to improve the durability and usefulness of ceramic as a housing for smart phones and watches. In a patent application published today, Apple discloses [..]

ABS, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Consumer Goods, Design, Electronics, Insert Molding, North America, Polyamides , ,

What Ever Happened to That 8,800-Ton Husky Press?

Here’s an update on one of the two biggest injection molding machines ever built: An 8800-ton press built by Husky Injection Molding Systems for Chrysler Corp. 20 years [..]

Automotive, Construction, North America

Cost Synergies at DowDuPont: Are They Real?

As I’ve commented before, I have trouble understanding the DowDuPont merger. One problem area  is the promised $660 million in procurement savings. In the first place, let’s be [..]

North America ,

Dell Uses 1 Million Pounds of Recycled Carbon Fiber This Year

Global computer manufacturer Dell Technologies says it will use approximately 1 million pounds of recycled carbon fiber this year, more than double the volume from the previous two [..]

Carbon Fiber, Electronics, North America, Polycarbonate , , ,

Making Magnetic Molded Parts Faster, Cheaper

Two inventions point to new ways to create magnetic properties in molded plastic parts. Sabic applied for a for a method of manufacturing a functionally graded part in [..]

Magnetic Material, North America

Thermoplastics Break Out In 3D-Printed Autoclavable Tools

Additive Engineering Solutions of Akron Ohio has successfully printed autoclavable composite molding tools in 16 different thermoplastics using a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine from Cincinnati Inc. [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Engineering Thermoplastics, Molds & Moldmaking, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide , , ,

The Future of DuPont’s Global-Leading Bio Materials Looks Murky

As the DowDuPont saga unfolds, one of the more interesting story lines will be the fate of DuPont’s best-in-class biomaterials business, which began with a collaboration more than [..]

Bioplastics, Green, Management, North America

Where is Zytel Now? Back In Wilmington

DuPont’s Performance Plastics business is back in Wilmington, Delaware after a very brief 12 days as part of Dow’s Materials Sciences group in Midland, Michigan, where it clearly [..]

Management, North America

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 , , ,