Category Archives: Consumer Goods

Chinese Investor Poised to Take Control of Liquidmetal

One of the jewels of American advanced materials’ technologies is on the verge of a potential takeover by a Chinese manufacturer. Liquidmetal Technologies, a Caltech spinoff based in [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Asia, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Defense, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , ,

Missouri Molder Wins Back LSR Work From China

While the numbers show that manufacturing, on a net basis, continues to move offshore, there are still plenty of interesting stories about reshoring. A new one comes from [..]

Asia, Consumer Goods, LSR, North America ,

Is There Still Hope For Liquidmetal Injection Molding?

Patient and long-suffering investors in Liquidmetal Technologies are anxiously awaiting announcement of the company’s fourth quarter earnings next week. Many had bought soon after the company went public [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Consumer Goods, Defense, Design, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , , ,

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 , ,

DuPont, ADM Announce ‘Breakthrough’ In Bioplastic Precursor

DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) this week announced a “breakthrough” in the production of a bioplastic precursor that can be used for engineering plastics, packaging, textiles, [..]

Bioplastics, Consumer Goods , , ,

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 ,

Milacron Sales Dip, But Tier Ones Eye Big 4-Shot Units

Overall organic revenues are down about 2 percent at Milacron due to a weakening capital spending outlook in North America and China, but the company reports good progress [..]

Asia, Automotive, Construction, Consumer Goods, Europe, Injection Molding, North America ,

Polymaker Initially Struggled, Now Makes Some Big Moves

A Chinese startup called Polymakr launched on Kickstarter last year with much fanfare about its newly developed 3D printing fiaments: a stronger PLA ($24/lb), a faster-printing flexible plastic [..]

Additive manufacturing, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Polycarbonate , ,

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

Insert Molding Plays Key Role In Apple Patent

Apple is studying the potential for use of insert injection molding to create smaller and more secure frames (also known as ground rings) for plug connectors used on [..]

Amorphous Metals, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Insert Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Polyacetal , , ,