Category Archives: Engineering Thermoplastics

PEEK, PEI Growth Explodes While PC Plants Close

Growth for high-end, specialty engineering plastics will far outpace the bread-and-butter, big-volume types as design engineers push the needle on applications requiring high heat or other demanding properties in [..]

ABS, Aircraft, Automotive, Engineering Thermoplastics, Medical, Oil Country, PEEK, Polyamides, Polycarbonate, Polyphenylene sulfide , , , , , , ,

SABIC Surprises At NPE With Focus on Additive Manufacturing

There is an interesting, and to some extent unexpected, focus on additive manufacturing at NPE2015, a show dominated by the big iron of injection molding, extrusion, and other [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Engineering Thermoplastics, Polycarbonate , , , , , ,

The Odd Story of Sabic’s Ultem Shortage

If you’re an avid Twitter follower, you were the first to publicly learn of a fast-emerging shortage of polyetherimide (PEI). A California-based distributor called Professional Plastics tweeted this [..]

Engineering Thermoplastics , , ,

New Super Plastics Can Beat Metals

An under-the-radar Arizona-based company has developed new molding and sizing technology to produce what it calls “the strongest line of injection moldable thermoplastic composites available.” The reinforcing material [..]

Aircraft, Alternative energy, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Composites, Defense, Design, Electronics, Engineering Thermoplastics, Industrial, Injection Molding, Medical, North America, Oil Country, Polyamides, Polyphenylene sulfide, Polyphthalamide, Reinforcing Material , , , ,

All-Rite Prospers With Focus on Metal/Plastics Assemblies

One interesting example of the make-over of American manufacturing is All-Rite Industries of Lake Zurich, Illinois, which has tripled in size in less than five years by providing [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Comolding, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Injection Molding, Injection Molding, Joining, North America, Polyamides , , ,

LPKF Fights Patent Infringement On LDS Process

On July 8, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ordered Motorola Deutschland and Motorola Mobility USA to refrain from selling cell phones in Germany that infringe on LPKF’s [..]

Asia, Conductive Material, Design, Electronics, Engineering Thermoplastics, Europe, Injection Molding, Laser Structuring, Micro Molding , ,

Igus Introduces Triboplastic for 3D Printing

In an interesting development for the 3D printing movement, a global leader in the development of proprietary plastic compounds for use in bearings and linear guides is now [..]

Additive manufacturing, Engineering Thermoplastics, Europe, Industrial , ,

High-End Plastics Are Coming for 3D Printing

High-powered engineering plastics such as polyether imide (PEI), polyimide (PI), polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), and self-reinforced polyphenylene (SRP) are being developed for 3D printing processes. The materials offer significant improvements [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Conductive Material, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, North America , , , , , , ,

Celanese Boosts Compounding for Engineering Plastics

Specialty compounding is an increasingly important competitive niche for the U.S. plastics industry.  Shale gas, of course, is the big story and gets a lot of headlines, but [..]

Engineering Thermoplastics, North America

New Organosilicons Extend the Range of Polyamides, PPS, PEEK

An under-the-radar, small custom compounder in South Plainfield, New Jersey, shows the increasing specialization and complexity of today’s engineering plastics industry. Technical staff at privately owned Polymer Dynamix, [..]

Engineering Thermoplastics, Europe, Flame Retardant, Industrial, North America, Polyamides, Polyphenylene sulfide , , ,