Category Archives: Plastic Compounds

Two-Shot Molding Replaces In-Mold Decoration

Ford cut costs 30 percent by using an innovative two-shot injection molding approach for an interior decoration bezel on the 2018 Fiesta subcompact. A three-dimensional decorative effect was [..]

ABS, Design, Polycarbonate, Two-Shot

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 , , ,

Ford Cuts Costs with Recycled Carbon Fiber

Ford is using a reinforced polypropylene made from recycled carbon fiber in the 2018 Explorer sport-utility vehicle (SUV) for the rigid portion of an “A” pillar bracket. The [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, North America, Reinforcing Material ,

CFRP Tube Connects Engine To Transmission

The torque tube housing in the 2017 aluminum-bodied Mercedes GT R sports car is made from aviation-grade carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in a one-shot production process. The [..]

Automotive, Blow molding, Carbon Composites, Europe, Resin Transfer Molding ,

Improved Polyamide Yields Big Fuel Savings

Years of research into improving the wear resistance properties of polyamide 46 is starting to yield major dividends for DSM as auto manufacturers accelerate replacement of polyamide 66 [..]

Automotive, North America, Polyamides , ,

China Exit Crushes American Recycled Plastics Markets

Prices for recycled plastic have caved because of China’s planned exit from the marketplace. Prices for bulk rigid scrap have plunged this year from 9 cents per pound [..]

Asia, Green, North America, Post-Consumer Plastic

Coke Invents On-The-Fly System to Measure Bioplastic Content

Coca-Cola, arguably the largest global user of renewably sourced plastics, is developing a method to measure bio-source content on the fly. Currently used methods can be very time-consuming, [..]

Bioplastics, Green, Packaging

DuPont Takes Historic Exit From Plastics

For more than 80 years, The name DuPont was almost synonymous with plastics. Some of the industry’s greatest innovations emerged from the company’s famous labs in Delaware. Nylon, [..]

Management, Phenolics, Polyacetal, Polyamides

Invention Targets Mechanical Weakness of Molded-In Antennas

Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp., Tokyo, says it has developed a superior compound for making three-dimensional antennas in cellphones. The glass-reinforced alloy of polycarbonate and ABS contains as much as [..]

ABS, Asia, Electronics, Filler, Injection Molding, Laser Structuring, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

KraussMaffei System Doubles Pultrusion Speed

The staid process of pultrusion is getting a substantial facelift with a new approach from KraussMaffei that includes aspects of injection molding. Traditional pultrusion is a form of [..]

Automotive, Construction, Europe, Industrial, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material