Category Archives: Polycarbonate

Stronger-Than-Expected Polycarbonate Results Buoy Covestro

Covestro, after just a few weeks as a public company, announced this morning that significantly higher profitability for its polycarbonate business should contribute to “a very good year”, [..]

Asia, Europe, Injection Molding, North America, Polycarbonate, Polyurethane foam , ,

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 , ,

Where Do Engineering Plastics Fit at SABIC?

Several tough years in the polycarbonate business are taking a toll on the two companies that invented the transparent engineering plastic that has been plagued by weak pricing, [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Automotive, Construction, Engineering Thermoplastics, Foam, Polycarbonate , , ,

Lego: No Plans To Produce Plastics

Lego is spending $146 million to develop a new sustainable plastic. It’s not often that manufacturers of children’s toys, or of almost anything for that matter, decide they [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Europe, Injection Molding, Polycarbonate , , ,

SABIC Develops Cross-Linked PC; Targets Thin-Wall Parts

SABIC Innovative Plastics has developed cross-linked polycarbonates with improved chemical resistance and flame retardance in an effort to boost sales for thin-walled applications. One recent patent application states: [..]

Electronics, North America, Polycarbonate , ,

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 , , , , , ,

Lightweighting Will Be Major Theme At NPE

One of the major themes at NPE2015 in Orlando, Florida, next month will be technologies that enable lightweighting, particularly for transportation applications. In the large booths of the [..]

Automotive, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Insert Molding, North America, Polycarbonate, polypropylene, Reinforcing Material , , , , , ,

More Safety Testing Needed on Chemicals Prior to Introduction

New research further muddies the waters about the safety of a certain class of plastics used in bottles and food can lining.  Researchers at the University of Calgary [..]

Medical, North America, Packaging, Polycarbonate , , , ,

Mitsubishi Chemical Builds Market For Its New Bioplastic

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) is rapidly becoming a bigger player in the bioplastics business as Japanese automakers expand use of materials made from renewable resources. Mazda Motor Corp. [..]

Asia, Automotive, Bioplastics, Design, Green, Polycarbonate , , , ,