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Blow Moulding
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Sealing and encapsulating hotmelt adhesives resistant to both heat and water
High-performance hotmelt adhesives and silicones are among Henkel’s focal exhibits at this year’s Electronica Fair (Munich, 13-16 November). Henkel is appearing at the show with new moulding products under the Macromelt brand for electrical applications, offering reliable, resilient and resistant so
Sandcastles and plastic parts
Ever wonder why the little plastic buckets kids use at the beach have tapered sides? Hint: it isn't for hauling water. It's for that other popular beach pastime of the pre-pre-teen set: making sand castles. What does that have to do with plastic moulding?
Battery pack and rear quarter window cited as top automotive plastic innovations
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today commended Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn Group for innovative use of the supplier’s thermoplastic materials in two separate applications, which were recently named finalists in the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE)
Röchling Automotive combines blow moulding and injection moulding for high temperature turbo applications
Technyl polyamide from Rhodia Engineering Plastics, a member of the Solvay group, has been chosen by Röchling Automotive for the manufacturing of turbocharger air ducts which have to resist temperatures of up to 210C.
Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Sealing and encapsulating hotmelt adhesives resistant to both heat and water
High-performance hotmelt adhesives and silicones are among Henkel’s focal exhibits at this year’s Electronica Fair (Munich, 13-16 November). Henkel is appearing at the show with new moulding products under the Macromelt brand for electrical applications, offering reliable, resilient and resistant so
Sandcastles and plastic parts
Ever wonder why the little plastic buckets kids use at the beach have tapered sides? Hint: it isn't for hauling water. It's for that other popular beach pastime of the pre-pre-teen set: making sand castles. What does that have to do with plastic moulding?
Battery pack and rear quarter window cited as top automotive plastic innovations
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today commended Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn Group for innovative use of the supplier’s thermoplastic materials in two separate applications, which were recently named finalists in the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE)
Röchling Automotive combines blow moulding and injection moulding for high temperature turbo applications
Technyl polyamide from Rhodia Engineering Plastics, a member of the Solvay group, has been chosen by Röchling Automotive for the manufacturing of turbocharger air ducts which have to resist temperatures of up to 210C.
Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Sealing and encapsulating hotmelt adhesives resistant to both heat and water
High-performance hotmelt adhesives and silicones are among Henkel’s focal exhibits at this year’s Electronica Fair (Munich, 13-16 November). Henkel is appearing at the show with new moulding products under the Macromelt brand for electrical applications, offering reliable, resilient and resistant so
Sandcastles and plastic parts
Ever wonder why the little plastic buckets kids use at the beach have tapered sides? Hint: it isn't for hauling water. It's for that other popular beach pastime of the pre-pre-teen set: making sand castles. What does that have to do with plastic moulding?
Battery pack and rear quarter window cited as top automotive plastic innovations
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today commended Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn Group for innovative use of the supplier’s thermoplastic materials in two separate applications, which were recently named finalists in the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE)
Röchling Automotive combines blow moulding and injection moulding for high temperature turbo applications
Technyl polyamide from Rhodia Engineering Plastics, a member of the Solvay group, has been chosen by Röchling Automotive for the manufacturing of turbocharger air ducts which have to resist temperatures of up to 210C.
Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Geometrically-locked aerostructures manufactured without fasteners
Elbit Systems offers advanced integral composite aerostructures that significantly cut costs and shorten lead time. Examples are On display at Le Bourget, Paris Air Show.
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
RIM of heat-resistant polyurethane-based streamlines spa cabinet assembly
When Dynasty Spas needed an attractive, cost-effective and durable material that also streamlined assembly of its spa cabinets, it turned to long-fibre-injection (LFI) polyurethane RIM.
Post-industrial recycled PPO plastic fenders for Renault
Renault has successfully adopted a new post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of Noryl GTX resin as part of its compliance with the European Union’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) requirements. The new Sabic material is to be for the fenders of its 2013 Clio IV and for the upcoming Zoe electric vehicle.
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Geometrically-locked aerostructures manufactured without fasteners
Elbit Systems offers advanced integral composite aerostructures that significantly cut costs and shorten lead time. Examples are On display at Le Bourget, Paris Air Show.
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
RIM of heat-resistant polyurethane-based streamlines spa cabinet assembly
When Dynasty Spas needed an attractive, cost-effective and durable material that also streamlined assembly of its spa cabinets, it turned to long-fibre-injection (LFI) polyurethane RIM.
Post-industrial recycled PPO plastic fenders for Renault
Renault has successfully adopted a new post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of Noryl GTX resin as part of its compliance with the European Union’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) requirements. The new Sabic material is to be for the fenders of its 2013 Clio IV and for the upcoming Zoe electric vehicle.
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Geometrically-locked aerostructures manufactured without fasteners
Elbit Systems offers advanced integral composite aerostructures that significantly cut costs and shorten lead time. Examples are On display at Le Bourget, Paris Air Show.
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
RIM of heat-resistant polyurethane-based streamlines spa cabinet assembly
When Dynasty Spas needed an attractive, cost-effective and durable material that also streamlined assembly of its spa cabinets, it turned to long-fibre-injection (LFI) polyurethane RIM.
Post-industrial recycled PPO plastic fenders for Renault
Renault has successfully adopted a new post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of Noryl GTX resin as part of its compliance with the European Union’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) requirements. The new Sabic material is to be for the fenders of its 2013 Clio IV and for the upcoming Zoe electric vehicle.
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
RTM polyurethane technology for mass production of composite leaf springs
Dr Andreas Ferencz and Ralph Kießling review the development of composite leaf springs. The leaf springs installed in a wide range of vehicles are traditionally manufactured in steel. However, as the issue of vehicle weight continues to gain importance, solutions offering the benefits of lightw
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
Thermoplastic elastomers helped to grow by soft-touch applications
The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) market has been forecast to reach a value of approximately $14.96 billion during 2013, driven by ongoing product innovation, allowing them to continue to displace traditional elastomers and thermoplastics in a variety of applications. The market will also grow bec
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigi
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, bo
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Geometrically-locked aerostructures manufactured without fasteners
Elbit Systems offers advanced integral composite aerostructures that significantly cut costs and shorten lead time. Examples are On display at Le Bourget, Paris Air Show.
Anti-counterfeit masterbatch can be easily detected in a production environment
Gabriel-Chemie, one of the leading masterbatch producers in Europe, is launching its anti-counterfeiting masterbatch Maxithen ProTec4 at PDM13, the Plastics Design and Moulding event.
Plastics moulding machinery manufacturers looking again at plastics design and moulding show
Machinery manufacturers are returning in force to this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Conference and Exhibition (PDM 13), say organisers Crain Communications, to be held at the Telford International Centre on 18 and 19 June 2013.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy)
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile
RIM of heat-resistant polyurethane-based streamlines spa cabinet assembly
When Dynasty Spas needed an attractive, cost-effective and durable material that also streamlined assembly of its spa cabinets, it turned to long-fibre-injection (LFI) polyurethane RIM.
Post-industrial recycled PPO plastic fenders for Renault
Renault has successfully adopted a new post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of Noryl GTX resin as part of its compliance with the European Union’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) requirements. The new Sabic material is to be for the fenders of its 2013 Clio IV and for the upcoming Zoe electric vehicle.
Diamond-like coatings service prolongs tool and component life
Surface engineering specialist, Tecvac, is advocating the application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon coating to improve the endurance and performance of critical engineering components. The Cambridge based company, part of the Wallwork Group, has introduced a service for the application of the
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tool
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

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