New Benchmark for Sliding Materials Increased Conveyor System Productivity Through LubX® CV

rochlingRöchling Engineering Plastics KG presents LubX® CV, the new sliding material especially for systems and machinery used in conveyor technology and automation. This new material was developed for systems intended to be operated at higher velocities and pressure loads, meaning increased productivity. Scientific research shows: This material significantly improves system performance and efficiency. Even when used for high-load applications, it retains its excellent sliding characteristics and high wear resistance.

In addition to testing the material in the company-owned laboratory specifically equipped for sliding materials, Röchling Engineering Plastics KG had scientific inspections carried out by the Institute for Material Handling and Plastics of the Chemnitz University of Technology and the Erlangen University, Institute of Polymer Technology. The resulting data shows that LubX® CV offers measurable advantages over comparable materials.

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Make Way for the Plastic Technologies Award 2015

Plastic Tech Awards 2012_DSC_8938Milan, July 2014 – Innovative and original concepts for rapid consumption / temporary / single-use disposable products that exploit the potential of specific manufacturing and transformation technologies for plastics; these are the essential elements behind the second edition of the Plastic Technologies Award, the International Competition launched by PROMAPLAST, organizer of PLAST 2015 (5-9 May) in partnership with POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano.

The 2015 edition of the competition focuses on the disposal and recycling of products, components and packaging characterised by rapid obsolescence and a connotation of temporary use, or even single-use disposables, such as household utensils, fashion accessories, cosmetics, personal care items, and packaging for rapid consumption products.

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Is Foam Expanding?

The foam markets worldwide are expanding as a solution to reducing material use, costs and weight in plastics and elastomer processing: the art is in maintaining the ideal properties of products at the same time.  The foam industry provides light weighting in a wide range of applications and has potential for use in all plastics processing and products. The key areas of current use are in packaging, insulation foam, furnishing, automotive and sports. Foam can be manufactured to improve a wide variety of properties whilst minimising the material use – for example in wall insulation for thermal and acoustic barrier, in packaging it can provide a thermal barrier and impact protection, which is also valued in footwear and in flooring. In addition structural foam supports the interior of high performance composites. There are ongoing developments that could open the door for more ventures in foaming new materials and adding new characteristics.

Unilever has focused on the density challenges to downgauging and the research division is among the experts in microcellular polymers meeting at AMI’s Polymer Foam 2014 conference, which is scheduled for 4-6 November 2014 in Cologne, Germany.  There are big issues facing the industry in the near future as the prospect of a phasing out of azodicarbonamide in the EU, a blowing agent that is widely used in the PVC foam industry, comes closer. Tramaco has been involved in the debate with the legislators on this matter.  The polystyrene foam sector has been affected by changes to regulations affecting flame retardants and Dow has a new class of brominated polymeric additives for this application.

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Making Blades to Catch the Wind

Wind energy now forms a vital part of the economy in many global regions and is expanding into new arenas.  The Chinese market is strong, the U.S. is recovering and with emerging nations now increasingly adopting renewable energy solutions, global growth is predicted to continue at a steady rate with doubling of installations from 2013 to 2018 (Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General 2014). This will drive demand for turbines and blades worldwide.

Wind turbines are now using well-established technology and with decades of experience the blade designers and manufacturers are constantly reviewing the materials, manufacturing and performance of blades. The leading blade maker LM Windpower is looking at the blade technology of the future and will give the opening address at AMI’s international conference on Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture 2014, 1-3 December in Dusseldorf, Germany. This will be followed by Vestas Wind Systems talking about the industrialization of blades including modularization, standardization and fabrication.

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Distributing Cast PMMA Sheet Produced by Italy’s Madreperla in Germany

On 1 July, Vink (Emmerich / Germany) will take over as the exclusive distributor of cast PMMA sheet produced by Madreperla (Cinisello Balsamo / Italy) in Germany. The marketing will also be handled by Vink subsidiaries König (Gilching / Germany) and kupa kunststoffpartner (Buchholz / Germany). The agreement expands the German company’s range of cast acrylic sheet and further strengthens its market position in Germany.


SIMONA AG Results for First Half of 2014: Significant Growth in Revenue and Earnings

Strong growth in core market of Germany – Strategic reegineering bears fruit

Kirn, 6 August 2014. In total, the SIMONA Group generated sales revenue of €163.9 million in the first half of 2014. This represents a year-on-year increase of 16.8 per cent (first half 2013: €140.4 million). In the second quarter of 2014, sales revenue amounted to €86.8 million, up 21.7 per cent on the figure posted in the second quarter of 2013 (€71.3 million).

Revenue performance in the first half of 2014 benefited in particular from the first-time inclusion of the two entities acquired in the United States as well as from considerable forward momentum in Germany. Laminations Inc. was included in the Group financial statements effective from 1 January 2014, while Boltaron Inc. was consolidated as from 1 April 2014.

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Nylacast Limited Shortlisted as Finalists for Made in the UK Awards

Nylacast Training & Development 2UK based engineering solution provider Nylacast Limited is proud to have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2014 “Made in the UK” awards for Best Apprenticeship & Training Scheme.

Having won the “Made in the Midlands” award in May, up against Siemens and Caparo Industries, Nylacast was automatically nominated as finalists for the national awards which took place at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool on the 21st of July.

The Made in the UK event, which featured an exhibition and conference program alongside the awards evening, showcased and celebrated the best of the world renowned UK manufacturing industry and its future. It also welcomed a range of UK manufacturers selected as winners from across 10 regional award dinners in recent months, with a total of over 700 guests.

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Lucite International, Inc. Announces New Role for Keith Piggott

Keith PiggottLucite International, Inc. has appointed Keith Piggott as general manager for the European Sheet and Composites business, which includes the two manufacturing sites at Darwen and Clairvaux, France and the leading global brands Perspex® and Lucite® acrylic sheet.

Lucite is the largest manufacturer of cell cast acrylic sheet in the world.

Keith is currently managing director of Perspex Distribution Limited, (PDL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lucite International, Inc. and will remain in this role.

Renowned as a leading figure in the plastics sector, Keith brings to this new role a wealth of business acumen and expertise as well as extensive experience in the acrylic sheet and plastics markets in the UK, Europe and USA.

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GBR Rafting Return from European Championships With Five Medals

GB Raft Team 2014 - Day 3 racing - Endurance 5Worldwide engineering solution provider, Nylacast Limited, is pleased to announce the recent successes of GBR Rafting, which they sponsor. With a great track record, the Women’s Great Britain Rafting team triumph in the IRF European Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia, July 2014.

The Championships had 71 teams from 18 European countries in the running. The Women’s GB Rafting team sent two teams; GBR1 and GBR2 in the Open Women’s category and came out with the best results they have ever had.

Competing in a number of events including slaloms and sprints, GBR Rafting proudly returned home with one Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals.

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Global Industry Plastic Titan Mr. Alois Gruber Sr. Memoriam

mr. gruberThe Gruber and Haager families, as well as all Agru Company employees worldwide, are saddened to announce the death of their father and founder, Mr. Alois Gruber Sr., on June 23, 2014. Mr. Gruber was born on March 28, 1925 and grew up in Steinbach an der Steyr, Austria. He trained in metal works with the company Pressl Steinbach. During WWII, he served in the armed forces and was held in captivity in Normandy. After the war, he obtained his master craftsman­s certificate in metal works and opened his first workshop in Waldneukirchen in 1948, under the name Alois Gruber GmbH.

Mr. Gruber’s initial works included mending pots, making stoves for farmhouses and making stainless steel frames where he walked from town to town. Later innovations included the anodization of aluminium profiles, a process that is still carried out at the Waldneukirchen factory today. As a pioneer in his field, Mr. Gruber successfully built up the export side of the business as well.

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