Industry articles

Plastics Machinery Shipments Decline 7.5% Y/Y in Q1 of 2017

  For the third consecutive quarter, North American shipments of plastics machinery posted a year-over-year decline in Q1 of 2017 according to statistics compiled and reported by the Plastics Industry Association’s Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES).   The preliminary estimate for shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding equipment) for reportingRead More

Extrusion systems maker Entek receives patent for self-aligning coupling concept

Entek (Lebanon, OR), a manufacturer of production extrusion systems and components, has been awarded a U.S. patent for its self-aligning shafts and couplings. U.S. patent 9,573,313 B2 was awarded to Entek on Feb. 21, 2017, for its “Extruder Screw Shaft Alignment Apparatus and Method.” Entek employees Craig Benjamin and Melissa Jensen-Morgan, along with Dean Elliott,Read More

Big 3 Precision partners with Fuseneo to blend design innovation and manufacturability

Big 3 Precision (Centralia, IL), a designer and manufacturer of injection blow and injection stretch blow molds, has entered into a strategic partnership with Fuseneo Inc., a structural design firm located near Chicago that applies creativity and technical expertise into the development of innovative products and packaging. The strategic partnership with Fuseneo gives Big 3Read More

Borealis to build dedicated automotive compounding plant in North Carolina

Borealis (Vienna) reports that it will build a dedicated automotive polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Taylorsville, NC, a decision that, the company said, demonstrates the continuing commitment of Borealis to the global automotive industry. Together with Borouge (Abu Dhabi), a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the company isRead More

AIM debuts course on quality systems for medical injection molding

Medical device OEMs and suppliers of injection molding services to the medtech industry may learn a thing or two from a new course developed by the American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute (Erie, PA). AIM has announced that John Anes, an independent consultant with more than 30 years’ management experience in medical device development, manufacture andRead More

Large-scale carbon-fiber adoption in automotive unlikely before 2025

According to an editorial in the May 22 issue of IHS Automotive SupplierInsight , the future of the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) market looks promising, with opportunities in diverse applications such as body in white (BIW) chassis systems, powertrain systems, exteriors and interiors. Carbon fibers are organic materials that have been heat-treated at temperatures of 1,000° to 3,000°Read More