Global Plastics Trends Report
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) released its annual Global Trends report today at the 2020 Global Plastics Summit (GPS). The report, which analyzes trade data from 2019 and the first six months of 2020, paints a complex but promising portrait of the U.S. plastics industry in the international market.
First live e-xperience
True passion, real innovation, virtual experience – this was the message which ENGEL put out for the first edition of the ENGEL live e-xperience in mid-October 2020 – and ENGEL was true to its word. Several thousand customers, partners and interested parties from 90 countries took part in the virtual trade fair and online conference. The keynotes, expert talks, one-on-one meetings and machine exhibits in the virtual showroom were very well attended throughout all four live days. All presentations are still available from the media library.
TRB develops ground-breaking solution
TRB Lightweight Structures (TRB) has created a new production process to deliver continuous-fibre thermoset composite parts at high volume. By combining innovations in materials science with robotic manufacturing, TRB is making advanced composites competitive for automotive and aviation markets. This automated manufacturing process is already being used to supply a global Tier 1 powertrain manufacturer with critical battery components destined for electric buses.
Kautex Maschinenbau: Product initiative
The global market leader in the field of extrusion blow molding technology is going to modernize and extend its portfolio for the packaging sector significantly over the next few months. This is what the manufacturer announced in October. The range of solutions will be tailored to future customer requirements in a considerably more modular and transparent way. With its new strategy, the company is aiming to develop smart production solutions for articles, which can be produced at a reasonable cost while adding value and providing the highest quality. The topic of sustainability will also have a decisive role to play.
Fast Track ZSK Extruders
Italian compounder Sirmax goes forward to invest in technological innovation, continuing strongly in the direction of a sustainable business. The company from Padua (Italy) has expanded its production capacity for sustainable plastics, relying upon Fast Track ZSK extruders from Coperion. These new models stand out for their especially short lead times and subsequent rapid ROI. In Sirmax’s case, Coperion designed two ZSK 70 Mc18 twin screw extruders especially for processing bioplastics. Only five months after placing the order, both Fast Track ZSK extruders have commenced production
Valicare extends GxP expertise
New consulting services for the transition from development to clinical manufacturing.
Kumovis to showcase new 3D printing solutions
Kumovis, developer of the world’s first FLM 3D printer built for medical production, is presenting new high-performance polymers at the leading trade fairs in medical technology and additive manufacturing. At virtual.COMPAMED and Formnext Connect, visitors will also learn all about Kumovis R1 and the medical applications for which the industry-specific 3D printer is suited. Talk and discussion formats as well as the virtual Kumovis booth will provide opportunities for personal exchange.
Reducing pressure for success
ENGEL is providing detailed information on all aspects of structural foam moulding at a three-day online conference from 17 to 19 November 2020. For the first time, the traditional foammelt conference will be a virtual event. Conceived as a free event, this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to get started with structural foam moulding. foammelt experts will also benefit from taking part. The conference is geared towards plastics processors and mould manufacturers as well as developers and design engineers. The conference languages are German and English.
Special capabilities of the Freeformer
When it comes to demanding AM parts, the Freeformer is in its element. The Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) process with the Freeformer is predestined for medical technology, the processing of soft materials and PP, as well as for the additive manufacturing of multi-component parts. High-temperature plastics can also be processed using the open system. All these special capabilities are shown by Arburg during the formnext connect 2020, also in three expert presentations. In addition, Arburg presents the integration of the Freeformer into the digital customer portal arburgXworld as special titbit.
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