Date Archive - September 2021

Teknor Apex Adds Compounding Capacity, Inaugurates European Center of Excellence

Compounder Teknor Apex Co. has completed a state-of-the-art 50,000-square-meter facility in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, which increases its manufacturing capacity of custom compounds and simultaneously establishes a European Center of Excellence for plastics R&D. The site employs more than 100 positions in manufacturing, business support, and commercial operations. The new Teknor Apex facility extends its technical capabilities and accelerates technology development. The Rothenburg facility produces thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and…

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Plastic-Like Compostable Packaging Is Baked

A dough made from starch, fiber, and little else that’s baked into compostable packaging using patented technology by Evanesce Packaging Solutions is a breakthrough recipe for sustainable packaging. Company founder Douglas Horne was an elected government official in British Columbia, Canada, when he came across the technology. It so profoundly changed his way of thinking about packaging that it prompted Horne to change careers. “At that time, I felt that we should…

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How Troubleshooting Challenges in the Existing Recycling Ecosystem led to a Revolution of the Industry

Advanced and mechanical recycling should act as valuable complements to ensure material is recycled both effectively and efficiently. Traditionally, mechanical recycling has been the only available technology for recycling plastics. Mechanical recycling has several advantages, such as technology maturity and low energy requirements. However, this method alone cannot create a circular economy. Providing communities with new options available through advanced recycling technologies in addition to mechanical recycling technology offers a…

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Evonik Tackles High-Voltage Battery Demand in EVs

Evonik is expanding its portfolio of polyamide 12 compounds for insulating electrical conductors with Vestamid LX9050 OR. By using halogen-free flame retardants in accordance with IEC 60754, the compound meets the requirements for V-0 flammability classification according to UL 94. Busbars insulated with the new RAL 2003 signal orange-colored material can be used at elevated operating temperatures up to 125°C. In the future, busbars made of copper or aluminum in…

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Plastics Extrusion Machinery Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Plastics Extrusion Machinery (PEM) LLC, a manufacturer of downstream extrusion equipment for PVC piping and custom profiles, will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening on Oct. 7 to celebrate completion of its new manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in McPherson, KS. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the new building located at 2475 Northview Road. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, PEM will open the facility for tours. Guests can view…

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Matrix Tool Wins Inaugural Hot Shots Competition

The team at Matrix Tool saw most of their competition in the first-ever Hot Shots injection molded parts competition when they arrived at Molding 2021 (Sept. 21-23; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; Rosemont, Ill.) and set out their parts along side the other entered components. Impressed—and a little intimidated—by the opposition, Matrix’s Dave Moyak, who along with Sodick Plustech’s Len Hampton, accepted the awards in a ceremony on Sept. 22, admitted…

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