Article Archive

November 2001


Past Issues

Features

Fuel Cells Jolt Plastics Innovation

Optimists view fuel-cell vehicles and power appliances as a coming bonanza for plastics processors. They see potential demand for billions of pounds of thermosets and engineering thermoplastics in plates, membranes, manifolds, pumps, plumbing, and more. But molding challenges and cost hurdles mean success won’t come easily.

Mold Micro Parts Just One Pellet at a Time

Here is a closer look at the unusual micro-injection molding press that was reported briefly in our October issue.

External Gas Molding Squeezes Out Sinks

External gas injection is finally getting molders’ attention as a means to improve part surface quality. Two different approaches are available for licensing. Here’s a look at the processes, the potential benefits, and the commercial players.

Mulch Film Goes High-Tech

Mulch films come in a dazzling array of colors and multi-layered structures designed to manipulate light, temperature, and moisture and repel insects. But high-tech films are expensive and have found only niche markets so far. Processors now think coextrusion, downgauging, and better field testing can put this market on a fast-growth track.

New Ethylene Acrylate Copolymers Try Out for Impact-Modifier Roles

Cost-effective toughening of both commodity and engineering thermoplastics is one of the roles envisioned for a line of specialty ethylene copolymers newly available from DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers, Wilmington, Del.

Fear of Buying

President Bush has urged American consumers to go on about their lives, spend money, keep the economy going. That advice can’t come too soon for plastics processors anxious to get idle machines working.

Strategies

RIM Molder 'Bets the Farm' On Agricultural Vehicles
Back in the mid-1980s, GI Plastek, a custom RIM molder in Newburyport, Mass., was making medical and electronic cabinets, but that market was shrinking rapidly.

Starting Up

Your Business in Brief - November 2001
Mannesmann Machinery Sale CollapsesThe deal to sell Mannesmann Plastics Machinery AG (MPM) of Munich, Germany, fell apart last month.

CW Brabender
HammerTek
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