Celanese In Strategic Supply Deal For Deepwater Thermoplastic Composite Pipes

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 2. July 2014

Celanese Corp. has devised an interesting multi-year strategic supply agreement with Airborne Oil & Gas B.V., the global leading supplier of spoolable thermoplastic composite pipe systems for deepwater offshore operations, for the development and supply of thermoplastic composite materials for these pipe systems.


Global composites business manager Michael Ruby says, “Our multi-year supply agreement demonstrates the Celanese commitment to meeting the needs of the oil and gas sector and supporting it future needs. It will ensure a supply of numerous, fully-qualified engineered materials that can meet the demand for oil and gas pipes.”


The company already plays an important role in helping to ensure efficient offshore operations via engineered materials used in thermoplastic composite pipe. A good example is the flexible pipeline system for Airborne that incorporates Celstran CFR-TP (continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite) technologies, which is suitable for use in flowlines, downlines, jumpers, intervention lines, risers and other offshore pipe systems.


The durable, spoolable, lightweight composite pipe systems designed and manufactured by Airborne, have high mechanical strength to withstand the extremely high pressures and tensile loads of deep-sea offshore operations, and combine and excellent chemical stability with very good resistance to fatigue, aging and permeation. The absence of corrosion reduces maintenance costs, and the smooth inner bore improves the pressure performance. These pipes are made in a fully-automated manufacturing process and can be made up to several kilometers of length in one product.


Celstran CFR-TP offers the widest range of matrix materials available in the composites industry, and numerous reinforcing fiber options. These composites can be tailored to meet specific dimensional and application requirements for robust, lightweight and corrosion-resistant parts that require: superior performance vs. metal and metal alloys; significant reduction in lifecycle costs compared to metal; outstanding mechanical properties—low weight with high rigidity and toughness; high impact and notched impact strength; very low creep and warpage; resistance to interlaminar crack propagation; and very good resistance to high temperatures.


Want to find or compare materials data for different resins, grades, or suppliers? Check out Plastic Technology’s Plaspec Global materials database.



Molder PMT Named Manufacturer of the Year

By: James Callari 2. July 2014

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT) was named was named Manufacturer of the Year at the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit, held June 6, in Palm Beach, Fla. The El Paso, Tex. injection molder was named the top honoree among companies with revenues of less than $1 billion, and also received the Operational Leadership Award and the Sustainability Leadership Award.


PMT was selected based on its development and implementation of transformative projects that demonstrated innovation and best practices. PMT earned the Operational Leadership Award for its commitment to wide-ranging continuous improvement programs, which have yielded measurable results and contributed positively to quality, service, and overall company performance. PMT’s ongoing sustainability initiative has focused on reducing energy consumption and operational waste through various strategies, including the development of proprietary technologies that reduce the amount of electricity used by molding presses.


 “We are honored to receive these awards, which reflect positively on the entire plastics industry as well as our many PMT team members, who helped develop and implement the programs that earned us this recognition,” said Charles A. Sholtis, PMT’s CEO and owner (pictured). “These honors simply reinforce that the plastics industry is at the forefront of best practices in manufacturing.”


PMT was nominated by IQMS, Paso Robles, Calif., whose enterprise resource planning software solutions were said to have helped to power the injection molder’s initiatives related to both continuous improvement and sustainability.  


amerimold marks record event

1. July 2014

A record 2,919 registrants representing 41 states and 29 countries participated in the amerimold tradeshow and technical conference, organized by Plastics Technology publisher, Gardner Business Media, Inc..


Held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., amerimold’s included more than 135 exhibitors displaying products and services used for injection molding as well as designing, building, and maintaining molds.


The 2014 technical conference consisted of three mold-making central tasks: engineer, build, and maintain. More than 50 industry experts presented on topics ranging from mold design and additive manufacturing to automated die/mold machining and advanced mold maintenance.


The 2014 event, included the introduction of Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive (TCC Auto). Presented by CompositesWorld and Plastics Technology, the debut technical conference connected automotive manufacturers, advanced materials companies and injection molders, discussing trends for automobile light weighting and cost reduction.


Two annual amerimold traditions provided networking offerings at this year’s event. The “Top 10 Reasons to Be a Moldmaker,” were announced onsite via a limited edition “Top 10” t-shirt. On the event’s opening evening, attendees and exhibitors came together at the annual Leadtime Leader Award ceremony and networking reception.


amerimold will co-locate with Molding 2015 at Rosemont, IL’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, June 17-18, 2015. Earlier this year, Gardner announced the acquisition of the Molding conference earlier this year from Executive Conference Management.

Do You Have Your NPE2015 Hotel Booked Yet?

1. July 2014

Registered attendees can reserve rooms at special low rates for NPE2015, and if you haven’t registered yet (one more to-do item to check off), you can do so at Just click on the “Register to Attend” button.


Organized by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, NPE is a triennial international plastics exposition to be held March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. This will be the second iteration of the show in Orlando after it executed a successful and well-received move from Chicago in 2012.


SPI believes NPE2015 will be the largest plastics industry event in 2015, with the trade show portion to include 2,000 exhibitors spread out over more than 1 million-ft2 (93,000 m2) of exhibit space.


Why should you book your room now? SPI is expecting the show to attract more than 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries. Plastics professionals will come not only for the exposition, but also several co-located events, including the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC 2015 technical conference; SPI’s Business of Plastics conference; a Spanish-language seminar; the new NPE3D exhibition and conference about 3D printing; the Zero Waste Zone; and other special programs.


Orlando’s hotels boast an inventory exceeding 115,000 rooms, which sounds like and is a lot, but those hotels are also experiencing higher and higher booking rates. According to Visit Orlando’s Metro Orlando Annual Lodging Industry Results, hotels located on International Drive, where many of the Orange County Convention Center hotels are located, occupancy rates in 2013 were up 1.4% over 2012, to 71.6%.


That compares to 62.3% for the U.S. and 67.0% for all of Florida. Convention and business occupancy rates rose 2.0% in 2013, from 70.2% to 71.6%. The average daily rate for International Drive rose by 2.6% in 2013, from $109.03 to $111.84. That’s a smaller increase than the national rate, which rose 3.9% to $110.35 and the rate for all of Florida, which jumped 4.6% to $118.46.


Orlando had 59 million visitors in 2013, setting an all-time record for U.S. destinations, according to Visit Orlando. The record-breaking year reflected a 3% increase over the previous high water mark set in 2012. Orlando International Airport’s passenger traffic, however, was essentially flat in 2013, slipping 1.0 percent from 2012 levels to 34.9 million.


NPE bump
In 2012, when NPE first moved to Orlando, Orange County Convention Center Convention and Tradeshow attendance jumped 8.7% to 1.316 million. It dropped by 5.5% in 2013 to 1.244 million, but through the start of 2014, was tracking 4.9% higher and will no doubt get a nice NPE bump once again in 2015.


Book through the NPE2015 housing office
By booking your room through the NPE2015 Housing Office (Expovision), SPI notes that attendees will receive the following benefits:


  • The guaranteed lowest rates for the dates of the show—negotiated exclusively for show attendees and exhibitors
  • Automatic adjustment if rates drop after you make your reservation
  • Complimentary shuttle service between your hotel and the Orange County Convention Center

SPI notes that attendees should know all reservations require a deposit equal to the first night’s rate plus tax. Shuttle buses will run between NPE2015 designated hotels and the Orange County Convention Center on Monday, March 23 – Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. On Friday, March 27, the shuttles will run from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30pm.  


Hotel scams
SPI is warning potential show goers to “be wary” when they book lodging, noting that hotel room scams are on the rise in Orlando. Per SPI:


Visit Orlando has reported hundreds of complaints from tradeshow managers regarding exhibitors and attendees who booked rooms through a “3rd party room broker” and ended up at sold out hotels with no reservations and no recourse for the payment of rooms. The Official NPE2015 Housing Office (EXPOVISION) requires only a one night room plus tax deposit without any contracts to secure hotel room reservations.


New Study Finds Plastic Bag Bans Have Had Reverse Effects

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 25. June 2014

A new study from the Reason Foundation--a public policy think tank that promotes choice, competition, and a dynamic market economy, assessed the environmental and economic effects of grocery bag bans. The findings may be surprising to the bans’ proponents who claim benefits such as a reduction in litter and other environmental impacts, ranging from resource use to emission of greenhouse gases, to a reduction of municipal costs for litter removal and waste collection. 


Using the best data available, “How Green Is That Grocery Bag Ban”, investigated the claims of proponents of such ordinances, which have been passed in about 190 municipalities in the U.S. within the last 15 years, imposing bans, fees and/or taxes on plastic grocery (HDPE) bags.  The findings include:


• Such bans have had nearly no impact on the amount of litter generated. In fact, plastic bag litter constitutes only 0.6% of visible litter across the U.S. So, even banning all plastic bags would have little impact on overall litter. Moreover, it accounts for less than 1% of visible litter items in storm drains, so it does not pose a flood threat.


• Plastic bags have had no discernible impact on the amount of plastic in the ocean or on the number of marine animals harmed by debris.


• There is no evidence of a reduction in waste collections costs.


• Some alternative bags appear to be superior to lightweight plastic on some environmental measures, such as use of energy and emissions of greenhouse gases. But that is true only if those bags are reused a sufficient number of times—ranging from six to 30 or more, depending on the bag. In practice, households do not typically reuse their bags enough to achieve those gains. At actual reuse rates, plastic bags result in about half the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of alternative bags.


• There is likely an adverse health effect from people failing to wash bacteria-ridden reusable bags, the use of which may increase as a result of restrictions on the distribution of other bag types.


• The cost of plastic bag bans fall disproportionally on the poor.


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