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Published: 3/22/2004

Wood Tubes Close-Up
Hollow tubing with a high loading of wood fiber is one of the newest products—and one of the trickiest—in the booming business of wood-filled thermoplastic extrusion.

Published: 3/1/2004

Family Lumber Business Turns To Plastics
Five years ago, Quality Wood Treating in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., was a 30-year-old family lumber business and one of the largest wood pressure-treaters in the country.

Published: 9/1/2003

NPE News Wrap-Up: Compounding
For nano-, long-glass, and wood composites, exhibitors presented new systems with four screws, tandem twin-screws, and twin-plus-single-screw combinations

Published: 8/1/2003

Plastics a Carpenter Could Love
Jim Rock has tried to put sawdust into plastics off and on for 20 years, long before wood composites became fashionable.

Published: 1/1/2002

Twin-Screws & Kneaders Pack More Muscle
This K show demonstrated the continuing evolution toward higher torque, screw speed, and throughput rates in twin-screw compounders. There were also new developments for reducing wear when processing filled compounds and new processes available for ...

Published: 7/1/2001

Foaming Expands Possibilities for Wood-Fiber Composites
Over a dozen processors already foam wood-fiber composites and an equal number are experimenting with it. Foaming with wood cuts resin cost and weight in half and brings design advantages. But it also requires particular know-how in materials formul...

Published: 3/1/2001

Die Drawing Makes ‘Plastic Steel’From Wood-Filled PP
A developer of new plastics technologies is applying low-temperature die drawing to take advantage of a new raw material: expanded, oriented, wood-filled polypropylene (EOW-PP).

Published: 7/1/2000

Get a Stake in PVC Fencing
PVC fence markets are posting rapid gains, prompting profile extruders to install new machines by the dozens and convert existing plants from pipe and siding production. New players are jumping in, too including makers of wood-filled composites.

Published: 1/1/2000

Wood-Fiber Adds Stiffness and Value To Tight-Tolerance Tubes
Hollow tubing with a high loading of wood fiber is one of the newest products—and one of the trickiest—in the booming business of wood-filled thermoplastic extrusion.

Published: 10/1/1999

Natural Fibers: The New Fashion In Automotive Plastics
Lightweight, strong, and low-cost, natural fibers are poised to replace glass and mineral fillers in numerous interior parts.