C. Technology News

Truck tyres with less abrasion

NATURAL rubber from rubber trees is a raw material with a limited supply, according to research by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm. Synthetically produced rubber has not yet been able to match the abrasion behaviour of the natural product, rendering it unsuitable for truck tyres. But now, for the first… Read more »

System measures product as it’s developed & manufactured

CONFORMANCE to size and shape tolerances is critical in technical extrusion profiles used in many different areas of industry. Process stability and capability play an absolutely essential role as the requirement of accurate product measurement to guarantee customer satisfaction is crucial. And that’s where laser measurement solutions become vital. WD Hearn, one of the largest… Read more »

Breaking the sound barrier

IT IS often said that architecture is music frozen in time. But when a building reverberates with the sounds of voices, footfalls of people walking or merely day-to-day activities in such a way that it hinders work performance or impacts on the well-being of employees working in it, serious steps need to be taken to… Read more »

Sustainable and silent

ITALY’S leading manufacturer of electric two-wheelers has specified the use of Thermolast® K for two precision gasketing applications on the new battery boxes of a growing range of power-assisted bikes and electro-scooters. Askoll, based in Dueville (Vicenza, Italy) is using the thermoplastic elastomer material from Kraiburg TPE for an anti-rattle overmoulding of the battery connector… Read more »

First wind turbines with polyurethanes from Covestro

COVESTRO has put into operation its first wind turbines with wind blades made using polyurethane infusion resin. The successful installation marks the latest milestone in Covestro’s mission to commercialise polyurethane infusion resin as a key material that will help to shape the new generation of longer, stronger wind blades demanded by the wind power industry…. Read more »

Foam injection moulding solutions for reusable, recyclable packaging

BOREALIS have launched a new strategic alliance with Bockatech, a UK early stage Greentech and provider of EcoCore technology for sustainable packaging. This new material and technology partnership will advance the circular economy by developing low-cost, high performance, reusable, and recyclable foam injection moulding solutions. The open-innovation agreement will accelerate the development of Bockatech’s technology,… Read more »

BASF pioneers fashion revolution at New York Fashion Week

FASHION label Seven Crash unveiled its innovative ‘Quantus’ collection of unlimited possibilities with its futuristic urban streetwear outfits at the Autumn/Winter New York Fashion Week 2019. The collection, designed in collaboration with chemical company BASF and downstream fabric maker – San Fang,  pushes the boundaries in fabric innovation to enable fashion-forward designs and functionality. BASF’s… Read more »

World’s first design with paper honeycomb trunk floors

GREEN & Light Automotive Components (Green & Light), an innovative company based in China, has introduced an easy-to-clean surface covering for car trunk floors. Using polyurethane paper honeycomb technology, the trunk floor surface is covered by Elastoskin®, a polyurethane skin technology from BASF. Compared to conventional non-woven fabric surfaces, this newly developed product is easier… Read more »

Material solutions for growing pet toy market

US company, Audia Elastomers in Washington, Pennsylvania – a global supplier of innovative elastomer materials – is meeting the growing needs of the durable pet toy market with an extensive range of leading-edge material solutions. The company provides brand owners with high-performance elastomers that deliver durability, tear strength, high clarity and adhesion for a range… Read more »

Dunlop and BASF unleash the performance within tennis rackets

MODERN day tennis players tend to play with more spin and as a result, hit the ball out of the top of the racket rather than the centre. The disadvantage of this is players swing with more force to generate more power and spin. This puts extra load on the player’s arm and can result… Read more »

Plastic-eating mushrooms …

ACCORDING to a recent study conducted by London based Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew claims that fungi are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastics. The aspergillus tubingensis fungus was featured in the State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report, which also documented that fungi are optimal in producing sustainable building materials and are capable of removing… Read more »

Ocean Cleanup sets sail to Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A TUGBOAT departed San Francisco Bay on 8 September bound for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with a marine litter collection system in tow, designed to rid the seas of plastic. According to PlasticNews.com, the tug was deployed by the Rotterdam, Netherlands-based nonprofit group Ocean Cleanup. The 610-metre-long system consists of a floating plastic boom… Read more »

Zerma install mammoth horizontal shredder, and more

JEFF Cawcutt and his Zerma Africa team are grateful to have had a busy couple of months, installing several Zerma shredders and granulators around the country. Sizabantu Piping Systems, established in 2002 as a specialist supplier of plastic piping to the civil, industrial, mining and agricultural sectors; and having grown from strength to strength, partnered… Read more »

Gelvenor Textiles awarded most innovative with world-first product

NATIONAL awards officially recognising innovation and excellence in Advanced Manufacturing were made for the first time in South Africa at the African Additive Manufacturing & Composites Show held in PE in November. The National Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards, hosted by the DT and the national Composites Cluster, were opened to all companies operating in the… Read more »

Nissei ASB introduces PF36 family

BUILDING on the success of the PF24-8B 1.5 Step injection stretch blow moulding machine first launched at K2013 in Düsseldorf, Nissei ASB recently debuted the first of its new PF36 Series at China Brew & Beverage 2018 in Shanghai.  The new model line-up extends the range and capabilities of the platform providing higher productivity and… Read more »

The choice of gravimetric or volumetric

The SPECTROFLEX V from motan-colortronic is a modular, extremely flexible volumetric dosing system for powder, granules, pellets, regrind, flakes and fibres. The modular design enables optimized individual adaptation. With just a few hand movements, the dosing unit can easily be adapted to different material properties. There is now a gravimetric dosing module available for the… Read more »

Thermoforming parts – winning designs

THE Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced the winners of its annual parts competition. “A variety of heavy and thin gauge parts of exceptional quality were submitted to this year’s competition,” noted Matt O’Hagan of the SPE Thermoforming Division’s Board of Directors. “This year’s winning entries highlighted the innovation that continues to… Read more »

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Global experts at inaugural Advanced Manufacturing show in PE

Examples of technological advancement world-wide at inaugural event THE 4th industrial revolution is not science fiction. Experts from across the globe affirmed the reality, scope and scale of technological advancement world-wide at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show in Port Elizabeth from 6-8 November. This was the biggest ever gathering of additive manufacturing,… Read more »