K Channel Articles

Arburg drops first K bombshell — it invents new additive manufacturing process

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — The worlds of precision injection molding and additive manufacturing are coming to a dramatic meeting point here at K 2013.

In an announcement in a late-day press conference before the show opening, Arburg—a leading global supplier of mostly small injection molding machines—said it has developed and will begin selling an additive manufacturing machine that uses regular plastic resins. Arburg has filed for 20 patents covering various aspects of its technologies, which were only indicated in vague terms during formal presentations and follow-up interviews.

Brown Machine introduces new VersaForm FTS-760 thermoformer

October 19, 2013

Traditionally recognized as a provider of wide-bed continuous and cut sheet thermoforming equipment, Brown Machine LLC has integrated many state-of-the-art technical advancements into its latest machine, the VersaForm, to address the production needs of global plastic thermoforming companies. This new machine can be seen at the K Show in Hall 3, Stand G86.

Growth in plasticizers market drives new expansion for Emerald Performance Materials

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, is investing an estimated 5-10 million Euro to re-start a second benzoic acid reactor train at its facility in Rotterdam, Netherlands, adding 75,000 metric tons of new capacity for benzoic acid, the company announced at its K show press conference. With the basic infrastructure already in place, the main investment is in controls and automation, "with little headcount impact," said Julie Vaughn, VP of business development and marketing services at Emerald Performance Materials.

U.S. is suddenly the global bright spot for machine sales

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — The United States is suddenly the star in the global market for injection molding machines. That was one of the highlights of the Engel press presentation at K2013.

Demand for machines in the Americas will grow 6.3% this year, while global demand will drop 6.4%, according to forecasts made by Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel (Schwertberg, Austria). "Demand for machines in the United States which had dropped to 1400, are surprisingly back up to 4000," Dr. Neumann said at a press conference. Demand for machines in Mexico is also very strong. Strong business conditions in the United States are driven in part by the shale gas revolution which is lowering natural gas prices.

Erema unveils what it calls a “new dimension" in plastics recycling

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — You know you're at K 2013, when there is a digital clock down, women playing saxophones and lots of champagne. All of that helped set the tone for plastics recycler systems provider Erema to showcase a new plant system.

Erema's new plant system, called Intarema, features new core technology and is based on the newly developed and globally patented Counter Current technology from Erema.

Single-layer polyacetal tank meets latest fuel permeation regulations

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — Beefed-up regulations governing fuel permeation from small offroad engine tanks used in such products as lawn mowers and recreational vehicles has seen a flurry of development in plastic-based solutions, sometimes involving multilayer blowmolded constructions, and other times surface treatment (fluorination) of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) single-layer constructions. Now, Celanese (6/A07/B07) has developed a polyacetal (POM) resin that can meet the latest EPA and CARB standards in a single-layer, untreated tank. The barrier properties are intrinsic to the resin.

Carbon fiber-polyurethane composites produces class A finish

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — One key to increased penetration of carbon fiber-reinforced composites in the auto sector is reducing processing costs. The latest resin transfer molding (RTM) technology from KraussMaffei is touted as a high efficiency option that could accelerate adoption of such composites.

A production cell giving live demonstrations at the KraussMaffei booth (15/B27/C24/C27/D24) was manufacturing a production-line-ready carbon-fiber-reinforced roof shell with a polyurethane matrix (PUR) for the Roding Roadster R1 sports car. 

Kautex reenters all-electric blowmolding machine business; new machine dedicated to packaging sector

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — Kautex Maschinenbau (14/A16) is back in the all-electric blowmolding machine business with its KBB series. Around eight years after its last all-electric offering disappeared from the scene, the company felt that the time was right to reenter the fray, this time with a unit dedicated to the packaging sector rather than a universal machine.

Explains CEO & Partner Olaf Weiland, "If we compare a Kautex hydraulic machine with the same output, we are now able to offer our latest all-electric machine at a lower cost." 

Dow effectively combines PE and PP; talks packaging market

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf — During its K 2013 press conference, Dow Chemical's elastomers group unveiled a compatibilization technology that combines both non-polar and polar polymers with polypropylene (PP).

Specifically, Dow's Intune PP-based olefin block copolymers combines polyethylene (PE), polyolefin elastomers (POE) and polar materials such as ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and polyamide (PA) with PP.

LyondellBasell makes pipe dreams come true

October 19, 2013

Düsseldorf - "Plastic pipes have been around for over 50 years, but that doesn't mean that innovations aren't possible," said Detlef Schramm, polyethylene pipe marketing manager at LyondellBasell. "Here at K, we're proud to announce the latest additions to our portfolio of resins used in pipe applications: Hostalen CRP 100 RT black and Hostalen CRP 100 RD black."

The new grades address the need for higher temperature resistant materials and greater resistance to the disinfectants used to sanitize drinking water. "We wanted to improve the standard by bringing these properties into the pressure pipe area," Schramm said.