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The joint journey to flexible production. 
(Photo: Omron, PR046)

31 May 2018

The joint journey to flexible production

Flexible production to address current and future needs of consumers receives much attention from the manufacturing industry that has embraced Industrie 4.0. The days of rigid production environments are numbered and fast change-overs are a prerequisite to make sure customization does not affect OEE severely. Omron has been a pioneer in successful solutions to realize flexible production in industries like automotive, pharma, and food & commodities. At Automatica 2018 Omron will announce new hard- and software that will further optimize its industry leading portfolio for flexible manufacturing.

Keltan hosts successful 2018 Innovation Challenge. 
(Photos ARLANXEO, ARPR035)

30 May 2018

ARLANXEO: Keltan hosts successful “2018 Innovation Challenge”

Maastricht / Geleen - ARLANXEO’s Keltan business has successfully hosted a two-day event during which scientists, experts and students discussed the future challenges of Keltan® EPDM.

TE Connectivity launches new MU27P connectors for control and communications between rail locomotives and vehicles. 
(Source: TE Connectivity, PR255)

30 May 2018

TE Connectivity launches new MU27P connectors for control and communications between rail locomotives and vehicles

DARMSTADT, Germany – May 30, 2018 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, is introducing MU27P connectors to ensure reliable control and communication connections between railway locomotives and vehicles. The 27-point plugs and receptacles (including dummy receptacles) allow a single point in the train to issue up to 27 commands to all or some of the vehicles simultaneously.

Future-proofing of Perstorp’s UK Capa™ caprolactone monomer plant is on course.
(Photo: Perstorp)

29 May 2018

Future-proofing of Perstorp’s UK Capa™ caprolactone monomer plant is on course

Perstorp - May 29, 2018 - “Perstorp has made significant progress in ‘future-proofing’ its Capa caprolactone monomer plant in Warrington, United Kingdom. The project was announced last August, with work beginning in the final quarter of 2017. Major milestones have already been passed”, says Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President Specialties & Solutions at Perstorp.

KRAIBURG TPE sees tremendous potential for custom-engineered thermoplastic elastomers with adjustable proportions of renewable raw materials of up to 90%, both in the consumer market and also in the industrial and automotive markets. 
(Photo: © 2018 KRAIBURG TPE)

29 May 2018

KRAIBURG TPE is starting an ambitious campaign to develop custom-engineered thermoplastic elastomers containing variable proportions of renewable raw materials

By developing customer-specific and application-specific compounds using renewable raw materials, KRAIBURG TPE is aiming to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable thermoplastic elastomers and is playing a pioneering role in the innovative developments involved. In close contact with its customers and with a reliable network of raw materials suppliers, the company is benefiting from its core competence in custom-engineered TPEs based on both existing and new, innovative formulations.

28 May 2018

Perstorp AB and 3D4Makers sign a Joint Venture agreement to form ElogioAM, a 3D Printing materials company

Perstorp - May 28, 2018 - Perstorp AB, global leading specialty chemicals company, and 3D4Makers, a high performance 3D printing filament producer, are joining forces with a new Joint Venture: ElogioAM, to bring new material solutions in order to advance the additive manufacturing industry. By combining the deep insights of both companies into chemicals and polymers, ElogioAM is bringing the world’s first fifth-generation 3D filament, Facilan, which enables applications previously unobtainable with other 3D printing materials.

Avery Dennison introduces new solutions for vehicle customisation and protection.
(Photo: Avery Dennison, PR389)

28 May 2018

Avery Dennison introduces new solutions for vehicle customisation and protection

OEGSTGEEST, the Netherlands — May 28, 2018 — Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions launched two new ranges of vehicle films addressing comfort, safety and value protection. The new solutions were introduced in Berlin at FESPA, Europe's largest exhibition for the wide format print industry.

Three new series in Avery Dennison's Automotive Window Film (AWF) range are designed to enable highly creative vehicle restyling as well as safety enhancements and heat and glare rejection. Another material range, Avery Dennison Supreme Protection Film XI (SPF-XI), offers self-healing protection for vehicles and resists damage caused by stone chips, road debris, insect stains and weathering.

Oliver Guenther, senior director, marketing and channel strategy for Avery Dennison, said that the new window film portfolios are especially attractive to installers because they allow material characteristics to be matched very precisely to user needs: “There are seventeen distinct materials in the window film portfolios. It means that whatever aesthetics and level of light transmission a customer wants —from 6% to optically clear — one of these materials will be a good choice. In addition, Avery Dennison adhesive technology enables very good dot matrix fitting and easy installation.”

Window film options include High-Performance Films, Infrared Films, and Non-Reflective Films. Pascal Braker, key account manager for Avery Dennison, said he expects a high level of interest in the new films: “These materials offer outstanding performance both during installation and over time. They add very significantly to vehicle comfort, and allow some arresting designs to be created by installers.”

AWF Non-Reflective Films use nanotechnology to reject heat. Light transmission ranges from 5-50%, with 99% UV block and up to 94% glare reduction. They do not contain a metal layer, so create no interference with electronics.

The AWF Infrared Film rejects heat radiation while allowing visible light and blocking 99% of UV light. High clarity means it is suitable for front-cabin installation.

The largest of the new ranges is the AWF High-Performance Films portfolio. Twelve different films, each available in three widths, allow for the desired level of cost, solar, heat and safety performance. The range's HP Pro films give outstanding shrinkage performance, quick drying time and ease of handling – at four different light transmission levels. Also with four transmission levels, the HP Films are cost-effective metal-dye hybrid materials with good dot matrix compatibility. The portfolio's HP Safety materials are designed to keep shattered glass in place, and use a specialist adhesive that ensures no smears or smudging, with outstanding clarity and colour stability.

Avery Dennison Supreme Protection Film XI (SPF-XI) improves and safeguards vehicle aesthetics, while helping to retain resale value. It uses a high-quality, self-healing thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film that is easy to apply, and ultra-clear to ensure excellent aesthetics.

More details on the new ranges are available at
Automotive Window Film:
Supreme Protection Film XI:

Archroma breaks new ground with new aniline-free* indigo for denim. 
(Photographs: Archroma)

28 May 2018

Archroma breaks new ground with new aniline-free* indigo for denim

Reinach, Switzerland, 28 May 2018 - Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has presented an aniline-free* denim indigo dye at the recent Planet Textiles 2018 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The brand new dye provides a non-toxic way to produce the traditional, iconic indigo blue that consumers associate with denim and jeans.

(Photos: Mondi, PR090)

28 May 2018

Mondi Release Liner sets its sights firmly on North America

Vienna, 28 May 2018 – Mondi Group, a global leader in paper and packaging, has joined the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), the leading North American trade association for release liners, and is fully committed to further supporting its existing assets and presence in the region’s tape industry.

New Moog Digital Test Controller’s modularity allows for jobs big and small working for hydraulic and electric systems. (Photo Moog, MGPR1707)

23 May 2018

At Automotive Testing Expo 2018, Moog’s New Test Controller Proves its Reliability and Value

East Aurora, NY, USA, May 23, 2018 – Moog (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) – a designer and manufacturer of high-performance motion control products, solutions and services – will show a working model of its new up to 32-channel, Moog test controller, for automotive test lab managers at the Automotive Testing Expo 2018 at Stand 1752, Hall 10 from June 5 – 7 in Stuttgart, Germany. Along with the new Moog Test Controller, Moog will run a fully Electric Multi-Axis Test System configured to test the durability of an automotive seat. Moog developed its Moog Test Controller in response to lab managers’ desire for an easy-to-use product that delivers an attractive value with a wide set of features.