3D printing is a technology that has, for more than a decade, seen inroads mostly in the hobbyist community. It’s expensive and slow, but is capable of producing items that are difficult — if not impossible — to replicate with more traditional processes. But 3D printing could have a real place in the future of manufacturing.
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls plans to close a central Kentucky plastics manufacturing plant early next year, potentially putting nearly 400 employees out of work. The Courier-Journal reports that a mass layoff notice filed with the Kentucky Office of Employment & Training on Friday says up to 392 workers could be cut in February when the facility in Louisville closes.
“The expansion at Bakersfield is a long-term strategic decision for NuSil to help facilitate and maintain the growth of the company,” said Scott Mraz, President and CFO of NuSil Technology LLC. “Our goal is to increase capacity with the best available manufacturing technology, and we have made significant investments in new energy-efficient buildings and processes to accomplish this goal.”
A plastics company that has plants in four other Kentucky cities plans to reopen a facility in western Kentucky, creating 400 new full-time jobs in Madisonville. Berry Plastics Corp. announced Tuesday it will begin reconfiguring the Madisonville plant, with production expected to begin next year.
Chemical company PolyOne Corp. reported an 11 percent increase in its third-quarter net income on Wednesday and disclosed it has agreed to buy plastics products maker Spartech Corp. for $246 million in stock and cash. PolyOne makes resins used in plastic pipe and other products, and said the earnings increase reflected an improved product mix.
Myers Industries Inc., which makes plastic products for industrial, agricultural, automotive markets, said Tuesday that it completed its acquisition of Jamco Products Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Jamco designs and manufactures a variety of heavy-duty industrial steel carts and safety cabinets.
While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the highest levels in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those with the lowest. There are other factors that could explain the results, and many reasons why children gain too much weight, the researchers said.
The government of India's capital is hoping that a strict ban on plastic bags will help the environment. An engineer with Delhi's government says that starting next week, the manufacture and sale of all types of plastic sheets and bags will be banned in the city, citing their environmental dangers.
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill Sunday that would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs, calling it a "roadblock" for local communities to make their own choices. The proposed law says manufacturers must set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate by 12 percent by 2015 and to eventually make bags from at least 30 percent recycled content.
Should headphones made out of recycled trash ever cost $349? Perhaps, if they're designed by musician will.i.am.
Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. will help Eastman gain more access to fast-growing consumer packaged goods markets in Asia.
Bespoke Innovations uses 3D scanning to capture and accurately recreate to produce a custom form that changes the way the world views prosthetics.
Shin-Etsu Silicones of America recently premiered advanced technical demonstrations with industry leading equipment partners, featuring Shin-Etsu’s KEG-2000 LIMS (Liquid Injection Molding System) products’ advanced handling and molding properties being run with a variety of integrated LIMS machinery and equipment.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) HealthCare Markets, a leading supplier of high-performance medical device components, introduces Compass Technology, a new co-development for silicone extrusion.
Bridgestone Americas plans to invest $74 million more through next year to expand its Firestone tire factory in Des Moines.
Environmentalists believe a ban in the city of 4 million will have a huge impact and could even influence the rest of the country to follow suit.
Plastics recycler The Highlands Group says the new facility will have 34 manufacturing jobs.
The purchaser, Henkel AG, said the specialty adhesives, which are used in industrial and consumer products, will complement its current lineup.
The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis, as Ford said it doesn't expect the shortage of PA-12 to affect production.
A shortage of the resin the Evonik Industries plant produces is threatening to cut car production just as auto sales are accelerating in the U.S.
The resin, called PA-12, is most critical in fuel and brake lines because it can carry gasoline and other fluids without deteriorating.
Michelin is recalling more than 77,000 bus tires because sidewall defects can cause them to lose air rapidly, increasing the risk of a crash.
An explosion at Evonik Industries in Germany killed two workers and damaged a factory that makes a component of plastic fuel and brake lines.
Del-Nat Tire Corp. says it will pull 2,663 Chaparral Radial XT tires off the market because of a defect that could increase the chances of a crash.
Additive manfuacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that can produce large, complicated designs with only a fraction of the waste as seen in the typical machining process.