Plastics Technology

NOV 2018

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Incoe Moves into New Headquarters Over the month of August, hot-runner supplier Incoe Corp. moved its three operations in the Detroit area into a new 138,000-ft² global headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. It was previously based in Troy, Mich. The $20-million-plus facility features an 85,000-ft² manu- facturing area that allows for a more streamlined flow of operations, and a 2400-ft² molding laboratory. The lab will be adding three KraussMaffei injec- tion molding machines this year. Incoe celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. 248-616-0220 • General Polymers Relocates Headquarters Fast-growing North American resin distributor General Polymers Thermoplas- tic Materials, LLC has moved its corporate headquarters from Clarkston, Mich., to Auburn Hills, Mich. 800-920-8033 • Covestro Developing New "Super-Plastic" Covestro in Germany (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) is working with indus- try and academic partners to develop a new injection moldable "high- performance thermoplastic," abbreviated HPT and identified only as a "special polyurethane." It is characterized as stable, with high hardness as well as toughness, flexibility, and resistance to heat and many solvents. Anticipated uses include automotive, aviation, and medical. Covestro also emphasizes the environmental and sustainability advantages of the mate- rial. It is based on easily accessible basic chemicals used in production of foams, and a novel catalyst system is said to eliminate complex process steps in its production. The result is said to be 30-60% less greenhouse gas emissions and 40-65% lower energy consumption than are required for production of similar thermoplastics. Covestro and its partners are work- ing on a new continuous process for large-scale production that requires fewer solvents than existing processes. The R&D project is coordinated by Covestro and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Other partners are TWTH Aachen University, the Technical University Berlin, the Leipzig Plastics Center, and aircraft manufacturer Airbus. 844-646-0545 • The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Div. announced last month the winners of its annual parts competition, which were presented in late September in Ft. Worth, Texas, at the division's annual conference. This year's winners are: • People's Choice: Profile Plastics, for a medical-cart enclosure (photo). • Roll-Fed Consumer–Gold: Placon, Poke- mon tray. • Roll-Fed Innovative—Gold: Placon, nametag organizer. • Roll-Fed Innovative—Silver: CMI Plastics, Knob Creek POP display tray. • Roll-Fed Food—Gold: Global Plastics, egg carton. • Heavy-Gauge Vacuum Form—Gold: Fiber Pad, Bass Boat driver console. • Heavy-Gauge Pressure Form—Gold: Profile Plastics, medical-cart enclosure. • Heavy-Gauge Pressure Form—Silver. Ray Products, medical-device cover. • Heavy-Gauge Twin Sheet—Gold: Therma- Hexx, hydronic heat-transfer panel. • Heavy-Gauge Twin Sheet—Silver: Allied Plastics Inc., bear-resistant lid for roll- out cart. Winners Announced at SPE Annual Thermoforming Parts Competition Photo: Dallager Photography 6 NOVEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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