Processes>>Blow Molding

Kautex focuses on fuel tanks of the future

Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH -- already the leader in blow molding machines for making automotive gasoline tanks -- now is building complete automated production lines for filament-wound composite tanks for compressed natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles.


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Walking on water

For two weeks this summer, the artist Christo will turn an Italian lake in the foothills of the Alps into his latest participatory art project, building long, temporary bridges of plastic to form walkways stretching several kilometers over the water.


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Kautex breaks ground on central China plant

Leading automotive supplier Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG will be making plastic fuel tanks in China that can meet emission standards in California.


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Chinese-owned YFS investing in $27 million in Detroit

YFS Automotive Systems Inc. said it plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot plant on 30 acres of vacant industrial property in Detroit.


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LiquiForm looks to fundamentally change blow molding process for bottles

Those in the know are lifting the veil, just a bit, on fledgling technology being developed that would fundamentally change the way plastic bottles are formed and filled.


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Jinming licenses Dow technology

Guangdong Jinming Machinery Co. Ltd. said it is poised to becoming the first Chinese machinery manufacturer to master polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) processing technology, thanks to a licensing agreement with Dow Chemical Co.


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New technology molds plastic with consumable liquid

A new blow molding and filling technology called LiquiForm has been announced that uses pressurized consumable liquid instead of compressed air to form plastic containers.


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Sidel designs plastic beer bottle that looks like glass

In what could be a Holy Grail moment for beer in plastics, Sidel Group has launched what it calls the world's pasteurizeable lightweight PET beer bottle with a standard "champagne" base -- not a petaloid-shaped base with feet.


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China's biggest fuel tank maker getting a US foothold

The majority owner of China's biggest fuel tank maker is expanding its global automotive footprint with the acquisition of the fuel tank unit of Canada's ABC Group.


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TI Automotive expands in Guangzhou

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based TI Automotive Ltd. has opened a new facility in Guangzhou, China, to blow mold fuel tank systems. The 67,000-square-foot plant will make tanks for Nissan, Toyota, Peugeot Citroen and Qoros.


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