It's back! Bakelite comes home for visit
YONKERS, N.Y. Bakelite is returning to its birthplace in Yonkers.
The Hudson River Museum will host an exhibit Feb. 6 to June 6 of 300 objects from the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection.
The exhibit, Bakelite in Yonkers: Pioneering the Age of Plastics, marks the first time the European collection has returned to Yonkers, where Leo Baekeland invented the first synthetic plastic in 1907.
Dutch collector/producer Reindert Groot has gathered about 4,000 objects and documents related to Bakelite over the past 20 years. Designs by Raymond Loewy, Philip Starck and other important names are included.
The exhibit also will include pieces on loan from the Yonkers Historical Society and Hugh Karraker, one of Baekeland's great-grandchildren.
Materials Innovation receives NSF grant
FLETCHER, N.C. Technology firm Materials Innovation Technologies LLC has received a $132,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop specialty plastics from recycled material.
Fletcher-based Materials Innovation will use the funding to develop long-fiber-thermoplastic composites made from recycled carbon fiber, according to a spokesman for Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., who announced the award Dec. 9.
Materials designed by Materials Innovation will be aimed at automotive and aerospace markets. They're designed to reduce the volume of plastic discarded as waste.
These are the types of federal grants that can help turn new technologies into products and jobs, Shuler said. I applaud [Materials Innovation's] efforts to produce new products from recycled plastics that otherwise would end up in our landfills.
Officials with Materials Innovation could not be reached for comment. The 5-year-old firm previously has done research work with catalytic converters, heat exchangers and medical devices.
Materials Innovation was founded by financial industry veteran Bill Austin and Jim Stike, who previously launched microporous materials maker Porvair Advanced Materials. The firm's goal is to develop a business enterprise needed to advance the commercialization of emerging technologies.
Schulman expands pact with Cereplast
HAWTHORNE, CALIF. Bioplastics maker Cereplast Inc. has expanded its distribution agreement with A. Schulman Inc. to include Europe.
Fairlawn, Ohio-based Schulman has distributed Cereplast's Compostable and Hybrid brands of bioplastics in North America. Schulman is a leading compounder in both North America and Europe.
Adding Cereplast products in Europe will allow Schulman to launch a new offering composed of bio-based materials to customers interested in more environmentally friendly solutions, officials with both firms said in a Jan. 5 news release.
Cereplast of Hawthorne uses corn, tapioca, wheat and potatoes in its bioplastics. The firm also compounds Ingeo-brand polylactic acid made by NatureWorks LLC of Minnetonka, Minn. Cereplast plans to launch a line of algae-based resins this year.
Triangle Tool buys new milling machine
MILWAUKEE Triangle Tool Corp. is filling its previously announced, 18,000-square-foot expansion with new equipment, including an OKK milling machine to help the Milwaukee toolmaker fill demand for its expanding business in specialty machining.
The shuttle-style milling center can handle pieces up to 6,600 pounds and allows an operator to set up one piece while the machine is milling another, said technical sales manager Vic Baez in a Dec. 16 news release.
Triangle now has four shuttle-style machines, part of the firm's fleet of 15 machines with four- and five-axis capability.
Industry veterans launch search firm
NEWARK, DEL. Plastics industry veterans Bob Liskiewicz and Jamie Mosberg have opened Leadership Plus, a global executive search firm for the polymer and chemical industries.
The business helps fill senior and key midlevel management positions, primarily in commercial and technical areas, and helps with succession planning.
Liskiewicz, based in Hudson, Ohio, has more than 30 years of experience, with Monsanto Inc., Advanced Elastomer Systems LP and ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Mosberg has worked with plastics firms for more than 20 years and is a managing partner of Global Recruiters of Wilmington in Newark, Del.
The firm launched Oct. 1, Liskiewicz said.
Steer Engineering enters new markets
BANGALORE, INDIA Bangalore-based Steer Engineering Pvt. Ltd. has appointed Taurus Comtrade Fzco of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to sell Steer's products in the Middle East-Asia and Africa.
As resin production continues to grow in that part of the world, downstream processing is also catching up, the company said in a news release.
Taurus Comtrade sells resin additives, catalysts, and modifiers.
Steer makes extrusion equipment as well as tooling. The firm also makes heart-valve frames and hopes to develop medical and aerospace applications.
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