The European market for thermoplastic elastomers has suffered a setback, along with all other industry sectors. This was not only due to the overall economic downturn, but also to the continuing shift to Asia, of a number of applications.
Dow Chemical, Midland, MI, USA, is in the process of commercialising a new impact modifier for rigid thermoplastic olefins (TPOs) that will increase their flexural modulus without affecting low-temperature impact resistance, allowing designers to downgauge parts without sacrificing mechanical properties.
Visteon Corp. is slated to receive more than USD33 million in exchange for exiting its interiors business with Nissan North America Inc. Visteon plans to sell its four U.S. plants that supply cockpit modules, front-end modules and other interiors products to Nissan production in Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi to a holding company created by Nissan.
Steve Henderson has been appointed President of Dow Automotive Systems, replacing Peter Sykes who assumed the role of President Greater China for the holding company Dow Chemical. In addition, Sykes also served as President Japan & Korea for Dow based in Tokyo, Japan. He will relinquish this responsibility. Henderson will be responsible for the global profit and loss, business strategy and organisational health of the automotive division.
In the production of elastomer moulding products approximately 30 % of the entire energy is used for driving the machine. Even though the share of energy costs compared to the overall production costs of the products is relatively low, it is still possible to achieve considerable savings especially in the area of the drive by the use of an intelligent system.