DuPont Engineering Polymers will meet increasing demand for its Zytel HTN high-performance polyamides with a new polymer plant capable of producing 30 million pounds per year. The new facility in Richmond, VA, is scheduled for startup by the end of 2004. The expansion more than doubles the capacity for these materials, which have been experiencing double-digit growth rates, according to DuPont. Zytel HTN materials target applications needing superior mechanical properties and resistance to elevated temperatures, moisture, and chemicals. Visit www.plastics.dupont.com.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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