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Covisint names board members

The on-line initiative that aims to implement a wide-ranging e-commerce strategy in the automotive industry, Covisint L.L.C., has named 12 of its 17 board members. Companies thus far represented on th...


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March 1, 2001 by Canadian Plastics

The on-line initiative that aims to implement a wide-ranging e-commerce strategy in the automotive industry, Covisint L.L.C., has named 12 of its 17 board members. Companies thus far represented on the board are as follows:

>Delphi Automotive Systems corp.

>Renault

>Ford Motor Co.

>Johnson Controls Inc.

>DaimlerChrysler

>Siemens AG

>General Motors

>Lear Corp.

>Magna International Inc.

Five more board members, representing non-automotive business, will be named. According to a Covisint spokesperson, the remaining board members will represent “non-competing technology and people from the world of academia”.

German RP equipment manufacturer sues DTM

EOS GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. against DTM Corporation of Austin, TX and Compression, a division of Moll Industries, Inc., of Lake Forest, CA. The lawsuit alleges patent violations through the manufacture, sale and use of Sinter Station Systems. EOS is seeking compensatory damages and an injunction against further infringement.

EOS has more than 20 patents in the field of rapid prototyping, including 14 U.S. patents. It owns exclusive worldwide rights to all patents owned by 3D Systems Corporation applicable to equipment using laser-sintering.

IPL cracks egg carton market

IPL, Inc. has designed and manufactured the egg industry’s first reuasable, collapsible plastic container for transporting eggs from egg grading stations to retailers or food service users. IPL introduced the SmartCrate for Eggs at the 2001 International Poultry Exposition.

The new crate incorporates a number of innovations that have evolved in returnable containers for other markets, but had yet to be adopted by egg packagers. These include collapsibility, improved cleanliness and display-ready capability. The new cartons also offer advantages in comparison to single-use containers, such as better protection of contents and reduced waste. The SmartCrate is also compatible with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that can be embedded in future crates for cold chain monitoring and tracking.

The crate was developed in collaboration with Veer, a distributor of eggs and dairy products in Quebec. Veer enlisted IPL’s help to develop a crate that would reduce breakage by reducing handling at the point of sale and provide better protection during transportation.

Web site for rotomolders

Borealis, a supplier of rotomolding resins, has launched a new information web site for the rotomolding industry. The site, www.borecene.com, is described as a comprehensive web technical resource centre. It contains design support, application examples, information regarding the selection of material, molds and machinery, testing information and more.

Rotational molding is one of the fastest growing plastic technologies with an average annual growth of approximately 10 percent. The process provides design, process and cost advantages for the production of high performance hollow parts without seams and weld lines.

Coming events….

CPIA Quebec gala, March 24, St.-Laurent, Que. Contact 514-499-0500.

SPE Quebec Mtg., St.-Laurent, Que. Contact 514-861-7221, ext.295.

Recycling Council of Ontario, 17th annual Waste Minimization Awards, April 18, Guelph, ON. Contact the RCO at 416-960-1025.

SPE Ontario Mtg., April 19, Toronto. Contact 905-880-2960 .

Plast-Ex 2001 & Mould Source, April 30 to May 3, 2001, International Centre, Toronto. Contact Tom Sockett at 905-678-7405.

Emerging Technologies for the New Millennium Conference, Sept. 20 and 21, sponsored by SPE Quebec and the Industrial Materials Institute of the NRC. Contact Ginette Desmarais, 514-626-6277.