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U.S. pipe demand
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Annual growth from 2008-2013 and projected growth into 2018.
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Material Insights

Material Insights: PolyOne shows off material to designers
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PolyOne takes its shape memory polymers to a designers conference, PET resin prices rise and Lanxess announces expansion.
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Automotive

Ohio molder sold to private equity firm
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Private equity firm TVV Capital of Nashville has acquired injection molder Design Molded Plastics Inc. for an undisclosed price.
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Medical

Sintex Wausaukee Composites opens manufacturing plant in India
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Sintex Wausaukee Composites is bringing its light resin transfer molding expertise to India, opening a fiber reinforced plastic production cell for...
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Film & Sheet

Flexible film waste-to-oil pilot project continuing in California
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A recent decision to discontinue operations at a plastics waste-to-oil site in Portland, Ore., is not impacting a pilot program aimed at hard-to-...
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Pactiv selling building products unit to Ireland's Kingspan
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Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan Group plc is acquiring the insulation business of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Pactiv Building Products for...
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Machinery

Trade group lists China's top plastics machinery manufacturers
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The China Plastic Machine Industry Association has unveiled its latest rankings of the top 25 plastics machinery suppliers in China as well as...
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Plastics company CEO speaks out on immigration reform
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Kevin Kelly, CEO of flexible packaging company Emerald Packaging Inc., has written a powerful story for the National Catholic Reporter about the need ...
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Plastic News Now: Plastic brace helps duck walk again
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A 3-D printed brace helps Quack-Quack get back walking, a sound-proofing polymer is put to the test on a national television show and a group...
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25th Anniversary

Despite its history, bioplastics remains a niche industry
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Headlines about bioplastics practically write themselves. “Bioplastics market growing,” “Bioplastics take root,”...
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Packaging

Mauser opening joint venture in Mexico
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Mauser USA is teaming with Servicios Ambeintales Internacionales to open a new intermediate bulk container joint venture in Mexico that will include...
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Injection Molding

Electrolux a suitor for GE Appliances
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Swedish appliance conglomerate AB Electrolux has confirmed it is one of the suitors for a possible acquisition of GE Appliances.
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Blow Molding

Minnesota blow molder adding space and equipment
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Blow Molded Specialties Inc. is expanding its capacity, taking over a nearby building to add 25,000 square feet of space for more molding and...
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Materials

ISO publishes international standard for measuring phthalates in toys
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The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticizers in...
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Recycling

BMW closes the carbon fiber loop
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BMW's extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in its i-series vehicles has prompted the development of ways to recycle unused material.
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Numbers that Matter

Consumer spending accelerates in second quarter
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The United States Commerce Department recently released the advance estimate of U.S. gross domestic product in the second quarter of 2014. Their data ...
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Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

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2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

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