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Material Insights

Material Insights: Experts discuss why resin demand is dipping while economy hums
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Demand for resin is lower and prices are dropping as the economy picks up. In addition, Solvay announces an expansion.
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Automotive

Toyota says Mirai fuel cell sedan represents a 'new start' for the carmaker
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Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle, a car that runs on hydrogen and emits only water, has had an ironically low-tech birth and has an equally ...
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What Keeps You Up At Night?

Communication plays a big role in Sterling's financial success
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Cary Quigley remembers the humble beginnings at Sterling Technologies Inc. The company had three or four employees and one machine. Every contract...
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Medical

German molder picks North Carolina for US manufacturing plant
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UPDATED — German medical goods company Raumedic AG has chosen Mills River, N.C., for its first U.S. manufacturing site and U.S. headquarters.
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Film & Sheet

Tekni-Plex buying Galazzi pharmaceutical film and tape units
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Italy's Tekni-Plex Europe NV, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Tekni-Plex Inc., has announced that its plan to acquire Gallazzi SpA's Italian-based...
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Almost half of mid-market firms say they are looking to buy competitors
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There are steps that plastics business owners can take to keep the mergers and acquisitions parade rolling into 2015.
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Machinery

West Coast ports dispute impacts machinery imports
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Asian machinery companies got caught in the West Coast ports labor dispute — causing some headaches to get equipment ready for NPE 2015.
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The Plastics Blog

Let's take a look at the fastest growing thermoformers
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Plastics News publishes our 2015 ranking of North American Thermoformers today. In print, we rank the top 100, but online (plasticsnews....
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Plastics News Now

Plastics News Now: 'Cliff' from Cheers tackles skills gap with large donation
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Actor John Ratzenberger takes a stand on American manufacturing, Monosol grows with the laundry detergent pod market, and film and bag recycling...
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Packaging

P&G adding label to help guide consumers in recycling
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Procter & Gamble Co. will help prompt consumers to recycle rigid packaging by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle Label program.
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Blow Molding

Western Case grows with investments in infrastructure and equipment
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RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — Blow molder Western Case Inc. has invested significantly in infrastructure and equipment while relocating and raising the...
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Materials

Lower oil prices will continue to impact PE, PP resin pricing
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Lower oil prices will continue to affect North American markets for polyethylene and polypropylene resin in the months ahead.
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Recycling

Recycling trade group growing in size, resources
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DALLAS — The executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is partial to calling his group the little engine that...
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Numbers that Matter

Retail sales data shows changing consumer patterns
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In the middle of each month the Census Bureau releases its Advance Monthly Retail Sales report, which includes data on a wide variety of retail...
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Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

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Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

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Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

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