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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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Automakers look under the hood for the next lightweighting opportunities
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The automotive industry's current favorite target for lightweighting efforts is the powertrain, according to a recent survey.
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Westminster Tool creates academy to find, train future toolmakers
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Westminster Tool Inc. begins its own Westminster Academy to find and train skilled employees.
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Film & Sheet

Coveris makes another flexible packaging buy
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Coveris Holdings is continuing its rapid acquisition pace, this time picking up flexible print specialist Learoyd Packaging (Holdings) Ltd. to boost...
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Mergers & Acquisitions

German injection molders Metz-Werke and Inotech to collaborate
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German injection molding companies Metz-Werke GmbH & Co. KG and Inotech Kunststofftechnik GmbH have announced that they have joined forces to bring...
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Reiloy Westland to build new headquarters
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Reiloy Westland Corp. will build a 45,000-square-foot headquarters factory, as the Kansas maker of screws and barrels expands under the ownership of...
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More reshoring success stories with Wal-Mart connections
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I feel like a fortune teller this week. Maybe I should pick up some lottery tickets.
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Plastics News Now: Plastic execs take the ice bucket challenge
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The North Face is using more recycled PET bottles, we check out advancements in prosthetic legs at the IDSA conference and watch those in the...
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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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Promens closing 2 German blow molding plants
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Promens hf, the Icelandic packaging group, is planning to restructure its packaging operations in Germany with the closure of two blow molding plants ...
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Injection Molding

Making the most of complexity
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In the global market for injection molded parts, custom molders have tried a million different ways to differentiate themselves from the pack. Make...
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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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China's PVC exports face challenges
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Despite robust growth in the first half of the year, China's PVC exports now faces new challenges, due to trade barriers and new capacity ramping up...
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Non-recyclable items gumming up the works at recycling centers
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The influx of all sorts of unacceptable items at recycling centers has gotten to the point that Charlotte, N.C.-based ReCommunity is trying to bring...
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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


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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