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Material Insights

Material Insights: Commerical production of antibacterial polymers begins
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PET bottle resin prices rise, we talk shale gas and antibacterial polymers.
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Plasan investing in capacity, jobs to supply auto market with carbon fiber
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Growth in the emerging automotive market for carbon-fiber composites has spurred a $29 million investment in a Walker, Mich., factory
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New medical firm buys Clairson Plastics
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Custom injection molder Clairson Plastics is being sold to a new start-up that plans to dive into the medical market with a new dialyzer, a key...
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Film & Sheet

Kydex, Allen Extruders joined under Sekisui SPI name
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Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. is combining plastic sheet makers Kydex LLC and Allen Extruders LLC under one roof as Sekisui SPI.
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Hong Kong's TK eyes expansion, may buy Nypro Tool operation
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Hong Kong-based mold maker and plastics processor TK Group (Holdings) Ltd. said it's reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in...
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US plastics machinery market still gaining strength in second quarter
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UPDATED — U.S. plastics machinery shipments in the second quarter continued to outperform activity in 2013, according to data from Society of...
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Here's a peek behind our 2014 film & sheet ranking
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Today Plastics News publishes its annual ranking of North American Film and Sheet Manufacturers. Let's look at some interesting numbers behind the...
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Plastics News Now

Plastics News Now: Local Motors 3-D prints a car
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A time lapse of the car being printed, we visit a rigid package manufacturer who is expanding and the strong M&A market might continue according to...
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25th Anniversary

Society shift to blame for skills gap
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Today, finding skilled manufacturing workers is a top concern for factories in the United States and, really, around the world. Here in the USA, it's ...
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Injection Molding

Cascade Engineering founder Keller to step down as CEO
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Cascade Engineering Inc. is undergoing a transition as President Mark Miller will also add the role of CEO, replacing founder Fred Keller, who has...
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Blow Molding

Vanee Foods adding hot-fill line
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Vanee Foods Co. expects to have a new hot-fill bottling line operational at its Broadview, Ill., facility by the end of this month.
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BP to restart damaged PTA unit in limited capacity by November
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British Petroleum plc may restart its fire-damaged purified terephthalic acid (PTA) feedstock unit in South Carolina in late October or early...
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PET to PET boosts recycling capacity
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PET to PET Recycling Austria GmbH, a bottle-to-bottle PET recycling operation backed by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling and several beverage...
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Numbers that Matter

Consumer products sector sees improving growth
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It is late summer, and we are already almost two-thirds of the way through the third quarter. But I find myself wanting to bask in the warm afterglow ...
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Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

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Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

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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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