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Engineering and design specialists at Altair Thinklabs and Eastman Chemical Co. have developed prototypes that would not just help Paralympics medalist Blake Leeper shave time off his sprints, it also could help produce a better, more affordable athletic prosthetic for other amputees. Read more

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Material Insights

Material Insights: Firm investing in new polymer technology
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Investment group wants to make Northeast Ohio the Silicon Valley of the plastics industry; shale gas revolution is headed overseas; and recycled HDPE ...
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Canadian mold maker Thibault adding to new operation in Mexico
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Canadian mold maker I Thibault Inc has purchased an established Mexican company, Tecnimoldes SA de CV, for a seven-figure-dollar-sum and renamed it...
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Mission Plastics brings new automated work cell on line
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Custom injection molder Mission Plastics Inc. and a customer have created a $1.5-million automated work cell for a medical diagnostics product.
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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

Megadyne buying Belt Corp. of America
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In a move aimed at building its specialty belting manufacturing and fabrication operations, Jason Industrial Inc. — Megadyne SpA's wholly owned ...
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How's the media treating plastics these days?
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In my daily searches for breaking news, I tend to come across a lot of interesting stories about plastics that don't really fit anywhere specifically,...
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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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Sony entering recycled PC market
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Consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. is getting into a sideline of selling recycled resins.
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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 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

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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