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Impact mrketing offers industry guide

The U.S. market for plastic resins and materials is a $150.5 billion business that will grow 4.5 percent annually, to reach $176 billion in sales in 2000, according a report from Impact Marketing Consultants Inc.

The 485-page report, called the Rauch Guide to the U.S. Plastics Industry, organizes information into chapters on industry economics, such as market trends; plastic materials, including compounds and additives; production and consumption information for raw materials, plus pricing and end uses; a review of plastic processing methods and market data on processors; a list of industry sources and contacts, including trade groups and publications; and a directory profiling 1,131 U.S. plastics companies with annual sales of $15 million or more.

The report, in its third edition, is $495, with a $50 discount for orders received by May 15.

For more information, contact Impact in Manchester, Vt., at tel. (802) 362-2325, fax (802) 362-3693 or e-mail 75704.1023@compu

Hanser Gardner has new plastics books

Hanser Gardner Publications Inc. has released books on thermoforming, injection molding and recycling plastics.

The Technology of Thermoforming, written by James L. Throne, is a comprehensive look at thermoforming's history, methods, machinery, materials and molds. The book also covers in detail: part design; heating and stretching the sheet; cooling the part; new technologies; setup protocols; troubleshooting; and the economics of the process.

Throne is president of Sherwood Technologies Inc., a Hinckley, Ohio, consulting firm that serves the thermoforming and thermoplastic foam industries. The 882-page hardback is priced at $188.

Also from Hanser is Understanding Product Design for Injection Molding, by Carl Rees. Chapters cover material selection, mechanical and physical properties, product shape, holes and openings, ribs, gussets, studs, undercuts, assemblies and more. The paperback book costs $29.95.

The Recycling and Recovery of Plastics describes the global development of those processes during the past few years. The 893-page text discusses legal requirements for recycling, life-cycle analysis, technical aspects of sorting, pre-treatment, energy recovery and markets.

Published with funding from the Washington-based American Plastics Council, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe and the European Commission, the book is $240.

Contact the publisher at tel. (513) 527-8977 or fax (513) 527-8950.

British group issues statistical review

Expanded coverage on recycling and elastomers, and greater coverage of trends in end-product markets highlight the 1996 issue of the British plastics industry's statistical review.

Published by London-based British Plastics Federation, the 200-page Statistics Handbook includes tabulated statistics and commentary on United Kingdom, Western European and global industries.

The publication covers materials and major end-use markets including packaging, construction, electrical and automotive. It gives international comparisons for consumption and production, year-on-year analyses of imports and exports and a breakdown of bulk polymer end uses.

For non-BPF members the handbook costs 150 ($243). A check in pounds, payable through a bank with a U.K. branch, with 2.50 ($4.08) added for postage and packing, is required with overseas orders.

Tel. +44 (171) 457 5000, fax +44 (171) 457 5045.

Vinyl Institute studies PVC use in the home

PVC is often more cost-effective and durable than other materials for residential siding, windows and plumbing, according to a study released Feb. 17 by the Vinyl Institute, a division of the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.

The study said T 1-11 cedar textured plywood is 96 percent more expensive than vinyl siding. Aluminum siding is 56 percent more expensive, and brick 170 percent more expensive, according to the report.

Similarly, the study found cast iron and copper pipe are 36 and 49 percent more expensive than vinyl, respectively, and that wood windows are generally 10 percent more expensive. The research included installation costs, maintenance over 20 years, energy performance and longevity, ac- cording to the Morristown, N.J.-based institute.


The Hong Kong Plastics Technology Centre publishes an annual directory of plastics processors and suppliers of plastic resins, equipment and molds in Hong Kong and south China. The directory is free for members of HKPTC's Industrial Club. Affiliate club memberships cost $60, corporate memberships $120. The tech center is part of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. Tel. +852 2766 5577, fax +852 2766 0131 or e-mail:

The International Standards Desk Reference, authored by Amy Zuckerman and published by American Management Association of New York, covers U.S., European and international standards, including the European Quality Award, ISO 9000 and QS-9000. Cost is $35. Tel. (800) 262-9699 or fax (581) 891-3653.

Composites Design & Application magazine, published by the Composites Institute of New York, offers a buyers guide featuring information on both composites fabricators and suppliers of equipment, materials and other services. ``Composites FirstSource'' costs CI members $50 and nonmembers $100. Tel. (212) 351-5409 or fax (212) 370-1731.