GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Oct. 16, 10:25 a.m. ET) — The U.S. thermoforming industry is financially solid and enjoys a stable workforce, but needs capital investment to replace older equipment, said Jeff Mengel, a partner with Plante & Moran in Chicago. The average age of a thermoforming press is 14 years old, Mengel said at the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Conference.
Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.
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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.