PITTSBURGH (Nov. 13, 2:55 p.m. ET) — It took the automotive industry about five years to develop multilayer fuel tanks that could meet California’s LEV II (low-emission vehicle) regulations in the late 1990s, said Mohammad Usman, who leads the computer-aided engineering and material department of Ford Motor Co.’s Powertrain Installations Division. Stringent emissions standards — for cars and non-automotive small-engine equipment alike — and the transition to hybrid vehicles are some of the challenges facing carmakers and their suppliers today.
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.
GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014
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.
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.Learn more