DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — All sorts of plastics machinery churn out all sorts of products minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day at K 2013. The work to recycle these products takes place behind halls 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 in an effort to clean up the different recycling streams and keep as much material as possible out of the mixed plastics bin. That's because loads of a single material can be easily recycled, but mixed plastics end up going to a waste-to-energy plant.
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.