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BASF reports first quarter sales down 29 percent

BASF, the world's largest chemical company, has reported first quarter revenues down 29%, with sales hit by low oil prices and the absence of a contribution from its gas trading and storage activities, after last year's asset swap with Gazprom.

Worker killed at Nova Chemicals construction site

A contract worker was killed April 27 at a polyethylene construction site operated by Nova Chemicals Corp. in Joffre, Alberta.

New York expected to pass bag fee May 5

Soon supermarkets and most shops in New York city soon may charge shoppers 5 cents for disposable bags.

Counterfeit resin suit moving forward

U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler on March 11 denied the request from resin supplier Mass Polymers Corp. of Bridgewater, N.J. MPC was seeking judgment on a counterclaim it had made against Supreme Oil Co., a maker of vegetable oil and condiments based in Englewood, N.J.

Prices up for PE, PVC, PET; down for PP

North American selling prices for polyethylene, PVC and PET resins all have risen since April 1, while regional prices for polypropylene have taken a surprising fall.

BASF says design center can help China reduce impact of urbanization

At Chinaplas, BASF executives draw links between rapid urbanization in China and product design — specifically the role they say plastics can play in reducing the environmental impact of growing cities.

Safety is Eastman's magic keyword in China

Eastman Chemical Co.'s Specialty Plastics business is finding that “made in USA” and “safety” are keywords for success in China.

Milacron expands India operations

Milacron Holdings Corp. has invested between $18 million and $20 million in the third phase of its expansion in India, which is aimed both at the fast-growing market in India for plastics machinery, and at export markets.

First quarter brings challenging issues for Bemis Co. Inc.

Bemis Co. Inc., while saying the company is pleased with its long-term strategy, was tripped up in two markets during the first quarter. And that impacted financial results.

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Employment at mold makers

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Employment at mold makers


2013

North American mold makers: tooling types manufactured (2013 survey)  (October 7, 2013 )
Italy's plastics machinery & mold demand, 2009 vs. 2012  (May 3, 2013 )

2012

N. American mold makers: Market share by sales (2012 survey)  (October 19, 2012 )
AMBA member forecast, spring 2012  (June 1, 2012 )

2011

Mold-making plant locations (2011 survey)  (October 21, 2011 )
Mold makers business forecast, spring 2011 survey  (June 17, 2011 )
Mold makers business forecast: AMBA spring survey (2001)  (June 3, 2011 )
Global additive manufacturing (rapid prototyping & such processes), 20...  (March 11, 2011 )

2010

AMBA mold makers forecast, spring 2010  (May 28, 2010 )

2009

US injection mold-making workforce, 2007  (March 9, 2009 )
US injection mold-making workforce  (March 6, 2009 )

2007

Mold builders business forecast (summer 2007)  (August 6, 2007 )
U.S. mold builders forecast (Spring 2007 survey)  (June 4, 2007 )

2006

U.S. mold-building business survey  (December 4, 2006 )
Top 20 North American mold makers (2006 survey)  (October 16, 2006 )
U.S. trade balance in plastics molds (2004)  (February 6, 2006 )

2005

Canada's plastics industry, shipments (2005)  (December 12, 2005 )
American Mold Builders Association fall business forecast  (November 21, 2005 )
U.S. mold export and import countries (2002-04)  (June 6, 2005 )
U.S. mold import/exports (1999-2004)  (May 30, 2005 )

2004

U.S. mold-building business (Summer 2004 vs. summer 2003)  (August 30, 2004 )
Ontario's plastics industry at a glance (2003)  (June 7, 2004 )
U.S. plastics industry shipments (2002 vs. 2000)  (January 19, 2004 )

2003

U.S. mold makers median sales growth rates (2000-02)  (June 25, 2003 )
U.S. mold making - number of shops, employees (1992-99)  (April 2, 2003 )
U.S. mold imports (1st quarter, 2000 vs. 1999)  (February 26, 2003 )