The Plastics Blog
RSS

By Don Loepp | About The Plastics Blog

From space to Earth

April 8, 2015 11:31 am ET    |   Comments

The first items 3-D printed in space have arrived in Alabama for some down-to-earth testing.

Image NASA
The wrench 3-D printed on the International Space Station, now on Earth for testing.


Read full post


Plastics recyclers suffering, PN pricing in the news

By  Don Loepp    |    April 6, 2015 11:43 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics recycling is in the news today, the subject of a Page 1 story in The Wall Street Journal headlined “Recycling becomes a tougher sell as prices drop.” The story tells the plight of plastics recyclers that is the result of lower prices for virgin resin.

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Plastic gets official for March Madness

By  Don Loepp    |    March 19, 2015 10:47 am ET    |   Comments

Getting tired of reading about Kentucky in all those March Madness stories? How about checking out Fox 40 instead.

Image Fox 40 International Inc.
Expect to hear plenty of whistles during the NCAA basketball tournament.


Read full post


SAE may change, but auto technology marches on

March 13, 2015 12:24 pm ET    |   Comments

At the risk of sounding like one of those TV columnists/curmudgeons going on about the old days, remember when the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual World Congress in Detroit was a big deal?

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Plastics companies named manufacturing leaders

By  Don Loepp    |    March 4, 2015 5:58 pm ET    |   Comments

Frost & Sullivan has picked the winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, and once again the list is packed with plastics companies.

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Let's take a look at the fastest growing thermoformers

February 16, 2015 11:19 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News publishes our 2015 ranking of North American Thermoformers today. In print, we rank the top 100, but online (plasticsnews.com/rankings/thermoformers) we've got full data for 228 companies. Let's take a look at some of the numbers behind the ranking.

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Plastics, thermoforming and the 2015 Super Bowl

By  Don Loepp    |    February 2, 2015 10:59 am ET    |   Comments

Chicago-area plastics processor MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. took its turn on the big stage again this year, with a 30-second ad that aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Some great videos about the future of plastics, plus a serious complaint

By  Don Loepp    |    January 27, 2015 2:32 pm ET    |   Comments

This is a blog post with two sides. On one, it's sharing some excellent videos that highlight the future of plastics. But on the other, it's a nagging complaint that I have with the plastics industry.

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Obama talks about composites and 3-D printing at Techmer PM

By  Don Loepp    |    January 10, 2015 10:01 pm ET    |   Comments

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited plastics compounder Techmer PM in Clinton, Tenn., on Jan. 9. While they were there, they talked about polymer composites and 3-D printing.

Image Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden view a 3D-printed carbon fiber Shelby Cobra car during a tour of Techmer PM in Clinton, Tenn.


Read full post


Your most popular stories of 2014

By  Don Loepp    |    December 29, 2014 8:57 am ET    |   Comments

Like most newspaper and magazine readers, I love top stories lists. And my favorites tend to be the ones selected by readers — which is easy in today's world of web journalism. Just look at the stories that get the most "clicks."

Image Plastics News
Loepp


Read full post


Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events

Newsletters

Select from the list below to subscribe to customized Plastics News e-mail news alerts. Check the options you wish to receive.

View samples of all eNewsletters »

More Newsletters