A report from Japan's packaging industry offers a comprehensive analysis of the business, including its scale in relation to other countries, major Japanese manufacturers - their products and sales - and end users and their markets. Plastic packaging sections address plastic films, laminations, cushioning materials (such as bubble wrap and foam), containers and closures. The report provides data on shipments in both volume and value in yen, end use, raw materials and their producers.
For example, according to the report, in 1993, 282.4 million pounds of PVC films were shipped in Japan, comprising 170.7 million pounds of stretch film, 26 million pounds of shrinkable labels, 24.9 million pounds of shrinkable film, 22.7 million pounds of household wrap, 12.4 million pounds of adhesive tape, 10.7 million pounds of protection film, 2.26 million pounds of hose and 12.7 million pounds of miscellaneous applications.
Another section tallies shipments of types of packaging machinery, compares the yen value of machine exports and imports with previous years, and breaks out the exports by region, such as North America, Asia and Europe.
Published Feb. 1, the survey also covers the paper and paperboard, metal, glass and wood packaging businesses. It is written in English.
This fourth edition of Japan's Packaging Business, from Japan Packaging Consultants Corp., costs $400, plus $35 shipping.
For more information, telephone or fax JPCC in Tokyo at 81-3-3355-5716.
Hanser publishes new plastics titles
Quality assurance techniques and equipment maintenance are the topics of two new books from Hanser Gardner Publications.
How to Assure Quality in Plastics offers practical, proven processes and planning strategies for ensuring quality control in plastics processing. Author Merry Keating heads quality assurance at a custom injection molding firm. The hardcover is priced at $65.
Wear in Plastics Processing discusses both the effects of corrosive, abrasive and adhesive wear on equipment and potential protective measures to reduce them. Written by academic and industry experts, the 500-page book costs $128.
Other new Hanser publications include:
Mold Engineering, at $89.
An English-German Dictionary of Materials and Process Engineering, at $97.50.
Plastics: Product Design and Process Engineering, at $118.
For more information, contact the publisher in Cincinnati at tel. (800) 950-8977 or (513) 527-8977; fax (513) 527-8950.
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``Electronics Manufacturing Technology Roadmaps and Options for Government Action'' is available from the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative for $35. The NEMI report identifies technology, infrastructure and policy areas necessary for both government and the private sector to remain competitive in high-volume consumer electronics manufacturing. Tel. (202) 682-4456.
A buyer's guide for the chemical industry and market in India contains listings of chemical products, manufacturers, distributors, engineering and equipment firms, importers, exporters and more. The four-volume work, India's Chemical Weekly Buyer's Guide, from Tekno-Info Corp. of Louisville, Ky., is $450. Tel. (502) 254-5728, or fax (502) 254-9128.
NACE International of Houston offers a CD-ROM containing more than 55,000 literature abstracts on corrosion problems. The diskette (COR-AB) costs NACE members $1,000, nonmembers $1,300. Tel. (713) 492-0535, ext. 81.
Rapid Prototyping Systems: Fast Track to Product Realization, from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers of Dearborn, Mich., costs $52; SME members pay $44. Tel. (800) 733-4763.