As Plastics News marks its 25th year of publication, we take a year-by-year look back at some of the events, people and curious coincidences that have shown up its its pages. Check back through the end of the year (not including holidays) to follow along. This year: 1994.
The cellular telephone business is booming, with sales climbing 46 percent in just one year. Injection molders are busy adding equipment to keep up with demand from companies like Motorola in the U.S. One Arizona firm says it added four machines in the past year and built space for another 15 to 20 presses. “It's definitely the right market to be in for the ‘90s,” one executive says.
The new stadium for the Colorado Rockies is being wrapped in 300,000 square feet of polyethylene film. The film, they say, will help contractors avoid weather-related delays.
The American Plastics Council's plan to merge into the Chemical Manufacturers Association is running into a hurdle as some directors believe the group should be more closely aligned with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. instead.
Chrysler Corp. announces it will switch to nylon air intake manifolds for the next generation of its top-of-the-line cars, turning away from aluminum for the first time.
An informal poll at the American Mold Builders Association shows that most mold makers have started instituting a voluntary ban on “girlie” posters in the workplace. One mold production shop owner said he was curious because he started getting complaints from a female secretary who was faced with nude calendars in the work shop every time she went there to collect time cards. “Could this really constitute a sexually hostile environment?” he asked. (Let's hope that's not an actual question business owners are asking today.)