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: 2009.
Protective case maker Pelican Products Inc. is going big when the injection molder buys rotational molder Hardigg Industries Inc., which will allow it to make far bigger cases.
Plastics are finding a new place to lurk on cars as more and more automakers begin making under body shields, which both protect functional parts and improve aerodynamics.
“How many of you shipped a tool six months ago that you haven't been paid for yet?” mold making consultant Craig Wiggins asks during a rally for improved payments to toolmakers in front of Chrysler's Canadian headquarters and across the river from General Motors' headquarters at Detroit's Renaissance Center. “How many of you have shipped a tool a year ago that you haven't been paid for yet? That's what we're dealing with.”
Two major injection mold press makers, Nissei and Netstall-Maschinen, say they are pulling out of NPE2009.
Guardian Industries Corp. has spun off its automotive plastics operations into wholly-owned SRG Global Inc., which becomes one of the largest suppliers of chrome-plated plastic parts for the global auto industry.
An SPI stimulus package lures press maker Nissei back to NPE2009. JSW Plastics Machinery and KraussMaffei both ultimately decide to take part in the show as well, thanks to the incentives.
Two new reports show the impact of the recession on auxiliary equipment makers as new orders of robots fell 21 percent in 2008, following a 16 percent decline in 2007.