Most Mondays in the news world are kind of slow. At Plastics News its when we have time to finesse a Material Insights script, take a look at the space available for next week's issue and plan on when stories from this week's issue will appear on the website.
One bit of breaking news on a Monday is interesting. This Monday brought us mergers in the medical and packaging industries, a big investment in the U.S. by a Chinese firm, and resin pricing analysis from economist Bill Wood.
(OK, one of those items was written last week. Doesn't make pricing any less newsy.)
And that's without getting into the continuing watch on the coronavirus and its impact on the global business supply chain (and population) and General Motors Co.'s announcement that it will begin building an electric truck in Hamtramck, Mich., part of an electrification project that is also seeing it invest billions of dollars into battery production in Ohio.
As for the plastics mergers news? Two big companies are adding more specialized markets. Comar LLC, which came in at No. 22 in the most recent PN ranking of top injection molders, added medical device component manufacturing — along with two clean rooms — in buying iMark Molding Inc. of Wisconsin.
Silgan Holdings Inc., which holds down the No. 10 in injection molding, No. 20 in thermoforming and No. 8 in blow molding spots in PN rankings added more capabilities in closures by buying the dispensing business of Albéa Group.