Injection molding machinery sales are down in 2023, cut in half for some, as excess capacity from the pandemic is put to new uses while higher interest rates have delayed some investments. Senior reporter Catherine Kavanaugh gives more in the 2024 Machinery Outlook, look for the report later this week.
Also from the cover, the Plastics Industry Association has announced dates for its 2027, 2030 and 2033 NPE shows, and shared all those shows will be held in Orlando, Fla.
And there's a growing sense among advocates for an ambitious plastics treaty that the recent round of talks in Kenya ended somewhere between a failure and a disappointment and that major changes will be needed to salvage an effective agreement. More from the UN plastics treaty talks from Steve Toloken.