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Nov. 27, 2023
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Numbers That Matter Live November 2023: Will plastics markets recover in 2024?

Is the U.S. economy seeing a soft landing, or is it still too early to say?

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KIMW studies ways to disrupt RF interference

The main Fakuma highlight for Lüdenscheid, Germany-based KIMW Kunststoff Institut Lüdenscheid was a presentation of electromagnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI) solutions.

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Dow moving ahead with $6.5B Path2Zero project

Dow Inc. is moving forward with a $6.5 billion investment in sustainable materials — including polyethylene resin — in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

Compounding M&A still happening but not as active

Plastics investors still want to dance with compounders and concentrate makers, but the dance floor in late 2023 is a little less crowded than it was in recent years.

Hogan joins Intek Plastics; Vang named DPI's interim CEO

Two well-known plastics industry executives in Minnesota have new positions.

TC Transcontinental closing flexible packaging plant

A total of 89 workers are impacted by the company's decision to shut down the facility in Tomah, Wis., in early 2024.

Adhesive tape maker completes $40M Michigan expansion

Adhesive tape manufacturer Tesa Tape Inc. recently completed a $40 million expansion at its Sparta facility, positioning the plant as a state-of-the-art and more sustainable site for the company.

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Preformed Line Products will enter 2024 with a new CEO

He'll be just the fourth CEO in the Mayfield Village, Ohio, company's 76-year history.

A tale of two industries for compounders at close of 2023

As we head toward the end of 2023, compounders are uncertain but also debuting new products and adding jobs and machinery. Economic indicators are good, but orders for compounds and concentrates have slowed in recent months.

Kickstart: Quieter pickleball play

Shopping for the pickleball enthusiast on your holiday list? Perhaps you want to pick something that offers a benefit to nonplayers as well: quieter equipment.