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The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and NAM support Senate’s response to address skills gap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Congress was finally able to accomplish something this summer when both the House and the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by an overwhelming 415-6 and 95-3 vote respectively. The passage of this bill last month pleased many of the manufacturing trade associations.

Slippery coating inside plastic packaging enables viscous liquids to slide easily

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 22nd, 2014

A new technology seeks to change the way liquids move within packaging. LiquiGlide makes slippery coatings for plastic surfaces that enable viscous liquids to easily slide. The technology is targeting plastic containers for sticky consumer packaged goods such as ketchup and mayo to lotion and even glue.

Medical disposables market poised for continued growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Here's some good news for suppliers of medical-grade plastics and providers of molding and extrusion services to medical device OEMs: The global market for disposable medical products is on track to maintain robust growth into the next decade, according to a report from TriMark Publications LLC. Growth has averaged 12.5% per year during the past two decades, says the medical markets research firm.

Slow growth for Europe’s flexible packaging market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Due to a declining demand in a number of national markets, including France and Italy, and the continuing lack of significant inflationary pressures, growth for Europe's flexible packaging market is slowing to 1.3% in both value and volume terms in 2013, down from 2.1% and 1.8% respectively in 2012.

Thermoforming Technology Group acquires Lyle Industries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Consolidation in the thermoforming machinery sector continues with the announcement by Thermoforming Technology Group LLC (TTG) that it has acquired Lyle Industries of Beaverton, MI, one of the leading thermoforming machinery manufacturers in the United States. Thermoforming Technology Group is the parent company of Brown Machine LLC and EPCO LLC, which were acquired in January 2008.

Plastic air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

A recently-introduced hybrid sports car features the world's first high-heat plastic air intake manifold (AIM) with integrated charge air cooler (CAC). The engineering plastic used in this application is a high temperature-resistant polyamide (PA) 46 from the Stanyl Diablo range of DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

IAPD announces 2014 scholarship recipients

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

With the new school year fast approaching, the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) announced that 12 recipients have been awarded a 2014 IAPD Scholarship through the IAPD Charitable Foundation. Annual IAPD scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

IAPD member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program for polymer sciences, are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.

Supplier outlook continues its optimistic attitude

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

While supplier outlook continued to rebound in July, the optimism resided with very large suppliers (over $1 billion in revenue) or the small suppliers (under $50 million in revenue). That was the conclusion of the July Automotive Supplier Barometer from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

PVC pipes as shark repellant

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 21st, 2014

I follow a number of plastics-related news feeds, all of which contain a steady stream of articles and blog posts about plastic pollution in marine environments. So, when I came across a story about a marine scientist who wants to put plastic in the ocean, it immediately caught my attention.

ABCO Tool & Die's 'visionary' business strategy provides a clear path to growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

When ABCO Tool & Die Inc. started in business nearly 40 years ago, the company was your typical mold builder. However, it then received an opportunity from one of the major manufacturing companies in the state of Massachusetts: Polaroid.

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