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Lights, camera, Legos!

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 14th, 2014

Is there anything you can't make with those little molded ABS bricks from Lego? There must be a few things, but the you-killed-the-car scene from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and that chilling sequence from "The Shining," when tricycle boy first encounters the twins in a corridor of the Overlook Hotel, are not among them.

Be prepared: The auditors are coming

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 12th, 2014

When I last wrote about the European Commission's recommendation that Notified Bodies perform unannounced audits of medical device manufacturers along with their critical subcontractors and crucial suppliers, there was a fair amount of curiosity about how this would play out.

Plenty of opportunities in the Chinese packaging market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 12th, 2014

When I've traveled to China to attend the Chinaplas show, something always sticks out to me: the market is hungry for new packaging. The country has seen a fast development in packaging market size, with projections that it will only continue to grow. In fact, a report by Smithers Pira claims that by 2020, the China's foodservice packaging market will be bigger than that of the U.S.

This growth is due to a transition from its traditional shops to a more Western-style supermarkets and packaged foods.

The Watch that whimpered?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 12th, 2014

After many months of speculation, the Apple Watch is here . . . kind of. The device was launched with the usual Cupertino fanfare on Tuesday, but you can't actually buy it yet—the Watch won't be available to consumers until the early part of 2015. And when it does show up at your friendly neighborhood Apple store, will you want to buy it? The starting price is $349, and, for full functionality, the Apple Watch will need to be connected to an iPhone via Bluetooth. So much for convergence.

Delivering quality materials for the road ahead

By Pierre Juan
Published: September 11th, 2014

In the world of automobile design and innovation, material suppliers are often overlooked. The honors and admiration for brilliantly designed and manufactured vehicles are rightly bestowed upon the automobile designers and brands. However, material suppliers play a vital role in helping to bring to fruition the ideas and design innovations automobile companies create. After all, the best designs are futile efforts if there is not a material available that can enable their creation.

Plastics gaining more acceptance in closures market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 11th, 2014

A new market study from Ceresana has analyzed the European market for closures, taking a closer look at applications such as lemonades, water, fruit juices, beer, wine & spirits, along with cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In the recently published study, the market researchers forecast European demand for these every day products to rise to about 460 billion units by 2021.

European plastics groups take a recycling pledge

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 11th, 2014

The UK is not messing around when it comes to increasing recycling. In 2012, the UK announced plans to increase recycling from 32% in 2012 to 57% by 2017.

Industrial Designers Society of America will host a conference and design center at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 11th, 2014

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) will organize a conference and "IDSA Design Center" pavilion at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando, FL). The IDSA conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, as an event in addition to other conferences planned for NPE2015 by SPI and the Society of Plastics Engineers.

The IDSA Design Center pavilion, located on the exhibit floor in the South Hall of the OCCC, will feature booths by design firms, processors, software developers, and other companies providing design services to the plastics industry.

Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing announces new AS9100C certification for aerospace production

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 11th, 2014

Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing LLC (rp+m), an industry leader in additive manufacturing, materials development, and engineering services, announced their certification to the AS9100C Standard. In addition to the industry sectors they already serve, AS9100C certification enables rp+m to provide production parts and services to provide value to companies in the aerospace, space and defense industries.

SMEs drowning in regulatory paperwork; SPI calls for updating nation’s regulatory scheme

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 11th, 2014

While the federal government talks a good game with regard to supporting manufacturing, training skilled workers for manufacturing jobs, and applauding the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, the regulatory burden on manufacturers is becoming greater and impeding growth.

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