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Chinaplas returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

Rosti revs up to meet 2016-2017 ambitious sales target

By Karen Laird
Published: January 28th, 2014

In 2010, when Nordstjernan, a family-owned Swedish investment group acquired the Sweden-based Rosti Group, the injection molder's annual sales were below the 200 million euro mark. Today, in 2014, the Rosti Group is on its way to delivering on its 2014 revenue target of 400 million, and has announced a major program of investment, designed to take the group to its new goal of 600 million euros in 2016-2017.

Oyster shells provide reinforcement in non-halogenated flame-retardant compound

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 22nd, 2014

Polypropylene (PP) thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers have been flame-retarded using "commercially viable" Exolit AP non-halogenated flame retardants supplied by Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). The compounds were developed by Eurostar Engineering Plastics (Fosses, France).

3D printing market to expand 10-fold by 2017; consumer/prosumer market to drive growth

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 5th, 2014

There's no doubt that 3D printing has become the buzzword of late and its reach is now penetrating outside traditional industrial design and additive manufacturing and into the consumer and "prosumer" field. Low-cost 3D printing options will allow consumers to materialize their own designs such as toys and key chains, and even sell them online.

As “Made in USA” gains in popularity, companies reshore manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 3rd, 2014

It seems that 2013 was a good year for reshoring of manufacturing. As "Made in USA" labels become more ubiquitous thanks to a lot of media attention over the past year, it appears that's influencing people in corporate boardrooms.

Companies continue the anti-counterfeiting fight

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 11th, 2013

On December 10, SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers) held a symposium on "Counterfeit Parts Avoidance." Fake parts tend to get a lot of press, but only after these parts have caused damage or a tragedy. Automotive parts are a huge target for counterfeiters. These parts, mostly sold on the aftermarket, are so good that even car dealers have been fooled by the authentic looking packaging and inventory/product numbers.

Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services restructures injection molding/contract facility in Mexico

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 25th, 2013

As more manufacturing reshores from Asia to the NAFTA region, Mexico is seeing its share of a resurgence in its manufacturing industries, particularly in the three 'A's: automotive, aerospace and appliances. As those industries continue their rapid growth, the supply chain in Mexico becomes a critical factor in their success. Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services, a contract manufacturer in Juarez, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, TX, has announces a ramping up and restructuring of operations there to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Sealed Air targets 'bleeders' in attack on margin weakness

By Doug Smock
Published: November 14th, 2013

Sealed Air Corp., a major plastics converter known for such brand names as Bubble Wrap and Cryovac, is taking a beating from rising polyolefin prices, poor pricing discipline on its own products, weak margins and bad debts.

The company has launched what it describes as an aggressive quality of earnings improvement program, which will include divestitures, improved purchasing practices, and pricing controls.  

Plastics market expected to reach 508.6 million tons by 2016

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 31st, 2013

A new report from Axis Research Mind claims that the plastics market is expected to reach 508.6 million tons by 2016 primarily supported by the segments (rigid/flexible plastics), resins (thermoplastics/thermoset) and end-users such as food and beverage packaging, building and construction plastics, healthcare and more.

K 2013: Virtual molding trials possible with new simulation software

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 28th, 2013

The start-up production of new parts in injection molding is normally accompanied by extensive mold trials and iterations. Now, a Virtual Molding software package allows this to be accomplished in the digital realm, reportedly offering an economic and time-effective alternative to conduct virtual injection molding trials and part try-outs totally independent of machine time and operator availability.

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