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Molders Economic Index

By IMM Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

Current data from The Repton Group LLC on key injection molding end markets. Click here.


New orders for durable goods hit record high

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

It seems that "summer slump" is just an illusion as the U.S. Census Bureau reports that new orders for manufactured durable goods in July increased $55.3 billion or 22.6% to $300.1 billion. This increase, up five of the last six months, was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992, and followed a 2.7% June increase. However, take transportation out of the mix, and new orders decreased 0.8%.

Transportation equipment, up 10 of the last 11 months, drove the increase, up $56.6 billion or 74.2% to $133.0 billion.

3D printing and additive manufacturing industry expected to quadruple in size in four years

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

Wohlers Associates Inc., an independent consulting firm providing technical, market, and strategic advice on developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing, expects worldwide revenues in that industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. According to the Wohlers Report 2014, the company's annual publication on the subject, the industry grew to an estimated $3.07 billion in 2013. By 2020, Wohlers Associates forecasts revenues from all products and services in the industry to exceed $21 billion.

#MfgDay14: Opening doors to our industry's future

By Gary Weldon
Published: August 14th, 2014

Sometimes the best way to open the door of opportunity is to just grab a hold of the handle and pull.

Micromolding: A decades-old technology is enabling today's medical advances

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 13th, 2014

Micromolding has been around for some 30-odd years, but it's only in the past 10 years or so that it has really soared as an enabling technology in medical manufacturing, says Aaron Johnson, Vice President, Marketing & Customer Strategy, at Accumold (Ankeny, IA). "Demand for this technology has skyrocketed in the last decade," says Johnson, and it is a trend that continues to pick up steam, notably, in medical manufacturing. Recent market reports bear him out.

Automotive market drives global phenolic resin demand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Demand from the automotive sector is one of the primary drivers of the phenolic resins market according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (Albany, NY). "[Phenolic] molding compounds are in demand from the automotive sector as they amplify vehicle efficiency, and promote fire-safety," says the consulting firm.

German plastic packaging market on track for additional growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2014

The German market for plastic packaging and films achieved encouraging results in 2013, according to the IK, the Germany industry association. While production output rose by around 2.4% to 4.3 million tons, turnover worth 13.6 billion euro (USD 18.25 billion) (a surplus of 3.5%) reached a new record level.

Reshoring: A call to action

By Matt Fehrmann
Published: August 6th, 2014

According to research by A.T. Kearney, leading reasons why companies are bringing their manufacturing back to North America include:

When economic news is surprising and no one is surprised

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Here we are in the middle of what I've always called "summer slump" and there have been a few surprises this past week. The trouble is that it's not so surprising - or it shouldn't be anyway. The first surprise is that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey showed that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month. The July Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 57.1%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from June's reading of 55.3%, indicating an expansion in manufacturing.

DOE announces funding for biomass-based carbon fiber development

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 30th, 2014

The US Energy Department (DOE; Washington, DC) has announced up to $11.3 million in funding for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

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