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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.

 

Shipments of primary plastics equipment totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The U.S. plastics machinery market looked pretty strong for Q2. 

Shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming equipment) for reporting companies totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2, according to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI. This was slightly below the strong total of $300.3 million in Q1 of this year, but it represented a gain of 10% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013. For the year to date, the total value of primary equipment shipments is 10% ahead of last year.

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.

Asia-Pacific driving growth in global medtech market, says Singapore government official

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 11th, 2014

Thanks to a burgeoning middle class and growing aging population, the Asia-Pacific region is spearheading future growth in the global medtech market, said Singapore Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan in an address marking the official opening of Medical Manufacturing Asia 2014 in Singapore this week.

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.

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