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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.


Use the art of storytelling to separate you from the competition

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 16th, 2014

We all know a good story when we hear one, don't we?

It draws us in. Connects with us personally. If it's really good, we remember and even share it with others.

The good news is that every company has a story like that. This story, if you bring it to life, can appeal to both customers and recruits, generating interest with people - and companies - who share your vision.

Survey: Manufacturers overwhelmingly choose U.S. and Mexico over China as low-cost location

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

When asked to evaluate low-cost manufacturing locations for the production of goods bound for North America, executives of small and mid-size manufacturing companies taking part in a survey chose the United States and Mexico over China by a four-to-one margin. That is one of the surprising findings of a survey conducted by Entrada Group, a Texas-based firm that assists companies in transfering production operations to Mexico. The survey was completed in early 2014, and more than half of the respondents identified themselves as being at the VP level or higher.

Are you dismissing digital marketing? Why the decision to rethink this is critical to your future success.

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 9th, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, like in the past, reaching the right people with the right message is paramount to success. Whether we're looking to establish a dialogue with an OEM engineer or a Tier-One buyer, creating a meaningful connection remains that all-important first step.

Plastics industry M&A proves to be hot market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 8th, 2014

Ask just about any investment bank or financial firm about the plastics industry with respect to M&A and they paint similar pictures: it's hot! While some reports show that transaction volume was down in 2013 from 2012, overall plastics industry players remain attractive to those looking to get into the plastics market.

Slow growth for plastic film recycling in 2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The recycling of postconsumer film packaging exceeded one billion pounds in 2012, however, that just amounts to an increase of one percent over 2011. Recovery data in the report, 2012 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report, is based on surveys from 21 U.S. and Canadian processors and 39 exporters. 

March manufacturing improves slightly

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The March Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 53.7%, an increase of 0.5% from February's reading of 53.2%, indicating expansion in manufacturing.

The Marketing Key: Unlocking answers to today’s business challenges

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 2nd, 2014

We all know there are tremendous competitive pressures in today's business environment, and a lot of questions that can nag us in the middle of the night. Do we have enough feet-on-the-street to connect with the customers we need? Does the customer really understand what makes us special or more valuable? Will we have enough horsepower to run a marathon that seems to keep getting longer?

Global ethylene demand is estimated to grow 3.3% annually

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 28th, 2014

Ethylene production from export-oriented steam crackers associated with advantaged gas-based feedstocks is set to alter the global ethylene markets, according to in-depth analysis from energy research firm Wood Mackenzie's new chemical markets service.

New survey claims to dispel foodservice packaging recycling myths

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 27th, 2014

There's a common perception out there that most packaging material is not recyclable and is destined to spend eternity in landfills. Another perception is that one's local community does not accept foodservice packaging. Well, a new survey commissioned by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) finds widespread but varied acceptance of foodservice packaging by material recovery facilities.

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