Lightweight yacht employs carbon fiber reinforcement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 25th, 2014

Following on from its successful use in the aeronautics sector, carbon multiaxial reinforcement is set to be a key material in a lightweight yacht. Both the hull and the deck of the Albatros designed by Jean-Marie Finot are made from C-Ply, Chomarat's (Le Cheylard, France) range of carbon multiaxial reinforcements.

R&D tax credits extended for the 2014 tax year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 23rd, 2014

Manufacturers can breathe a sigh of relief. The Tax Increase Prevention Act was signed into law by President Obama last Friday night. It calls for a one-year extension of the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit, which expired on Dec. 31, 2013. The extension is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014 and is good through Dec. 31, 2014.

That was the good word from the Black Line Group, a national provider of R&D tax credit services (www.blacklinegrp.com).

Five predictions for the moldmaking industry for the New Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 23rd, 2014

Predicting what the moldmaking industry will do in 2015 is a bit like trying to predict the weather - only worse! However, business in the industry seems much more certain heading into 2015 than they did a year ago. That said, here are my predictions for the moldmaking industry.

What the future is bringing: trends to watch in bioplastics

By Karen Laird
Published: December 23rd, 2014

When, in the past, bioplastics were more or less equated with lackluster, tired-looking materials mainly derived from starch, few in the industry took their use very seriously. Poor processability combined with indifferent mechanical properties and uncertain availability meant that their main advantage was, if anything, biodegradabilty and applications were mainly confined to golf tees and flowerpots. All that has changed, however. As the industry matures, the range of materials qualifying as bioplastics has expanded dramatically.

2015 predictions: Automotive & Transportation

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 23rd, 2014

It's that time of the year again. PlasticsToday takes a look inside its acrylic (or is it polycarbonate?) ball and hazards a forecast of what plastics processors can expect from the auto sector in 2015.

Lower resin prices

Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser questions A.T. Kearney’s headline

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 23rd, 2014

The blog I wrote last week based on A.T. Kearney's 2014 Reshoring Index, the first in a series of studies looking objectively at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations to the U.S. in an inaugural index, brought a response from Harry Moser, founder and President of the Reshoring Initiative. Moser raised some salient points.

Amcor Rigid Plastics ranked as a top employer in Argentina

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 23rd, 2014

Amcor Rigid Plastics' Argentina business unit was recently recognized as one of the best employers in Argentina for 2014 by Apertura Magazine, a business magazine in Argentina. Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor was ranked fifth in the country among employers with 200 or fewer employees.

2014: an innovative year for growth in mold manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 22nd, 2014

2014 has been an innovative year and along with innovation comes growth. Many of the articles and blogs that I wrote this past year brought this innovation to light. When you think of innovation you typically think of technology, but there are also ways to innovate in management.

See the most-read plastic packaging stories of 2014

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 22nd, 2014

One thing is crystal clear when reviewing the most-read stories in the PlasticsToday Packaging Channel: new technology dominates. The most-read story [Slippery coating inside plastic packaging enables viscous liquids to slide easily] highlighted how a new technology seeks to change the way liquids move within packaging.

Innovation takes hold in the injection molding market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 22nd, 2014

Last year, approximately 87,000 injection molding machines were sold worldwide, according to information supplied by injection molding machine and automation supplier Engel. The company expects a stable development for the next few years.

Engel says that in the global view, the United States and Mexico have grown, while Thailand and Brazil have declined.

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