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May 23, 2001

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E-Commerce Resources

E-commerce firms are making it easier than ever to transact business over the Internet. Some have been around a while, some are new, with promises yet to be delivered, and some have already disappeared or merged into more generic sites. The following is a list of some of the more important independent or multicompany e-commerce sites with specific appeal to the injection molding community. Of course, there are also a number of company sites that permit online purchasing, order tracking, and payment for the company's own products or products the company distributes that are not included here. 

allplastx.com 
Type: Resin procurement consortium for European processors
Services: Once developed to be an independent plastics marketplace for Europe, this site has refocused on obtaining Asian resin for European processors at competitive prices.
Language: English
Started: 1999

apexq.com
Type: Resin exchange
Services: Database service for buyers and sellers of secondary plastics; includes material from both postindustrial and postconsumer markets. Prime resin portal.
Language: English
Started: 1994; 1999 opened prime market exchange

apps4biz.com
Type: Application service provider
Services: Provider of management, inventory control, purchasing, financials, and other services; offers e-commerce enabling software; focuses on small businesses (less than $50 million).
Language: English, German, French, Italian
Started: 1999

buyplastics.com
(see conferos.com)

chematch.com
Type: B2B exchange and reverse auction
Services: Exchange and information resource for buying and selling bulk commodity chemicals, plastics, and fuel products. Primary focus is on chemicals and commodity plastics, including wide-spec materials.
Language: English
Started: February 1999

chemconnect.com
Type: Chemical and plastics exchange
Services: Connects buyers and sellers in real-time transactions; bills itself as a neutral marketplace and the world's largest chemical and plastics exchange.
Language: English
Started: 1995

commerx.com
Type: Supply chain management
Services: Integrated suite of procurement, fulfillment, and collaborative supply chain applications with secure document transformation, transmission, auditing, and tracking with subscription-based pricing.
Language: English
Started: 1995 with PlasticsNet (now part of VerticalNet); procurement solutions started in 1999

conferos.com
Type: B2B collaborative product development
Services: Comprehensive Web-based infrastructure designed to bring products to market faster; focuses on design and project management. Moldfilling simulation, file conversions, part cost estimating, material database, processor database, document management.
Language: English
Started: February 2000

elastomersolutions.com
Type: Elastomer marketplace
Services: Supplier consortium for supply chain management, transactions, and collaboration; business centers.
Language: English
Started: February 2000

freemarkets.com
Type: Reverse auction
Services: Provides a way for OEMs to locate new vendors and suppliers for current products or for new programs; offers real-time bidding on molds and molded parts.
Language: English
Started: 1998 

getplastic.com
Type: B2B plastics e-marketplace exchange
Services: Vendor-neutral procurement marketplace designed for engineers and purchasing professionals who locate and buy raw materials for plastic products; purchasing, transaction support, fulfillment, and distribution services for small and medium-sized plastics processors.
Language: English
Started: 1999

ides.com
Type: Materials database
Services: Prospector database of plastics material properties; single datasheets are free; high-level search and comparison functions are subscription based.
Language: English
Started: 1996

justforplastics.com
Type: B2B e-commerce
Services: RFQs, quotes, and bidding for plastics parts, services, tooling, and equipment.
Language: English
Started: 2000

machinepoint.com
Type: B2B e-commerce exchange
Services: Used plastics machinery purchases and sales.
Language: English, Spanish
Started: 2000

matweb.com
Type: Materials database
Services: Database of thermoplastics, thermosets, polymers, metals, semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials; includes data sheets and spec sheets.
Language: English
Started: September 1997

omnexus.com
Type: Supplier consortium marketplace
Services: Online order placement and tracking for resins from most major resin suppliers. Future RFQs, equipment, tooling, supplies.
Language: English
Started: November 2000

planetcad.com
Type: Application service provider
Services: Data management for OEM designers and engineers; cost estimating models, RFQs, file exchange and translation.
Language: English
Started: January 2000

plasticscommerce.com
Type: Portal for purchasing services
Services: Database service for buyers and sellers of raw materials, equipment, semifinished and finished products, molds, and processing services. File exchange and CAD conversion services.
Language: English, Chinese
Started: October 1999

plasticsnet.com
Type: Information resource and industry forums
Services: Once an online marketplace connecting buyers and sellers, the site has been sold to VerticalNet, without the purchasing functions. It has returned to its roots as an online community, with forums, supplier directories, and other resources.
Language: English
Started: 1995 

polymerplace.com
Type: Portal
Services: Provides technical information on plastics to product designers to help translate ideas into actual plastic parts; some portions are still in development.
Language: English
Started: 2000

polymersite.com
Type: B2B plastics e-commerce exchange
Services: Buy/sell exchange for resins, primarily off-spec; site uses a sealed bid process and acts as a price matchmaker between the buyer and seller; actual transaction takes place offline.
Language: English
Started: April 2000

polysort.com
Type: Information resources and industry forums
Services: Database of suppliers, news, resin group purchasing, site hosting.
Language: English
Started: September 1997

processzone.com
Type: B2B plastics industry search engine
Services: Features industry news, job listings, RFI/RFQs, calendar, industry links, discussion forum, classified ads, and a tech center. Offers links to processors' websites and listings.
Language: English
Started: June 2000

qplastics.com
Type: Portal services
Services: Offers free e-mail; resin pricing information; industry news; reference desk; education site for schools; articles; books; professional societies. Includes a forum for bidding jobs, free classified ads, and job listings.
Language: English
Started: 2000

suppliermarket.com
Type: B2B e-commerce
Services: Marketplace for industrial manufactured products; offers line-item bidding for multilined RFQs.
Language: English
Started: October 1999

supplierone.com
Type: B2B e-commerce
Services: Marketplace for made-to-order parts and services, including molded plastic parts and prototypes.
Language: English
Started: March 2000

supplybase.com
Type: Supply chain management
Services: Specializes in entrepreneurial software that focuses on supply chain management including distribution and manufacturing management for the custom parts supplier.
Language: English
Started: August 1999

theplasticsexchange.com
Type: B2B e-commerce
Services: First real-time bid/ask exchange for trading prime resins; cash and delivery commodity exchange modeled after the Chicago Commodities Exchange to facilitate trading in 27 standard contracts of PE, PP, and PS.
Language: English
Started: June 2000 

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