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Harbour: Tooling demand for automotive to be highest ever

automotive industryGrand Rapids, Mich. — The automotive sector will spend $11 billion on tooling in North America this year, as automakers plan lots of vehicle launches over the next few years, consultant Laurie Harbour told the American Mold Builders Association.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309968/harbour-tooling-demand-for-automotive-to-be-highest-ever

 

 

Fun Facts About NPE2018

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  • More than 65,000 professionals are expected to attend NPE2018. That’s roughly the capacity of Orlando’s Camping World Stadium (formerly known as the Orlando Citrus Bowl).
  • NPE2018 has more than one million net square feet of exhibit halls filled with full-scale operating machinery and equipment. That’s equal to more than 17 football fields!

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Manufacturing: Hans-Mill opens garbage can factory in Jacksonville in deal with Walmart, hires 50 workers

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A new manufacturing facility that has relocated from China to Jacksonville will add 50 new employees to the local workforce.

About 150 local dignitaries and community leaders were on hand Thursday afternoon when the Hans-Mill Corp. officially unveiled its 121,000-square-foot stainless steel garbage can factory at 5406 W. First St. on Jacksonville’s Westside.

Read the full story here: http://www.jacksonville.com/metro/business/2017-05-18/hans-mill-opens-garbage-can-factory-jacksonville-deal-walmart-hires-50

Growing Automotive Plastics Demand in Electric Vehicle Production

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Push for Electric Vehicles Means Plastics May Take Charge

Detroit — It should not be a shock to automotive suppliers that the plastics industry has an electric future.

By 2025, electric and hybrid electric vehicles could account for 33 percent of total vehicle production worldwide, according to data from IHS Markit Ltd., and suppliers are being tapped by OEMs to put different composites and materials into real-world vehicle applications.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20180206/NEWS/180209933/push-for-electric-vehicles-means-plastics-may-take-charge

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Extruder makers hopeful for strong 2018

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End market diversity is the blessing for manufacturers of extruders.

Extruders are used to make pipe and siding in the construction market, sheet and blown film in packaging and tubing for medical. Not to mention custom extrusion for everything from aerospace to writing instruments.

One slow market segment can be offset by another hot one, machinery officials said.

In construction, single-family housing starts were up 8 percent year to date through October, from the same period a year ago, on pace to hit an annual rate of 877,000 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Starts are beginning to get a boost from reconstruction activity from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20171205/NEWS/171209960/extruder-makers-hopeful-for-strong-2018

NPE2018: THE PLASTICS SHOW SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2018 INTERNATIONAL BUYER PROGRAM

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NPE2018: The Plastics Show has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in its 2018 International Buyer Program (IBP).

The IBP is a joint government-industry effort under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that brings thousands of international buyers to the U.S. for B2B matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows.

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Companies focus on business, not NAFTA, at Plastimagen

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Mexico City — The increasingly sharp rhetoric over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement wasn’t exactly center stage at Plastimagen. Visitors and exhibitors said the focus was definitely on business.

But still, like the hum of the machinery running in the exhibition halls, it was constantly in the background and could not be avoided.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119986/companies-focus-on-business-not-nafta-at-plastimagen

NPE makeover reflects growth in plastics industry

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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has unveiled a modernized NPE logo and announced its new show tagline for NPE2018. The new logo features more modern colors and updated creative elements while staying true to the ‘globe and banner’ aspect the NPE brand has been known for through the years. The new tagline, “The Plastics Show”, replaces the old tagline of “The International Plastics Showcase”.

“The changes are aligned with our need to continue attracting more end markets to the show so they better understand the material of plastics and its many wide and varied applications for products. The tagline is more inclusive and attractive to more professionals within the plastics product lifecycle, from ideation to finished product to recycling and reuse,” says William Carteaux, the president and Chief Executive Officer of PLASTICS.

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Houston molder helping workers get back on their feet

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Texas Injection Molding LLC was spared from major damage from Hurricane Harvey. But the Houston company’s employees haven’t all been so lucky, and that includes CEO Jeff Applegate.

Applegate was overwhelmed with the way the Houston community has reacted to the disaster. Likewise, he is thankful for the support he’s been offered from plastics industry colleagues.

“It’s a good testament to the industry. When times get tough, people care and want to lend a hand,” he said.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20170830/NEWS/170839985/houston-molder-helping-workers-get-back-on-their-feet