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2019 likely to be challenging year for plastics machinery editor    |    2018/12/25
2019 likely to be challenging year for plastics machineryFor plastics machinery, 2019 will be a challenging year, especially for injection presses, the biggest equipment category and a bellwether for the overall plastics industry.Thanks to tax reform, 2018 started with a lot of excitement in the equipment market. The big news was the immediate, 100 percent depreciation of capital investments for U..

Forecast sees slowing tooling market Aeyoung Park    |    2018/11/05
The number of North American automotive launches has softened this year, and that’s hitting mold and die makers, according to a third-quarter report from Harbour Results Inc. and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.All automakers building vehicles in North America had planned more than 60 model launches in 2018, but 23 of them — or about a third — were canceled or delayed, co..

EUROMAP 84 for extrusion published as Release Candidate Aeyoung Park    |    2018/11/01
The working group EUROMAP 84 deals with the standardization of OPC UA based interfaces for extrusion.Experts from ten leading European extruders and extrusion lines manufactures are working together with control systems manufacturers and MES suppliers on standardized information models to facilitate an efficient networking of the extrusion line to central computers/MES as well as within the extrus..

PE, PS, PET prices up; PP down; PVC flat Aeyoung Park    |    2018/10/29
Market forces sent North American commodity resin prices in different directions in September, with polyethylene, solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin prices up, regional polypropylene prices down and PVC prices flat.All grades of PE moved up by an average of 3 cents per pound, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News. Market analyst David Barry with PetroChem Wire in Houston said..

Trump signs ocean plastics pollution law Aeyoung Park    |    2018/10/16
▲ President Donald Trump signs the Save Our Seas Act targeting plastic marine waste inon Oct. 11 ceremony at the White House.President Donald Trump signed legislation Oct. 11 beefing up U.S. government efforts to control ocean plastics pollution, including authorizing funding for marine debris cleanup and research and laying the groundwork for stronger international action.In a White House c..

Plastics machinery shipments up again in second quarter Aeyoung Park    |    2018/10/04
North American shipments of plastics machinery were up nearly 6 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017, according to figures released Sept. 20 by the Plastics Industry Association's Committee on Equipment Statistics.The data marks the fifth consecutive quarterly year-over-year increase.Companies reported shipments of injection molding machines and extrusion eq..

TPE production moving from Asia to North America Aeyoung Park    |    2018/10/04
▲ Bob Eller speaks at TPE Topcon.(Frank Esposito)The global thermoplastic elastomer market is "at a change point" in 2018, with the supply chain shifting from Asia and Europe to North America, according to industry consultant Robert Eller."We're seeing a reverse flow of globalization," Eller said Sept. 19 at TPE Topcon, an industry conference hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers in Fairlaw..

Over 56% of global TPE produced in Asia Aeyoung Park    |    2018/10/04
In 2017, about 4.7 million tonnes of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) were used worldwide, according to a study by Ceresana.Production of TPE is dominated by manufacturers in Asia. More than 56% of global production takes place in this region. Second largest producer is North America, followed by Western Europe.Demand for TPE is strongly focused on the largest economic powers. Currently, processors..

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