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Additives

Mineral Additives Supplier and University Partner Expand Uses of Graphite to Thermoplastics

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Germany’s George H. Luh’s recent research developments look promising for broadening the use of expandable graphite to nylons and more. 

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and Injection Molding Increasingly Complementary in Covid-19 Crisis

By: Tony Deligio

The coronavirus crisis has often simultaneously required the speed of additive manufacturing and the scale of injection molding.

End Markets

Use Automated Fever Scanning to Protect your People and your Business

This new non-contact temperature screening system from MachineSense is quick and easy to use. It provides an added level of health protection for employees and legal protection for the business.

End Markets

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Deli Bags and Wrap

By: Jim Callari

With an average annual growth rate of 7.9%, PE resin consumption in this market is anticipated to reach 25.2 million lb in this market by 2022.

Post-Consumer

Project STOP Announces New Advancements to Combat Plastic Pollution

By: Heather Caliendo

Launched in 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP works with cities to create effective waste management systems that eliminate plastics leakage into the ocean and create circular systems in Southeast Asia. 

Extrusion

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Converter Film

By: Jim Callari

Market pegged to grow 5.7% yearly through 2022. 

End Markets

Diversified Plastics and Nonin Medical Meet the Challenge of Rapid Demand for Noni's Oximeters Brought on by Coronovirus

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Demand has sharply risen for Nonin’s Onyx fingertip pulse oximeters as they have the capability to help diagnose and monitor silent hypoxia in COVID-19 patients. 

Construction

Black Swan Be-Ready Planning

By: Tony Deligio

Even the most nimble manufacturers with the most creative crisis management planning were likely caught flat footed by coronavirus—how can you better prepare for its remaining surprises and future crises?

Injection Molding

The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine Spurs Syringe, Vial Production

By: Tony Deligio

As the world eagerly awaits a vaccine to inoculate against Covid-19, molders of syringes and vials are boosting production to meet what will be desperate, crushing need.

Injection Molding

Index Climbs Higher Toward ‘Neutral’ Mark

By: Michael Guckes

New orders and production hint at a bottom in the initial disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
#economics

Materials

Commodity Resin Prices Rebound

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Resurgence in exports, stronger domestic demand, higher feedstock costs push prices back up for PE, PP, PS, PVC—but not PET.
#polystyrene #pvc #pet

Know How

Extrusion: 'Melt-Blown' Fiber: What You Need to Know to Enter the Face Mask Market

By: Jim Frankland

Coronavirus pandemic has made extrusion processors curious about entering the face-mask market. But melt-blown fiber is very different from most other extrusion processes and requires specialized equipment.
#bestpractices

Film

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Bubble Packaging

By: Jim Callari

Continued trend toward e-commerce is driving growth in the market for bubble packaging.

Recycling

Nova Chemicals Talks Recycled Plastics, Sustainability Strategy

By: Heather Caliendo

In this Q&A, Monika Kleczek, circular economy market development manager, Nova Chemicals Polyethylene Business, talks about the company’s efforts to expand a market for recycled plastics. 
#sustainability #economics

Extrusion

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Consumer Trash Bags

By: Jim Callari

Trash bag market dominated by major players. Average annual growth pegged at 3.4% for the next three years though environmental issues loom.

End Markets

Plastics for Large Touchscreens, LED Light Panels Made with High Transparency & Electrical Conductivity

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

University of Michigan researchers have made plastic conductive and also more transparent for large touchscreens, LED light panels and window-mounted infrared solar cells.