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This is the third in a series of blogs based on 2019-2020 research conducted by market-research firm Mastio & Co., St. Joseph, Mo. on key markets for processors of polyethylene film. There will be 10 articles in all, two a week. The first five will offer Mastio’s analysis—based on interviews with processors conducted direct by the Missouri firm—with film processors representing the five largest PE film markets. The second batch of five will be focused on the five fast-growing PE film markets.

The first of these blogs analyzed the stretch film market. The second focused on consumer/institutional product liners. Here we turn our attention to T-shirt bags.

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Two for One: Molding, Extrusion Conferences Co-Located in October

Over the years you may have attended of one our webinars. These are hour-long presentations on a Go-to-Meeting platform. Registration is generally free, and those who attend can interact with the presenter and ask questions. We archive these presentations on our website. If you go to ptonline.com, click on the Events dropdown on the top navigation bar and select webinars, you’ll see lengthy list of webinar we have coming up (feel free to register) and those that have been held over the last year.

These webinars have been very well-attended over the years. But since the coronavirus pandemic, attendance at our webinars has in some cases doubled or quadrupled. Clearly, people working from home are taking advantage of the opportunity to catch up on technology and emerging trends and, well, learn.

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This is the second in a series of blogs based on 2019-2020 research conducted by market-research firm Mastio & Co., St. Joseph, Mo. on key markets for processors of polyethylene film. There will be 10 articles in all, two a week. The first five will offer Mastio’s analysis—based on interviews with processors conducted direct by the Missouri firm—with film processors representing the five largest PE film markets. The second batch of five will be focused on the five fast-growing PE film markets.

The first of these blogs analyzed the stretch film market. Here we turn our attention to consumer/industrial product liners.

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With this blog we launch a series of articles based on 2019-2020 research conducted by market-research firm Mastio & Co., St. Joseph, Mo. on key markets for extruders of polyethylene film. There will be 10 articles in all, two a week. The first five—beginning with this one—will offer Mastio’s analysis—based on interviews with processors conducted direct by the Missouri firm—with film processors representing the five largest PE film markets. The second batch of five will be focused on the five fast-growing PE film markets.

Check out the video that accompanies each of these articles in which Kevin Huntsman, Mastio’s senior vice president, and I discuss the takeaways of each market highlighted.

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Harmonization of Injection Molding Safety—PLASTICS’ Perspective

Safety standards for plastics and rubber machinery have long been the purview of national or regional groups, belying the increasingly international nature of the plastics processing industry. A company with plants in Ohio, Mexico and China could expect different safety standards for its equipment in those disparate facilities and regions.

The new international ISO standard— ISO 20430:2020—is a first, and it only came after seven years of collaboration from 40 experts contributing from 13 different countries. At the table for the U.S. was Stan Glover, director of technical sales for Zeiger Industries by day, so to speak, and U.S. TAG chairman representing the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) as it sought to guide and direct the standard’s creation.

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