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Coronavirus Test Kits Test MGS’ Manufacturing Mettle

The coronavirus pandemic has exerted an unprecedented stress test on nearly every aspect of the U.S. economy, including plastics manufacturing. In the earliest days, machines idled from normal business paused by the outbreak, were rapidly repurposed for making whatever products could help right now, whether it was personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel or valves for much-needed hospital ventilators.

By the start of April, the immense scale of the challenge facing the country, and what plastics manufacturing’s role would be in rising to that task, began to come into focus. “Everyone knew that in order to have containment and not keep the country shut down—to have a more strategic approach to the outbreak—we needed information; we needed data; and we needed much, much more testing,” says Paul Manley, president of MGS Manufacturing, Germantown, Wis.

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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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