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Electronics

Electronics Industry Reports Growing Revenue, Capital Expenditures

First-quarter numbers show electronics is growing more than twice as fast as overall economy.
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Packaging

Plastics Processing Ends Best Six-Month Period in Recent History

June 2018’s reading of 56.3 pulls half-year index to 57.1.
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Consumer Products

Fifth Straight Month of Growth for Processing

May’s Index comes in at 57.1 amid indications that processors are making longer-term investments to increase production capacity.
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Commodity Resins

IHS Markit Sees Sustainability as Key to Global Plastics’ Future

As global plastics demand expands rapidly, industry transitions from a linear (take-make-dispose) economy to a circular economy (recover-innovate-reuse).
#economics #sustainability #polyolefins

Construction

Plastics Processing Closes Best Quarter in Recorded History

Overall index for April hits 58.1; custom processors climb to 62.4.
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Let’s Talk About the Economy

Despite what many people think, a ban on plastic bags would do more harm than good. A new initiative from the Plastics Industry Association highlights these and other economic impacts—aiming to change the conversation around plastics.
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Brand Owners Seeking Sustainable Solutions for the Circular Economy

More brand owners are embracing a circular economy mindset—a plan of action that covers the entire lifecycle, from production to consumption to waste management and the market for post-consumer plastics.
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Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing for Production Takes Hold at Forecast 3D

The company is seeing real benefits and potential in HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printing technology for manufacturing plastic parts in high volumes.
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Construction

Construction to Grow in 2018, 2019

The good news for all those in attendance at NPE2018—processors and suppliers alike—is that all signs point to continued growth in housing in 2018. Read on to find out what Perc Pineda, PhD, chief economist for Plastics Industry Association, has to say about how home ownership affects the plastics industry. 
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Construction

IHS Markit Briefing: What Lies Ahead for the Plastics Industry?

Market pros provide insights on the economy, energy, feedstocks and polymers.
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Medical

Plastics Processing Closes Best Quarter in Recorded History

March comes in at 57.7. Index for the first-quarter of 2018 reaches 57.1
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AMBA Releases 2018 Business Forecast Report

Copies are available to qualified mold builders at NPE2018 in booth S33058.
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Automotive

Processing Index Rallies for Another Month

With a February reading of 58.6, the index expands at its fastest rate in five years.
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Purging Compounds

Resins & Additives at NPE2018: Spotlight on Performance, Economy, Sustainability

NPE will host lots of news in engineered thermoplastic compounds, customized TPEs, polyolefins for packaging, bioplastics, recycled content compounds, purging agents, 3D printing materials, and a slew of innovative additives.
#sustainability #polyolefins #Elastomers

Biopolymers

Global Bioplastics Market to Grow 20%

Emerging low-carbon circular economy, stronger policy support for the bioeconomy, and increased consumer awareness drive expansion.
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Construction

Plastics Processing Continues Expansion

Business is poised for additional growth this year.
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Film Extrusion

PE Film Market Snap-Shot: Shrink Film

Roughly 797.3 million lb of PE was consumed making shrink film in 2017, and with growth of 1.7% forecast, consumption will hit 838.2 million lb 2020.
#economics #polyolefins

‘Growth Momentum’ Poised to Continue

Plastics Industry Association economist Perc Pineda says low energy prices, technology advances, and mechanization/automation are keys to manufacturing growth.
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Construction

Processing Index Finishes 2017 Strongly

December’s reading of 55.5 was second highest of 2017.
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The Global Economy: 'Growth Momentum' Poised to Continue

Plastics Industry Association economist Perc Pineda says low energy prices, technology advances, and mechanization/automation are keys to manufacturing growth.
#npe #economics