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Construction

Processing Index Nears Peak Historical Growth

Growth slowed in November, but index climbed 5% year to date.
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Consumer Products

Index Nears Historic Growth

Gardner Business Index: Year-to-date average is nearly 54.
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Construction

Third Quarter Finished Strong for Plastics Processing

September’s index hit 54. Processing is up about 9% year-to-date from 2016.
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Injection Molding

VIDEO: Plastics Technology México’s First Event Draws a Crowd

A strong slate of speakers and exhibitors paired with a growing injection molding industry and hot local economy resulted in a successful inaugural event.
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Automotive

August 2017 Index: 56.2

Plastics processors ride manufacturing growth wave.
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Automotive

July’s Index: 52.9

Overall industry index is up 12% from last July, though processor numbers dip.
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Construction

June 2017 Gardner Business Index Plastics: 52.7

Plastics Processors’ Index up by more than 12% vs. last June. Custom processors are humming along.
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Packaging

‘Universal’ Stretch-Blow Molder Offers Maximum Flexibility with Fast Changeovers

Ever hear of blow molding machines from Lithuania? Terekas’ FlexBlow promises economy, flexibility in a PET stretch machine from the Baltics.
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Construction

May’s Index: 56

Industry has grown steadily over last six months.
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Biopolymers

One of the First Biobased Nylons Turns 70

Despite its advancing age, an “exciting future” is forecast for Arkema’s Rilsan Nylon 11.
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Consumer Products

April’s Index: 52

Custom processors and medical market grow for fourth straight month.
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Automotive

High Growth Forecast for High Performance Plastics

New study says automotive and aerospace are the prime driving factor.
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Construction

March 2017 Index: 55.1

Custom processors have experienced robust growth all year.
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Medical

February 2017—55

Custom processors grew at their fastest rate since January 2015.
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Automotive

January 2017—54.7

Custom processors grow at fastest clip since March.
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Medical

December’s Index—49.4

The overall processing market is growing, though custom processors had a slower fourth quarter.
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Recycled Materials

P&G Unveils New Shampoo Bottle from Recycled Beach Plastic

The new Plastics Economy includes shampoo bottles made out of beach plastic.
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Packaging

Welcome to the New Plastics Recycling Economy

A new report provides a clear transition strategy for the plastics industry to design better packaging, increase recycling rates and introduce new models for making better use of packaging. 
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Automotive

November Index—48.2

Despite drop, signs are positive for 2017. Future business expectations are way up.
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Construction

October’s Index—50.1

Mid-size plants drive growth among processors.
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