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Molds & Tooling

Canon Virginia Graduates First Class of Apprentices

President Obama declared this week National Apprentice Week and in honor of that, employers across the country will host open houses to highlight the significant value of apprenticeships in our economy.
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Consumer Products

August’s Index—48.7

Custom processors grow for fourth month out of six.
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Additive Manufacturing

July’s Index—45.9

Plants with 50-99 employees expand for eighth straight month.
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Post-Industrial Recycling

The Minco Group Becomes SPI’s First Zero Net Waste Company

The company is projecting a revenue increase of approximately $20,000 for 2017 based on recycling efforts.
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Automotive

Advanced Manufacturing Has Outsized Impact U.S. Economy

But overall impact is waning, pointing to need for federal and state-local strategies to boost the sector’s growth and broaden its reach.
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Blow Molding

June’s Index: 46.8

But plants with 100-249 employees expand for fourth straight month.
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Automation

China Bets Big on Automation

With the full brunt of the Chinese government behind it, the country’s industrial robot inventory is forecast to explode 2500% from 70,000 in 2016 to 1.8 million by 2025.
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Biopolymers

Bioplastics In Full Bloom: 30% Growth Rate Forecast

A leading market research provider sees a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% for the global bioplastics market.
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Additive Manufacturing

May’s Index: 52.1

Large and mid-sized processors doing particularly well.
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Compounding

April’s Index: 48.2

Larger plants doing much better. Capital spending plans jump.
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Engineering Resins

‘New Normal’ Marks 30th Chinaplas Show

Show breaks attendance records as Chinese economy slows.
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Injection Molding

March 2016 Index: 52.8

Processing business index registers growth for first time in 10 months.
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30 Editions On, Chinaplas Continues to Grow

Launched only five years after China’s 1978 Open-Door Policy reintroduced the country to the global economy, Chinaplas and the Chinese plastics industry have shared a meteoric rise over the last three decades.
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Additive Manufacturing

February’s Index—49.6

Processing market at highest level since last April.
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China Reimagines Its Manufacturing Industry

Nearly 40 years ago, China’s “Open Door” policy revolutionized the country’s economy, particularly industry—Can “Made In China 2025” keep “the world’s factory” humming?
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Extrusion

December’s Index: 43.6

Mid-size plants expand for fourth month out of five. And compared with one year ago, capital spending plans are up 32%.
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Blow Molding

November 2015—44.3

Processors plan to invest in capital equipment as smaller processors are doing better.
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Injection Molding

Large & Medium-Sized Plants Expand

Smaller operations might be struggling, but the heart of the industry is growing.
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Commodity Resins

Commodity Resin Prices Flat or Lower

Mostly quiet forecast for the end of the year.
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Thermoforming

Breaking the Downward Slide?

Processing market seems to have stabilized.
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