#ECONOMICS

Film Extrusion

Novolex Buys Wisconsin Film & Bag

With the addition of WF&B, Novolex is now a $2 billion revenue company with over 5,200 employees and 37 manufacturing locations in North America, including two recycling facilities.
#economics

Post-Consumer Recycling

Contraction Continues

Business index for plastics processors dips for fourth straight month.
#economics

Extrusion

Contraction Accelerates for Third Month

Index has been trending down since last March.
#economics

Engineering Resins

New Materials Offer Cost, Performance Advantages to PEEK in Automotive

Two new families of PAEK offer combination of economy and performance for demanding automotive applications.
#economics

Extrusion

Contraction Accelerates Slightly

Third dip in four months.
#economics

Additive Manufacturing

Second Contraction in Three Months

Slowdown among small-to-mid-size processors drags index down.
#economics

Post-Consumer Recycling

Can A Circular Economy Increase Plastics Recycling Rates?

The European Union (EU) has set a goal to recycle 60% of plastic packaging by 2025.
#economics

Extrusion

Processing Market Flattens

Processing has grown significantly since the beginning of 2014, but April dipped 11% on a year-to-year basis.
#economics

Chinaplas Opens With Record Number of Exhibitors and Space

Even as the overall Chinese economy cools, its annual plastics show continues to grow unabated with 2015’s edition boasting 3282 exhibitors and 240,000 m2 of exhibit space in Guangzhou.
#economics

Injection Molding

Processors’ Growth Returns

After a one-month dip, the market expands once more, though the rate has slowed.
#economics

Blow Molding

First Contraction Since December 2013

A temporary pause after 15 straight months of expansion?
#economics

Purging Compounds

MATERIALS AND ADDITIVES AT NPE: Spotlight on Performance, Economy, and Sustainability

Lots of news in engineering thermoplastic compounds, TPEs, and purging agents, plus a wide range of colorants and additives.
#polyolefins #economics #sustainability

Compounding

Surging Growth

Processors have been expanding at a fast and furious pace since October.
#economics

Thermoforming

Solid Growth Continues

Compared with a year ago, the index increased 8.4% in December, which was also the fastest month-over-month growth since August.
#economics

Compounding

Growth Accelerates

First month since March that growth has jumped significantly.
#economics

U.S. Plastics Sector Stars in Lackluster Global Economy

The U.S. plastics industry in 2014 succeeded despite a near-worldwide malaise, but how long can we thrive while our global partners falter?
#economics

Extrusion

Growth Continues, Slowly

Processing market grows for the 11th month out of 12.
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Extrusion

Slower Growth Continues

Still, business among processors has grown in 10 of the last 11 months.
#economics

Industry Grows…But Slower

Backlogs continue to grow, suggesting that processors’ capacity utilization and capital equipment investment should increase in 2015.
#economics

Growth Rate Picks Up

Processor business activity increases for eighth of nine months.
#economics