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Automation

MEDICAL MOLDING: Configure Your Molding Machine Into a ‘Clean Room’

You can meet the stringent requirements of the medical market without having to invest in a full-blown production clean room.
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Growth For Seven Out of Eight Months

All signs point to an uptick in capacity utilization for the rest of 2014.
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Industry Growth Continues

For three months running, the processing market has grown at its fastest rate since early 2012.
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Chinese plastics machinery industry makes gains

What happens when China’s 1.3 billion people offer more to the global economy via their consumption as customers than their production as low-cost laborers?
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Processors Still Going Strong

Processor business grows for fifth month out of six.
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March Growth Fastest in Two Years

Processing market has expanded four of the last five months.
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Processing Business Still Growing

Processing market grows for the third time in four months.
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Molds & Tooling

Industry Expands Again

January was the third month in a row and the fifth time in six months that index was higher than it was one year ago.
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Trending Up Despite a Slip

Despite a slip in December, processors are still generally doing much better now than a year ago.
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Processor Business Rebounding

Index climbs for the first time since March.
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Packaging

Packaging Shows Gradual Improvement

Our forecast for plastics packaging calls for steady-to-better market demand in the U.S. in the coming months and quarters.
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Construction

Mixed Outlook for Construction

When the U.S. economy is functioning at its best, a vibrant construction sector generates a lot of jobs and consumes lots of materials.
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Automotive

Automotive Outlook: Steady Improvement in 2013

One of the true bright spots in the economy over the past 24 months has been the automotive industry. Our forecast for 2013 calls for another solid increase of 6% to 8%.
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Packaging

Packaging Outpaces Overall Economy

Global market demand for processors of plastics packaging will grow at a rate of 4% to 5% in 2013 and beyond. Emerging markets and developing countries will experience the fastest growth, but gains in the developed countries will also be solid.
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Consumer Products

Demand for Consumer Products Gradually Improving

The market for U.S.-made consumer products is steadily improving, just not at a very rapid rate. Our forecast calls for this trend to continue through the end of this year, with annual growth for 2012 coming in at just under 2%.
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Boosting Business in Tougher Times

Here are some interesting tidbits about increasing your business in a sluggish economy.
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Consumer Products

Computers & Electronics Holding Steady

Forecast calls for a rise in domestic production of 5% this year compared with total output in 2011.
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Automotive

Comeback Ignited in Automotive

Our forecast for 2012 calls for the overall rate of growth to be 10%...not quite back to pre-recession levels, but solid progress.
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Medical

Euro Crisis Hovers Over Medical Forecast

Our outlook for U.S. output of medical equipment and supplies in 2012 calls for a gain of 5%. This follows an expansion of just a little less than 5% in 2011.
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Consumer Products

Outlook for Consumer Goods: Moderately Improve

Our forecast for total U.S. production of consumer goods calls for a gain of 3% in 2012 following a rise of just over 2% in 2011.
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