Category Archives: Management

Mexican Trade Issue Clouds US Plastics Outlook

President Trump’s Mexico policy is the elephant in the room as the U.S. plastics industry emerges from a difficult 2016. “Shipments of plastics equipment rose steadily during the [..]

Management, Markets, North America

The Trump Presidency: Be Careful What You Wish For

Amid optimism that the incoming Trump administration will boost American manufacturing, officials of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly known as SPI, are pressing for at least five regulatory [..]

Management, North America

Walmart’s Buy America Program Is Falling Woefully Short

With much fanfare, Walmart announced a buy America program in 2013. It was obviously an important development because Walmart after all was the company that created the “China [..]

Consumer Goods, Management, North America ,

Strong Machinery Sales: Is The Party Almost Over?

The market for injection molding machinery in the United States was very strong for the past two quarters, according to data released this week by the SPI Committee On [..]

Management, Markets, North America ,

Dow-DuPont Merger: What Would It Mean For Plastics?

The once stable world of engineering plastics took another crazy turn last night when the Wall Street Journal reported that Dow and DuPont are in the advanced stages [..]

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Two Plastics DotComs Will Debut At The NPE Startup Garage

One of the interesting exhibits at NPE2015 next month in Orlando, Florida, will be the “Startup Garage” featuring new ventures aiming to get a foothold in the plastics [..]

Management

Metabolix Pulls Plug On Plant, Scales Back to Conserve Cash

Bioplastics development continues to sputter as the economics for volume applications weaken. In early November of last year, executives of bioplastics developer Metabolix said: “We remain on-track to [..]

Bioplastics, Management, North America, Packaging ,

Why DuPont Needs to Win Its Proxy Fight With Trian

The continuing hedge funds’ attack on global chemicals and plastics giants will be a major story in 2015. Last fall Bayer’s stock rose more than 6 percent on [..]

Management, North America ,

Is 3D Printing Just Lipstick Or The Real Deal for ARC Group?

What is your company worth? The market capitalization of ARC Group Worldwide, a metal and plastic injection molder, has swung wildly in the past 52 weeks. From 2007 [..]

Additive manufacturing, Automotive, Defense, Electronics, Management, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Office Products , , , , ,

Low Cost Molding: Mexico Versus China

It seems apparent that Mexico is emerging as the favored low-cost manufacturing location for the United States market. Look at Lego’s decision to build a mammoth molding plant [..]

Asia, Management, South America