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Ohio’s Polymer Industry: Structure, Strength and Success Ohio is known as the center of polymer manufacturing in the United States, and with good reason. Home to the most significant polymer cluster in America, Ohio’s polymer industry includes companies in the fields of plastics, rubbers/elastomers, paints, coatings, adhesives and advanced materials. The old saying “there is […]

The plastics industry in the U.S. is booming. This is the message found in the Plastics Industry Trade Association’s (SPI) annual report Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S. Economy. The report uses comprehensive 2014 data to show how plastics production has influenced the nation’s economy in the past year. Additionally, state […]

Ohio’s network of universities provide an abundance of resources to boost growth and innovation in the polymer industry. However, finding the path to those resources is not always easy. The first step is understanding what resources are available, and where they are. Here is a brief overview of a few of the world-class polymer programs […]

Carbon fiber reinforced composites have found success in applications demanding the highest performance attributes where cost is less of a factor, such as aerospace and sports equipment. High volume applications remain on the horizon, but out of reach at current cost performance ratios. Several factors suggest that the automotive industry will be the market to […]

OBIC Director, Dennis Hall discusses PLA with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Bio-based resins are evolving rapidly. As concern over conventional plastics gains momentum and sustainability becomes a larger focus for manufacturers, bio-resin development is surging. As a result, more renewable bio-composites are being pushed into the resin stream creating a growing opportunity for […]

PolymerOhio recently completed a “roadmap” for the polymer molding industry in Ohio.  The following is a snapshot of the study approach and results plus a few key takeaways we hope will provide you with some valuable insight. Approach This roadmap was developed using a multi-phase approach as follows. Between each phase, “strawman” lists of challenges […]

The dramatic drop in crude oil prices has resulted in significant declines in resin pricing in recent months.  What the future holds in terms of resin prices is not easily understood as the drivers are global and complex. The recent oil price decline is related to a complex set of global drivers including a slowing […]

New Tripoli, PA, November 18, 2014 –(PR.com)– 3D printing industry remains highly fragmented across different printers, materials, and software. This fragmentation in the 3D industry will be a catalyst for growth, as no single company controls the majority of the market, according to the latest report “3D Printing: Material and Equipment Opportunities, Trends, and Markets,” […]

OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, headquartered at The Ohio State University, hosted the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase & Conference October 5-8. It was the first time an event of this type has been held and it attracted 250 attendees from around the world. And, with Ohio’s two largest industries being polymers and agriculture it was a […]

Recent Boston Globe article highlights a ground breaking new use of plastics: According to a recent Boston Globe article, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have created an alternative to traditional iron and steel based surgical components. Their new device – a surgical robot – is forged not of steel, but of plastic. The reason? Medical […]

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