May 29, 2015
What’s In This Month’s Roundup?
Are you interested in how GM is changing parts-buying? Wondering how oil is impacting resin prices? Curious about emerging trends in thermoforming? This month’s roundup features these topics and more.
Pricing and Market Trends
- North American Resin prices remain unpredictable, despite the fact that oil prices have leveled off slightly. Find out how this and other factors are impacting PVC, PET, PE, PS and PP prices.
- Forecast: M&A hot streak will continue according to Ben Whiting, chemicals director at KeyBanc Capital Markets in Cleveland. Find out why he believes this is true and the factors that influenced his prediction.
- General Motors is changing the way parts-buying is done with the launch of their One Cost Model. Learn more about how supplier bidding is being replaced by cost analysis. Read more in GM shifts buying strategy for suppliers.
- Emerging trends in thermoforming examines the emerging trends section of the new report from Plastics News, North American Thermoformed Packaging Market Review & Outlook 2015. Highlights include the impact of automation and technology and how light weighting and sustainability are gaining ground.
- Carbon nanotubes help create super spider silk looks at how Scientists at the University of Trento in Italy have found a way to make spider silk even stronger and why it may lead to a new class of bionic materials.
- Carbon3D CEO Interview: “Materials Are Key” to Breakthrough CLIP 3D Printing Technology is an interesting interview with CLIP inventor and Carbon3D CEO Joseph DeSimone. He discusses why the materials are a bigger story than the speed.
- The Terraloy 3D-40040 Series compound recently introduced by Teknor Apex combines 3D printing and bioplastics to enhance the toughness and heat-resistance of PLA. Find out more in High-Heat & -Impact PLA for 3D Printing.
- PolyOne launches Geon BIO PVC using soy-based materials is an interesting look at how the development of reFlex, a soy based bio-plasticizer at Battelle Memorial Institute, has paid off for PolyOne with the launch of Geon BIO PVC.
- UUway beginning US extruder production June 1 in Ohio is exciting news for Warren, Ohio. The location was selected for the extrusion expertise and skilled talent in the area. An extrusion laboratory is also planned for the facility.
- Plastics News Now highlights the Lego documentary, Lowe’s 3-D Printing, and a new plastic cup for astronauts in
Astronauts get a jolt of caffeine thanks to plastics.
- Plastics News
2nd Annual Plastics Financial Summit
The Pursuit of Profitability in a Challenging Economy Chicago, IL – June 2-3, 2015
Composites Show & Conferences Houston, TX – June 2-4, 2015
IACMI – Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
Inaugural Members Meeting Knoxville, TN – June 17-18, 2015
We hope you find the collection of recent news in the monthly Polymer News Roundup interesting. Our goal is to bring you information that keep you up-to-date and sparks new ideas you can use in your company. Remember to check back each month to stay on top of what’s happening in the polymer world both locally and globally.
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