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**Guest Post Courtesy of Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, David Schultz** The Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, along with the Vinyl Plastics Division of the SPE, will be hosting a conference this fall that highlights a most ubiquitous polymeric material. This conference will be held at the Hilton hotel […]

Ohio has a long, rich history in the Polymer industry, and is known as the birthplace of modern plastics. Today, Ohio is home to the most significant Polymer cluster in America. For in those in the cluster, the advantages are vast. Advantages such as, cutting-edge research being conducted at academic institutions, a steady stream of […]

Oil Prices Drop Put Bioplastics in Question While the majority of the U.S. rejoices due to dropping energy prices, those involved in the polymer industry are also enjoying lower raw material costs. The declining oil prices could also have an impact on other segment of the polymer industry: bio-based products. Does the market demand for […]

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced it opened a new round of funding for the Energy Loan Fund on July 15, 2015. See below for the full announcement from ODSA. The Fund provides financing for energy efficiency and advanced energy projects to Ohio businesses, manufacturers, non-profits, schools, colleges and universities, and public entities. A […]

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 […]

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held their inaugural meeting June 17 -18, 2015 in Knoxville, TN, which drew hundreds of composites experts from industry, government and academia. The event kicked off with a signing ceremony between the U.S. Department of Energy and IACMI representatives to mark the official start of business for […]

Last month, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) published a report about the economic impact of shale-advantaged resin on the U.S. plastics industry. As you know, the development of shale gas is dramatically changing the competitive landscape for American made plastics. What’s Happening? Shale gas development in the U.S. has had a dramatic impact on the […]

Profitable growth is critical for the long term success of any company. So, what steps can you take to ensure that you’re growing profitably? The road to profitable growth starts with a comprehensive strategy. Growth is a process that requires assessment of current conditions, development and implementation of a plan, and regular adjustments. First, you […]

Having the right people is the foundation of success for any organization. However, in the current environment finding these critical resources is a significant challenge for manufacturers. According to the Manufacturing Institute, 80 percent of manufacturing executives report a moderate to severe shortage of highly skilled workers. Ohio is fortunate to have strong network of […]

Don’t miss your chance to be part of history! The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) is holding their inaugural meeting June 17 -18, 2015 in Knoxville, TN. The IACMI was launched in January 2015 with a formal announcement from the President of the United States.. According to the press release, IACMI is “a […]

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