Extruder makers hopeful for strong 2018

via Plastics News

End market diversity is the blessing for manufacturers of extruders.

Extruders are used to make pipe and siding in the construction market, sheet and blown film in packaging and tubing for medical. Not to mention custom extrusion for everything from aerospace to writing instruments.

One slow market segment can be offset by another hot one, machinery officials said.

In construction, single-family housing starts were up 8 percent year to date through October, from the same period a year ago, on pace to hit an annual rate of 877,000 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Starts are beginning to get a boost from reconstruction activity from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20171205/NEWS/171209960/extruder-makers-hopeful-for-strong-2018

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A 27-year-old created a series of machines to revolutionize how we recycle

via Insider 

Dave Hakkens of the Netherlands has designed a mini recycling plant. He posts how-to videos on his YouTube page that explain how to build each machine.

Blueprints and videos are free to the public.

More information here: http://www.thisisinsider.com/precious-plastic-machines-will-change-how-we-recycle-2016-4

NPE2018: THE PLASTICS SHOW SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2018 INTERNATIONAL BUYER PROGRAM

via TSNN

NPE2018: The Plastics Show has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in its 2018 International Buyer Program (IBP).

The IBP is a joint government-industry effort under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that brings thousands of international buyers to the U.S. for B2B matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows.

Read the full story here: http://www.tsnn.com/news/npe2018-plastics-show-selected-participate-2018-international-buyer-program

 

Companies focus on business, not NAFTA, at Plastimagen

via Plastics News

Mexico City — The increasingly sharp rhetoric over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement wasn’t exactly center stage at Plastimagen. Visitors and exhibitors said the focus was definitely on business.

But still, like the hum of the machinery running in the exhibition halls, it was constantly in the background and could not be avoided.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119986/companies-focus-on-business-not-nafta-at-plastimagen

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