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.
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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
New series of half-day symposia with networking lunches will feature speakers from financial institutions, consumer brands, plastics manufacturing companies and national associations
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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) said The Plastics Leadership Summit will provide industry and end-market senior management an educational outlet as well as a chance to network with peers and speakers at NPE2018.
The summit, for which there is a separate registration fee, will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday—May 8-10—from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Speakers and presentation are organized by broader themes assigned to each day: Profit (Tuesday), Product (Wednesday) and Production (Thursday).
Read the full story here: https://www.ptonline.com/articles/plastics-adds-educational-event-targeting-executives-to-npe2018