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June 14, 2017

The Who Man Revolutionized the Swimming Industry With Plastics

Summer is here and its time for many around the country to hit the pool. As you are cooling off on a hot day, take a look around at all the pool equipment and swim accessories. The majority of these items were invented by one man. Adolph Kiefer personally developed and designed dozens of lifesaving […]

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June 6, 2017

Retail Sales increase creates growth in plastics industry

According to the Census Bureau, between 2015 and 2016, retail sales growth climbed to 2.9 percent. This is great news for the plastics industry. A large factor that contributes to this growth is the boost of online retailers. As this industry expands, it will create a greater demand for plastics shipping products. The trend seems […]

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May 11, 2017

Toyota’s new Michigan R&D center opens doors to plastics suppliers

Toyota’s $154 million expansion to their existing R&D center in Ann Arbor, Michigan will reel in a vast amount of its product development to one campus. Toyota’s build-out is an effort to streamline their production and make it even easier to work with its key suppliers. Deb Schroeder, who manages the interior and exterior parts […]

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April 26, 2017

Nissan uses plastics to create a dog friendly ride

The new Nissan X-Trail SUV was designed for man’s best friend. Whether you are going on a long road trip or just down to your favorite dog park, Nissan has you covered. Dennis McCarthy owner Vehicle effects, and designer for the Fast and The Furious Franchise used injection molded plastics to create a rear compartment […]

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April 7, 2017

Are Plastic Molded Phones making a comeback?

In the wake of large touch screens and Metal molded smartphones, Nokia will shock the world with the resurrection of the legendary 3310 phone. It will boast the light weight, molded plastic body that was a hit 17 years ago. With the cost savings of the plastic molding on these devices, the 3310 is expected to retail in […]

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March 24, 2017

How Injection Molding Works

Every been curious about the process of injection molding? Check out this quick animation to see exactly how those tiny plastic pellets become the finished product!

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March 14, 2017

Bean Bag’s and Plastics

Bean bags and bean bag furniture are not only comfortable and ergonomic but also fun, exciting and affordable. However, there is more to bean bags than the uniquely designed and colorful covers you see on the outside. You may not have put much thought into it, but bean bag filler comes in many varieties, and […]

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March 7, 2017

3D Printed Green Polyethylene in Space

Green plastics made from sugarcane are now being used to for 3D printing parts on the International Space Station (ISS). This technology allows astronauts aboard the ISS to manufacture tools and spare parts on their own without needing anything sent up from Earth. The bio-based polyethylene was chosen for its recyclability, chemical resistance, and flexibility. […]

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February 14, 2017

How Plastic Changed the Gun Industry

There is great change currently occurring in the gun production industry. It all started back in 1980 with an, at the time, relatively unknown gun manufacturer in Austria named Glock. In 1980 the Austrian military made the decision to find a replacement for their WWII era Walther pistols they were currently using. They needed a […]

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February 7, 2017

Replacing the Metal Can with Plastic

Sonoco Packaging and McCall Farms have come together to create the TruVue clear can. This is a ground-breaking alternative to the traditional metal packaging can typically used for canned vegetables. McCall Farms is implementing the TruVue clear can in its line of Glory Farm’s Slow-Cooked vegetables and has already launched with sales in over 400 […]

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