Prominent business and supply chain analyst Jon Hansen says when buyers try to improve working capital position at the expense of suppliers, bad things happen usually. Supply chain financing is a tool that mutually benefits the positions of both stakeholders, creating win-win buyer-supplier situations.
The ongoing drive for lightweighting to meet fuel efficiency standards has allowed engineering thermoplastics to grab more share in the auto applications market. High-grade auto plastics, after succeeding in under-the-hood uses, are now moving into structural elements and components.
Intellectual property theft is a greater risk for manufacturing businesses today, with the growing deployment of digital management tools. Network hacks are on the rise, according to a new cyber-security study, and malware presents dangers to IT systems, too. The thieves could come from not just China, but anywhere.
A company claims it is nearing the commercialization of graphene filaments that are compatible with 3D printing. The tandemÂ of these technologies could lead to fast production of ultra-strong yet ultra-light parts with unprecedented performance properties.
High-barrier packaging has established itself in the food and beverage sector, despite being costlier, because it can prevent oxygenation and thus degradation of contents. Consumer trends around the world will continue to propel such packaging forward, but recycling of multilayer structures remains problematic.