Industry Market Trends

Can 3D Printing Make Economical Automotive Parts?

October 29, 2014

There are lots of aerospace applications for additive manufacturing (AM). The aerospace industry is characterized by short production runs of expensive parts. In that scenario, AM can lead to a lower overall cost when compared to the cost of expensive tooling for a conventional subtractive manufacturing... Read More

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Nonwovens Market Still Spreads Thick Across the Globe

October 28, 2014

Nonwoven materials will continue to see healthy growth in global markets for the next several years, with medical and filtration applications continuing to be mainstay drivers of expanding use. The market for nonwovens for filtration end-markets is forecast to grow from $3.5 billion in 2014 to $4.6 billion in 2019... Read More

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Editor's Note: Maintaining Excellence

October 28, 2014

We recently have been covering plant operations as well as the storeroom and maintenance functions a lot, in how they can affect world-class productivity through longstanding principles and more recently introduced methodologies. There has been a purpose to that. There is never a bad time to review these areas of... Read More

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Construction Sector Lumbers Along Unsteady Housing Progress

October 23, 2014

If you’re confused about the state of the U.S. housing market, you’re not alone. After bottoming out in 2009, it has occasionally shown signs of recovery but only to slip back into stagnation. A strong beginning to 2013, for example, slackened off into a disappointing year. The languishing state of affairs has had a... Read More

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Convenience, Protection, and 'Smart' Features Will Carry Folding Cartons

October 22, 2014

From cereal boxes to outer sleeves for ready meals to pharmaceutical packaging, folding cartons are key products in the global packaging sphere. The folding-carton market, valued at $140 billion in 2012, continues to grow and is forecast to be worth $184 billion in 2018. This expansion will be fed mainly by continued... Read More

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Small and Big Manufacturers Alike Forecast Healthy Revenue Growth

October 21, 2014

American manufacturers continue to be optimistic about business and revenues despite concerns about rising costs and the shortage of qualified workers. A benchmarking survey by Chicago-based manufacturers buying group Prime Advantage, revealing the business expectations and top concerns of more than 750 small and... Read More

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Editor's Note: Stifling Innovation

October 20, 2014

No one will argue that entrepreneurship and innovation are vital to economic growth and job creation. It’s also no surprise that obtaining capital from banks after the financial crisis has gotten tougher for startups, thus lending rise to another innovation in itself: crowdfunding. The almost-immediate uptakes of... Read More