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16,000-Plus People Attend Plastics
1998's largest U.S. plastics show, Plastics USA attracted
a total of 16,319 registrants to the triennial event, held
in October. Although deemed a success, this year's show's
attendance was down approximately 2,000 from the record-high
Plastics USA/95. The decline is attributed in part to the
uncertain economic climate in Asia and elsewhere, said H.
Gunther Hoyt, show chairman and vice president of Xaloy
Despite the attendance decline, there was a "bullish
enthusiasm" among the attendees, according to show
management. Plastics USA/98 was co-sponsored by the Society
of Plastics Industry Inc. and the Society of Plastics
"As the largest plastics exposition in North America in
the three-year interval between SPI's NPE show, Plastics USA
is a vaulable opportunity for suppliers to update the
industry on developments in machinery and equipment,
materials and services," Hoyt said.
New products and services made their impact on attendees.
Of the 558 companies which exhibited at the show, many said
they considered the exposition to be very profitable with
regards to leads and outright sales of machines off the
"Conair sold granulators and robots right off the floor,"
said Ben Martin, marketing activities manager for the Conair
Group. "We were impressed with the knowlede and expertise of
visitors to the booth. They knew what they wanted and they
wanted it now. For us, the show was nothing but good
The seminar programs and technical conferences were also
considered a success. More than 850 registered participants
attended the eight concurrent conference sessions conducted
by SPI and more than 350 participated in the 22 technical
seminars held by SPE.
The next Plastics USA is scheduled for Oct. 2-4, 2001, in
Chicago. For more information, contact the SPI at (202)
974-5235 or e-mail email@example.com.
World Polypropylene Demand to Grow
Nearly 6% Annually
World demand for polypropylene is predicted to grow 5.9
percent annually to nearly 30 million metric tons by 2002, a
value of $27 billion. According to The Freedonia Group, this
is the strongest growth forecast for any of the major
thermoplastics. Only polyethylene, which benefits from some
of the same process technology improvements, is expected to
show comparable gains.
According to Freedonia's World Polypropylene study, all
major markets for polypropylene will see solid gains, with
the fiber and consumer goods markets offering the best
opportunities. Strongest gains in fiber demand are driven by
nonwovens, such as in medical goods.Consumer goods show the
strongest gains occurring in impact and random copolymer
grades of polypropylene.
According to the study, many of the resin's new
applications, particularly in packaging, are coming at the
expense of polystyrene and PVC, both of which have been the
subject of regulatory restrictions related to solid waste
issues and potential toxicity.
China is expected to remain the world's leading importer
of polypropylene resins, due in part to the excess capacity
in the export-intensive industries of Japan and South Korea,
the study states. The remainder of the Asian market will
decelerate markedly from its previous strong pace due to the
region's financial crisis.
Latin America offers favorable long-term growth, due
mainly to evolution of the plastic packaging and durable
goods markets in Argentina and Brazil, although short-term
prospects have been clouded by some of the same financial
instability affecting Asia, according to The Freedonia
In Eastern Europe, both the Czech Republic and Hungary
will become signigicant exporters upon completion of new
expansion projects, although Russia's market will remain
For further details about World Polypropylene, contact
Corinne Gangloff at The Freedonia Group, (440) 684-9600, fax
(440) 646-0484, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full text of the study is also available online through
commercial database companies and the www.freedoniagroup.com
Dates Set for NPE Exhibit Space
Anticipating record demand for NPE 2000, show sponsor,
the Society of Plastics Industry Inc., announced that the
drawing for exhibit space will take place March 16 and 17 in
NPE 2000 will take place June 19-23 at Chicago's
McCormick Place. "Even with an incrase in available exhbit
space of at least 8 percent over NPE 1997, we still expect
NPE 2000 to be a sellout," said Larry Thomas, president of
The drawing will take place in the International Ballroom
fo the Chicago Hilton and Towers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
both days. Member companies of SPI receive substantial
discounts on space costs and uprades in drawing
For more information on NPE, or to receive a copy fo the
official NPE prospectus, companies can contact Hall-Erickson
Inc., NPE 2000 Exposition Management, 98 E. Naperville Raod,
Westomont, IL 60559-1559; (630) 434-7779; FAX (630)
Brookdale Wins POP Display
Plymouth, MN-based Brookdale Plastics Inc. won an award
for its interactive point-of-purchase display at the Society
of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division annual
conference in Nashville.
Designed for Metacom Inc., the music station resembles a
jukebox and displays the company's line of CDs and
cassettes. It employs an interactive touch screen so
customers can sample the music titles stocked on the
display. The display also contains a motion sensor which,
when tripped by a passing customer, activates the jukebox to
play short music samples to attract attention.
Brookdale vacuum formed 22 separate parts from
glycol-modified PET and high-impact polystyrene. The company
also assembled the components, along with wood
subassemblies, to produce the finished displays. More than
2,700 units have been produced to date and shipped to
nationally to major discount stores and larger retail
Ferry Acquires Canton, Launches
Rotational molding manufacturer Ferry Industries has
acquired the assets of Canton Industrial Systems, a maker of
CNC routers and trimmers. The assets will become part of a
new Ferry subsidiary, Quintax Inc.
"With this acquisition, Ferry is adding a line of
machinery that will serve both existing and new customers,"
said Harry Covington, president of Ferry.
Quintax will operate out of the Canton facility in East
Canton, OH. The company will supply routers and trimmers to
the thermoforming and rotational molding industries, as well
as provide machines for industrial mold and pattern makers
and to the aerospace industry.
For additional information contact Ferry at (330)
688-4400. Quintax can be reached at (330) 488-1251.
Fanuc Robotics CEO to
Effective Dec. 31, Eric Mittelstadt, chairman and CEO of
Fanuc Robotics North America, will retire. Rick Schneider
will take over as the new CEO while continuing as president;
Schneider has served as president and COO since 1997.
Mittelstadt will remain a business advisor to the company
and will hold the title chairman emeritus.
Headquartered in Rochester, MI, Fanuc Robotics North
America recorded 1997 sales of approximately $370 million.
For information about the company contact (248) 377-7000,
Fanuc Canada Opens New Headquarters
In related news, Fanuc Robotics Canada Ltd. opened a new
50,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, ON. The new
facility will serve as the company's Canadian
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Fanuc Robotics North America
Inc., Fanuc Robotics Canada is a leading supplier of robots
and robotic systems in Canada. The new facility is located
at 6774 Financial Drive, Mississauga, ON L5N 7J6 Canada
(905) 812-2300, FAX: (905) 812-2350.
CMS, Hartzell Mfg. Merge
Richmond, KY-based contract manufacturer CMS has merged
with Hartzell Mfg. of St. Paul, MN. Hartzell has six plants
that offer tooling, plastic injection molding, die casting
The merger is in response to customers' need for
single-source suppliers. "Two years ago, we began sensing
that our customers wanted maximum leverage from their
supplier base," said George Scherff, president and CEO of
CMS Hartzell offers the following services: injection and
structural foam molding, metal fabrication, metal stamping,
die casting, design and value engineering and rapid response
CMS Hartzell has nine facilities located throughout the
United States and Mexico. For more information contact the
company at (651) 643-2358.
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