#COVID-19

Sales

On Your Left: Bicyclists in the Passing Lane

Sales of two-wheelers are off to the races amid the coronavirus pandemic

GN Thermoforming Installs New Machines with WhatApp During Coronavirus Crisis

Using the WhatsApp messaging platform, GN has been able to install new machines for U.S. and Eastern European customers amidst COVID-19.

Canadian Manufacturing Ramp Up Accelerating

After Canadian manufacturing began setting its return to work guidelines, ramp up is underway in manufacturing and automation, with health and safety and a mostly closed border being some key issues for manufacturers. 

Ineos Teams Up with Herman Miller in the Production of Face Shields for Front Line Medical Staff Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA is donating enough PP to Herman Miller which has repurposed resources to injection mold headbands for 20,000 medical face shields to combat COVID-19.

Leader of New Jersey PPE 3D Printing Effort Tells Volunteers, “Stop Completely”

“PPE Made in the USA” delivers 5,000 3D printed face shields produced and distributed by 50 volunteers. As emergency passes, a high school STEM teacher’s response to the COVID-19 crisis reaches its conclusion.

Metalworking Activity Contracts Further as Coronavirus Disruption Continues

Index sets back-to-back all-time lows stemming from extended COVID-19 turbulence.

Social Distancing Sensors for the Factory Floor

ProGlove Connect app update includes a feature that notifies workers in close proximity to help them maintain proper social distance during COVID-19.

Drone Engine Replaces 13 Parts With 1: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Cobra Aero discovered an opportunity for redesign it might never have found without the COVID-19 interruption providing time for product development via 3D printing. The Cool Parts Show explores how additive manufacturing is advancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Batteries

BMW Preps to Launch First Electric SUV

Production is on track to begin this summer in China

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

MGS Leverages Vertical Integration to Quickly Scale Critical Part Production

Offering deep competencies in complex tooling, molding, and equipment solutions, MGS is playing a critical role in supporting significant increases in demand for test kits and ventilators that are essential to reopening the U.S. economy.

Production

Ford Briefly Stops Production at 2 Plants After Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Safety protocols get early test as industry relaunches U.S. production

Keter Adapts Production to Manufacture Face Shields for Coronavirus Frontline Workers

In the fight against COVID-19, Keter’s AP Medical has developed a comfortable, reusable and durable face shield  that protects the entire face and eyes, 

Injection Molding: RJG Adds Virtual Training, Consultation

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, RJG has launched online interactive training, free live webinars and personalized remote consultation services.

Price of PP First to Plunge; PE, PS, PVC, PET Are Next

Coronavirus fallout: Slowing demand, higher resin inventories, low global material prices, plus labor and transportation challenges.

How the Plastics Industry Continues to Provide Solutions During This Time of Crisis

We are all reading industry news articles, updates, and highlights about how the plastics industry is mobilizing to relieve the burden of COVID-19 on the nation’s healthcare system and fight the spread of the virus. Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) members are making components for critical care machines, disposable medical items, and single-use packaging for treatments and food.

Mazak Helps Kentucky Manufacturer Produce Surface Disinfection System

In response to a neighboring company’s request for a collaboration, Mazak Corporation provided some much-needed materials and production capacity for the development of a new UV-C LED surface disinfection system.

PLASTICS President and CEO Tony Radoszewski Pens Letter to Congress

PLASTICS President and CEO Tony Radoszewski recently wrote a letter to all members of the United States Congress in both the House and Senate underscoring the amazing efforts our industry has undertaken during these unprecedented times.

Sales

Car Sales Crash in Europe

78% drop in April as countries, carmakers post double-digit declines

The State of Florida and Orange County Move into Phase I of Reopening

As the country begins to reopen for business, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress Orlando, our NPE venue—the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)—and the trade show industry have been making over the past couple of weeks.

Production

China’s Carmakers Ease Social Distancing Rules

Masks, temperature checks, disinfection practices continue

Borealis Steps Up in Austrian Face Mask Initiative in the Coronavirus Crisis by Producing Meltblown Fabrics on Unique Pilot Line

Borealis’ new proprietary PP meltblown resin has boosted filtration properties due to its capability for finer fibers.

AMBA Files Comments Against Lifting Chinese Mold Tariffs

The American Mold Builders Association filed formal comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative asking that it not lift Section 301 tariffs related to the COVID-19 pandemic for plastic injection molds imported from China.

3D Printing and Coronavirus: U.S. Additive Manufacturers Share Their Experiences

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought both setbacks and opportunities for American manufacturing. 3D printing companies share their stories.