Coronavirus Coverage

Tax Relief to Help Manage the Impact of COVID-19

U.S. Congress and Treasury have provided relief to mold shops since the beginning of the coronavirus via accelerated deductions, new tax credits, guidance around these benefits and extensions on the time to file and pay taxes. 

How to Learn Mold Design Virtually

Plastics Engineering program instructors share their strategies for successful virtual learning for hands-on injection mold design.

How Do We Reconnect?

As one industry tradeshow after another is stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic, what other ways of networking can coaters, finishers and suppliers embrace?

Digital Manufacturing Network Offers ‘Radical Transparency’ Over Multiple Processes, Providers & Continents

Fictiv now offers complete visibility of complete value chain from design upload to production, quality, shipping and pricing for metal and plastic prototypes and production parts from a “Digital Ecosystem” of 250+ partners in the U.S. and Asia.

Reports from PLASTICS, VDMA and Haitian Show Mixed Machinery Results

Second quarter North America sales grow, while over the first half of 2020, domestic sales were flat for Haitian in China, as German machinery makers saw sales fall 20% over same time.

Sales Sag in Europe, Even with Incentives

Consumers remain skittish about COVID-19 flareups

Melt Pumps Play Key Role in Nonwovens Production

Processors producing melt-blown nonwovens for face masks are finding that pumps provide needed precision and efficiency in the extrusion process.

August Business Index Breaks Through into Expansionary Territory

Excluding the impact of supplier deliveries, the Gardner Business Index would have registered 49.2 as opposed to an expansionary 50.7 reading.  Expanding new orders and production activity in August is highly encouraging because these measures have historically acted as a bellwether for the overall index. 

MMT Chat: Virtual R&D and Teaching Plastic Injection Mold Design

New Editorial Advisory Board member Davide Masato, an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, joined me for a 20-minute video chat about the importance of plastics engineering, and how COVID-19 changed the faculty's approach to teaching mold engineering and plastics research.

Haviland Combats Hand Sanitizer Shortage

Haviland Products Company retooled its Kalamazoo manufacturing location to produce hand sanitizer for non-profits in need. It has since expanded its disinfectant line and found it a significant growth segment.

Eaton Accelerates Use of Industry 4.0 Tech in Wake of COVID-19

Making the most of emerging manufacturing technologies to improve efficiencies during the pandemic

Toyota Mobility JV Develops First Models

Adapted vans include reconfigurable workstation and anti-COVID package

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