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Hexcel, HP Composites Deliver Supercar Body Panels

Hexcel has collaborated with HP Composites, a world leader in the production of carbon-fiber components for automotive and motorsports, to develop carbon-fiber Class A body panels. Hexcel HexPly XF surfacing technology is being extensively used by the Italian component producer to manufacture external body panels and other components for supercars such as Alfa Romeo’s stunning new super sport sedans, the Giulia GTA and GTAm. With five production plants in Italy,…

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Sustainability of New Black+Decker Tools Powered by Eastman

Stanley Black & Decker plans to launch a line of power tools made with 50% certified recycled plastic early next year. Specialty materials provider Eastman supplies the recycled Tritan Renew copolyester used to make the tool enclosures. The new reviva line of power tools, which Eastman and Stanley Black & Decker collaboratively engineered, will be the first Black+Decker products to incorporate this copolyester. Ten reviva products will launch in 2022,…

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When Your Employees Need a Loan

I love small-dollar loans. I think they are one of the best supports to help stabilize employees. These employee loans are usually given through a bank or credit union. It is the responsibility of the business and human resource department to set up a payroll deduction for the loan with the financial institution. The loan, in a fixed amount of usually $750–1,000, is usually paid off in one year with…

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MD&M Minneapolis Announces Speakers and Keynotes

Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M), part of Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis on November 3-4, has announced speakers for its four-track medical conference as well as three expo floor theaters. Medical device focused conferences will explore the latest in regulations and research and development; medical device design and manufacturing; medtech security, UI/UX, and digital transformations; and innovation in medical design and engineering. MD&M Minneapolis will be co-located with Design & Manufacturing (D&M), Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Plastec, and MinnPack. “This year’s education lineup is remarkable, with visionaries…

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Talent Talk: Some Good News from Gen Z

This blog has been the bearer of some bad news for the plastics industry lately, as we have discussed things like salary inflation, the low labor participation rate, and the great resignation. But there is also some good news emerging from the post-pandemic recovery: Generation Z has a more positive view of the manufacturing sector than it did two years ago. An enterprise, cloud-based software company, Parsable, recently conducted a…

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