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Plastics Today, September 2015

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Contents 6 Global PlastiCs RePoRt 2015 PlastiCstoday.Com 26 30 22 14 18 sePtembeR 2015 4 editoR's letteR 10 bReakthRouGhs The plastics industry has seen several exciting innovations so far this year. Here, we provide a snapshot of the some of the latest and greatest technologies. 14 mexiCo's manufaCtuRinG boom luRes u.s. moldeRs A shortage of quality molders south of the border and OEM demand for a regionalized supply base are creating tremendous opportunities for plastics processors. But making the move is not without risk. 18 industRy 4.0: smaRteninG uP the faCtoRy of the futuRe Ubiquitous sensor technology, cyber-physical systems and human- machine interfaces are ushering in the fourth industrial revolution. 22 Rise of the Robots: China automates to maintain its Global ComPetitiveness In 2014, China surpassed Japan to become the world's largest market for industrial robots. 26 makinG it in mediCal moldinG Outsourcing to the medical technology industry is growing at double digits. That's good news for contract molders . . . if they can meet the rigorous demands of OEMs. 30 PostConsumeR ReCyClinG: it takes a villaGe Postconsumer recycling may be the savior for the plastic pollution crisis, but it doesn't come without its challenges.

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