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International Plastics News for Asia - June issue
International Plastics News for Asia - June issue 2020-6
As the world continues to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many of the plastics and rubber industry’s key players are converting their production systems to manufacture medical devices and supplies. One example of this kind of flexibility is presented by injection moulding machine suppliers that have partnered with other producers to turn out critical medical supplies. Process cooling is an important aspect of efficient manufacturing. Intelligent and remote machine control has become an integral part of the whole operation and in this issue, we look at the innovations in this area that will benefit plastics processors during this challenging times. We are privileged to have two experts sharing their views in this issue and I’m sure our readers will find their insights valuable.
  • IMNA June 2020
    IMNA 2020-06
    When the virus pushed South East Asia’s manufacturing chain into pandemonium, enterprises in all sizes struggle to support production capabilities. Bringing production back is a persisting matter, but this pandemic could serve to make it a priority. International Metalworking News for Asia’s June issue features technical boosters in the form of articles poised to enter into an innovation phase that will help develop new approaches to combat the disruptions in manufacturing and business caused by coronavirus. Marketplace has taken on an unprecedented level of significance nowadays due to the coronavirus outbreak that rocked the world. The Company Profile section features, a leading Marketplace for over 19,000 buyers and CNC manufacturers, offering fast, simple and cost-effective solution to ward off the consequences of the coronavirus and other crises. Manufacturers have always used technology not only to further enhance the production process, but to also use it as a bridge to be closer to the customers. Viewpoints highlights an interview with
  • FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - May 2020
    FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2020-05
    Some analysts and companies say that business as usual after COVID-19 won’t mean the same. It's no surprise because facets of life – and priorities – are changing. These are times when resistance to change will be overcome by the necessity to adopt, for survival. And for business to see its recovery now or after the crisis has lost its grip on the world, many changes are to take place on different levels. Companies will be revisiting how they source raw materials ; supply chains will be evaluated; digital solutions and automation will be considered increasingly. Romaco said it carried out a factory acceptance test (FAT) via live stream. And without trade shows this year, companies are reaching out to customers virtually. So, we are seeing how transactions can be done differently. Manufacturers can also learn a thing or two about how to conduct themselves during and after COVID-19, from our interview with Shane Bracken, Regional COO APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa) at Kerry. To know about this, go to page 10. The global crisis has exposed the vulner
  • IMNA2020-04
    International Metalworking News for Asia 2020-04
    The pandemic continues to grow. More than 175 countries and territories have reported cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Governments have launched unprecedented public-health and economic responses. The situation evolves by the day. In this note, International Metalworking News for Asia features some of our latest technical articles, starting with three technologies that will play critical roles in helping to safeguard people and companies as they shift to remote working. While it's difficult to predict what this current situation will mean long term, it will undoubtedly force most manufacturers to seriously rethink their operations. Steve Bell, general manager for ASEAN at Renishaw Singapore, explained the company’s Industry 4.0 concept and its role within the automotive industry in Thailand. Find out more in the Metrology section of this month’s issue. As virus-related recession fears escalate in South East Asia, it is important to stress that while automation is likely to surge in general, not everyone is equally vulnerabl
  • International Plastics News for Asia - April
    International Plastics News for Asia - April 2020-4
    The world is now fighting a pandemic, which threatens to cause severe impact on the economy of many countries and regions. Businesses are affected, industrial production is almost on a standstill – and governments around the world are pouring huge efforts and resources in implementing measures to alleviate the impact of this health crisis. In the midst of all these are the producers of plastics and rubber products who are working round-the-clock to meet demand for protective materials, medical supplies and devices. There are many innovations in the medical field that highlight the use of plastics and rubber, and this issue presents some of them. For instance, the demand for medical tubes has grown and recent concept in IV tube extrusion responds to the complicated requirements. 3D printing, which offers the best option for the medical sector, has also been applied in the production of medical devices. Hence, the development of new compounds suitable for the high-resolution printing of implantable medical devices brings cost-saving benefits and enables mass product
  • FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - March 2020
    FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2020-03
    Companies should be able to shield themselves from what they believe are potential risks to their businesses, and this is all part of risk management. But as it is, a crisis like the COVID-19 epidemic caught the world off guard, as threat of its spread from China toward the West, seemed remote at first. For many global companies, China is a very important trading partner, and along with them we felt the country’s pain throughout this first quarter. As China-based businesses begin to recover, we do so with them. However, the pandemic continues to impact Asia, Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. Lockdowns are limiting the production, supply, and shipment of goods. With an end to this challenge not within sight, it begs the question: how do we continue serving our global clients at the time of COVID-19, and how can we prepare for a similar risk in the future? This is a fitting time for introspection, to test the resilience of our business models, strategies, and how to protect our most valuable asset - our employees. Several trade shows and conferences are
  • IMNA-02-2020
    International Metalworking News for Asia 2020-02
    When the time rolls around to launch our first issue for the year, I wonder what new technology will hit the industrial manufacturing. Metalworking tools facilitate a long list of the everyday manufacturing activities in every factory, so much so that it’s hard to imagine there was a time when we didn’t have them. But they always come around. Because even so fully woven into the structure of every plant that we almost forget it’s there, metalworking tools are an ever more essential and more varied element of industrial manufacturing, particularly for companies pursuing a mission in a faster, more competitive world. Each year, we find new technology success stories to tell, along with fresh challenges to explore. However, the rapidly changing situation around the coronavirus spread is worrying global investors. Strong company culture and a defined sense of brand purpose can be invaluable in helping a brand navigate these types of decisions. Communications tactics should be shaped around the priorities of the business and its stakeholders. But, it’s essential to be
  • International Plastics News for Asia - February
    International Plastics News for Asia - February 2020-2
    In this issue, the second part of the K 2019 post-show report contains some of the most interesting materials and production technologies in the packaging sector – considered one of the most vibrant industries where plastics play a key role. Companies interviewed provided a glimpse of how their innovations have been making a big impact on tomorrow’s packaging. An interesting aspect of this K 2019 special coverage is how companies are overcoming the barriers to enable the production of packaging materials that are recyclable, in support of the industry’s efforts towards a circular economy. As Industry 4.0 remains a hot topic in the plastics industry, an expert in this area provides an overview on how Asian companies can move further and embrace new technologies and processes becomes to transform into a smart manufacturing operation. High performance materials continue to bring new dimensions in the automotive sector, and in this issue, we cover one of the recent concepts in vehicle interior and exterior that aim to create a new travel experience.
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