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Industry consultant predicts 31% drop in North American tooling spend in 2020

Harbour Results says that the 2020 automotive vendor tooling spend in North America will be $6.4 billion, which is $.4 billion less than originally forecasted in 2019.

Feds invest $1.2 million for polymer/wood-fibre material for automotive applications

Toronto-based material supplier GreenNano Technologies is receiving the funding to scale up production of a new lightweight wood-fibre–based composite material to create automotive parts.

Materials distributor Barentz acquires specialty chemical supplier Maroon Group

The deal will expand Netherlands-based Barentz's footprint in North America.

Braskem partners to remove household plastic waste from landfill in Greater São Paulo

Braskem and environmental engineering firm Tecipar plan to recover about 2,000 tons of plastic waste annually from Santana do Parnaíba, a city in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil. » Read more

Spartech promotes John Inks to CEO

Inks has been with the St. Louis, Mo.-based company for 13 years, most recently serving as chief commercial officer. » Read more
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Researchers developing fully 3D-printed polymer spacesuits for Mars and beyond

A team from the University of North Dakota is using a $750,000 grant from NASA to develop the new flexible plastic spacesuits. » Read More
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Multicolour 3D-printing technique can be used for optical devices

Developed by researchers in Japan, the printing method can be used for developing optical, soft-robot, or medical components. » Read More