February 2014: As an emerging economy, Vietnam has been attracting foreign investments because of a host of several factors that makes it conducive to manufacturing companies. In this issue, we featured a company in Vietnam that has been producing and exporting plastic products. It cites the benefits of doing business in the country and how local companies have started to become competitive in the global market. With lightweighting as a target, the aerospace industry has been making strides in using high performance plastics as materials for various parts and components of new aircraft models.
December 2013: Outlook 2014, which gathers the insights of industry experts on the industry trends and developments, is a major undertaking for Ringier Trade Media’s editorial team. It has always been a special issue because we get to talk to those who are directly involved in the industry and in the process, we obtain valuable information on what to expect in the coming year. Most of the interviews for this report were done at K 2013 where companies also launched new products. It’s perfect timing for us. Speaking of K, the 2013 edition has exceeded the expectations of exhibitors and visitors alike.
October 2013: This issue features a Special Supplement on K 2013, the world’s biggest trade exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry. With over 3,000 exhibitors, this event remains the best platform to introduce to the world the latest products and technologies. For professionals, the event is packed with valuable information. Asian companies have grown in number as the region continues to prove its worth in the global market. The Special Supplement provides the show's highlights and a glimpse of the products on exhibit. Ringier’s Plastics and Rubber vertical also features a special section on K 2013 where we bring you the latest industry and product news.
August 2013: In this issue we have post-show reports on three major trade exhibitions in Asia – Chinaplas, InterPlas Thailand and JEC Asia. Over the years, these shows have grown – in size and scope – that a large number of visitors now include these shows in their planning. The success of every edition of these shows reflects the highly dynamic Asian region’s plastics and rubber industry which international companies continue to explore. Several reports in this issue touched on automation and how important it is in ensuring uninterrupted and cost-efficient operations. In the injection moulding process, the use of robots has significantly reduced cost and enhanced quality.