New and Noteworthy Categories on Thomasnet.com for January 2023

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1. Water Soluble Film

Water soluble film is typically used to make dishwasher or laundry pods containing detergent. This film could perhaps be used in space soon, as Tide has revealed a partnership with NASA that will focus on developing a detergent suitable for outer space conditions. They hope to create and test a formula for space laundering that is fully biodegradable.

Water soluble film

2. Ballistic Goods Recycling Services

Ballistic goods recycling services are used for recycling things like bulletproof vests and body armor. When these goods reach the end of their service life, law enforcement and military organizations must dispose of ballistic materials under National Institute of Justice (NIJ) regulations. Recycling services take vests apart and send them through a shredder to tug the ballistic fibers apart for safe reuse.

Ballistic Goods Recycling Services

3. CNC Plasma Cutting Tables

CNC plasma cutting tables are used to perform CNC plasma cutting, a manufacturing process that can quickly cut metal sheet or tube stock. The CNC cutting machines market is expected to hit USD $6,153.2 Million by 2027. Fast-growing tool manufacturing sectors and Industry 4.0 adoption by heavy industries are driving market growth.

CNC Plasma Cutting Tables

4. Tooling Foam

Tooling foam is often used for prototyping so models can be made quickly and cheaply. Prototyping as a global market is expected to grow from $4.4 billion to nearly $10 billion over the next 10 years, so its components will also be in demand. Molds and tooling should also jump from $5.2 billion in 2020 to $21 billion by 2030.

Tooling Foam

5. Prefinished Metal Forming Services

Forming metal sheets that are already finished is called prefinished metal forming services. Finishing services, such as painting and coating, are typically performed at the end of the manufacturing process. According to a recent Thomas Index Report, finishing services are up 9882.8% month over month in January.

Prefinished Metal Forming Services

6. Sodium Levulinate

Sodium Levulinate is the salt of levulinic acid, used as a skin conditioning agent in beauty products and as a food preservative. Its use may soon rise as December saw a 134% year-over-year boost in food product sourcing on Thomasnet.com amid recent innovations in food agriculture, such as robotic strawberry and apple pickers.

Sodium Levulinate

7. Pad Printing Bottle Printing Services

Pad printing bottle printing services can be used on different types of bottles, from glass to plastic, to create unique labels. Printing for bottle shrink sleeves has increased 30% year over year, while glass bottle prices have also been increasing thanks to growing demand.

Pad Printing Bottle Printing

8. Phthalate-Free Plasticizers  

Phthalate-free plasticizers are a healthier alternative to traditional plasticizers, while still keeping PVC plastics tougher and more elastic. Some examples of phthalate-free plasticizers include DOTP, Hexamoll DINCH, and bio-based plasticizers. In November, demand for plasticizers was up 13,800% month over month, according to the Thomas Index Report.

Phthalate-Free Plasticizers

9. ASTM A500 Steel Tubing 

ASTM A500 steel tubing is a standard specification for cold-formed welded and seamless carbon steel structural tubing in round, square, and rectangular shapes. It may also be going to the moon: steel tubing is what the Tardigrade, the world’s first moon concept motorcycle, is made out of.

ASTM A500 Steel Tubing

10. Paint Dispensing Systems

Paint dispensing systems come in many varieties, including those used for the automotive sector, which continues to lead the way in paint technology. In the case of one type of paint system, Toyota Motor Corporation has developed an airless paint atomizer that uses static electricity instead of air, allowing for over 95% coating efficiency.

Paint Dispensing Systems

11. Wood CNC Milling

Wood CNC milling is just one of many types of CNC machining, all of which require trained workers, many of whom are getting older. The Illinois Institute of Technology plans to launch a new center for advanced manufacturing under a partnership with a German company to help address the current skills gap.

Wood CNC Milling

12. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Resins

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resins come in many forms and are used for common products such as blood bags, windows, and pipes. PVC resin prices dropped in November and December and are expected to continue to drop in January because of factors such as reduced demand and higher inventories across the supply chain.

PVC Resins

13. 1008 Steel 

1008 steel is used for cold working parts in automotive applications, among others. As we head into 2023, we’ve predicted what technology trends will impact the automotive industry. Smart manufacturing, industry cloud platforms, and adaptive AI are all expected to change how cars are manufactured.

1008 Steel

14. Private Label Plant-Based Foods

2019 saw a rise in sourcing activity for private label foods by users of the Thomasnet.com platform, including private label plant-based foods. In food technology, the global smart agriculture market, which includes products like agricultural machinery and chemical sensors, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.8% from 2022 to 2030.

Private Label Plant-Based Foods

15. Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Coating Services

We may see an increase in demand for Electric Vehicle (EV) battery coating services in the next few years, as the Inflation Reduction Act is expected to significantly impact the U.S. EV market. Legislation within this act, designed to accelerate transportation electrification, has considerable implications for the EV industry, driving increased sales and, in turn, the demand for components like batteries.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Coating Services

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