Nice story, Beth. I'm seeing more and more instances of collaboration on design and development, particularly in automotive and aerospace. I wonder whether it's a matter of reducing risk or simply that collaborative tools make it possible.
I think the tools definitely make it possible, Rob, but I also think the realities of today's global marketplace institute the need for collaboration. It's rare today, no matter what industry, but particularly in aerospace and automotive, that companies are all co-located in a single site. Rather, it's far more common for different design disciplines and even engineers in the same discipline to be dispersed in sites around the globe. Couple that with outsourced design services and customers who are more actively partners in the design and you just can't avoid collaboration. It's definitely a challenge, however.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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