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Growth of Antimicrobial Plastics

According to a recently released report from MarketsandMarkets.com, the global antimicrobial plastics market is projected to reach approximately US$3.6 billion by 2020 and register a CAGR of 10% between 2015 and 2020 in terms of value. Antimicrobial plastics are those resins that are infused with antimicrobial agents to reduce or mitigate the growth of micro-organisms such as algae, bacteria, and fungi on plastic products, particularly those used in public settings such as hospitals, restrooms, and other places where germs are of concern.The U.S. is currently the largest antimicrobial plastics

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3D Printing With Pellets

The next evolution in 3D printing (aka Additive Manufacturing) technology is printing with plastic pellets. Typically, 3D printers have used filament created by melting the plastic pellets, then extruding the filament onto a spool. The spool is loaded into the 3D printer where it lays down the filament in layers into the proscribed shape.Last fall a new printer was announced called the Sculptify David. This printer removes the step of melting the plastic pellets and extruding filament and just uses the typical plastics technology of melting the pellets. David uses open source software and fuse

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Plastics Additive Market

The global plastics additive market is expected to see good growth over the next five years, according to two market research reports that have been released. Plastics additives are the substances that are added in various polymers during processing to help improve the properties and characteristics of the polymers such as strength, texture, durability, heat sensitivity, UV and chemical resistance.According to Allied Market Research, the global plastic additives market was valued at $41.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to generate revenue of $57.8 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 4.9% during 2013

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Attend the 2nd Annual Additive Manufacturing for Government Conference with Plastics Color

Being at the cutting-edge of technology and innovation is important to Plastics Color as they continue to develop solutions for their customers. Critical to this innovation involves the need to stay in tune with the industry trends, new technologies, and advances in science. December 8-10, 2014 Plastics Color will attend the 2nd Annual Additive Manufacturing for Government in Washington, D.C. This summit is an opportunity to continue to engage the industry, OEMs, government agencies, contractors, etc. One of the key themes this year is ‘Redefining Additive Manufacturing for Land, Sea, and

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Survey Looks At Future of Packaging

A survey sponsored by Packaging World, which partnered with DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, sought to identify trends in the packaging industry in 2022. Responses reflected the insights of nearly 500 industry professionals, predominantly in Europe and North America, working for consumer goods manufacturers and converters in marketing and packaging development roles, with food, beverage and healthcare ranking the highest. A key finding revealed that the industry is “poised on the brink of change.” Top concerns ranked in order of importance were cost, food safety/security, and

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Plastics Color Corporation Featuring Additives Line at Pack Expo 2014

PCC has long been known as one of the best in the polymer industry when it comes to colorants, but did you know they are also one of the top additive masterbatch producers? Whether you are looking for a flame retardant, a security taggant, an antimicrobial additive, a UV package, or other additive masterbatches, PCC is the company to talk to at Pack Expo. PCC will be featuring industry leading products such as FlamaSol®, our line of flame retardants. In the polymer industry, flame retardants are one of the most sought after additives. One-size-fits-all products may not work for your app

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Don’t Miss North America’s Largest Packaging Show!

One of the largest packaging shows in the world and the biggest in North America – Pack Expo – will be held Nov. 2-5 in Chicago, at McCormick Place. You don’t want to miss this great event! Everyone who is anyone in the packaging industry will be at Pack Expo 2014, including hundreds of brand owners (Kraft, P&G, Nestle, and other big-name brands in food, cosmetics, consumer products, and more). For the plastics industry, this is a huge opportunity to showcase the important role of plastics in innovative packaging. This year’s show is collocated with Pharma Expo, attracting medic

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See Our Exciting New Packaging Products at Pack Expo 2014!

If you’re wondering if Pack Expo next month is really worth your time and money, just see if your competitors are attending. Will they learn something that gives them the edge over you in the marketplace? PACK EXPO International is the most efficient way to meet all of the processing and packaging industry leaders and decision makers. You will be able to talk to thousands of exhibitors, see what your customers are looking for, what new products your suppliers have to offer, preview new machinery and much more. Pack Expo is known as the best source for learning about the new technologies eme

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Opportunities Grow in Continuous Fiber

The global continuous fiber thermoplastics (CFT) market is expected to reach an estimated $216.7 million by 2019, according to a new report from Research and Markets [Growth Opportunities in Continuous Fiber Thermoplastics Market 2014-2019]. CFT materials are used in a variety of markets such as aerospace, transportation, sporting goods, industrial goods, and ballistics which have been the market drivers in recent years, helping to gain widespread acceptance in the marketplace across all regions. On the basis of its comprehensive research, the report projects that the majority of the mar

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Grass is Greener if it’s Plastic

It’s the good ol’ summertime and you know what that means: lawn mowing time for all of you who live in the “green” parts of the U.S. Some of you may love mowing grass. However for those of you who find mowing a chore and not a fun way to spend your weekends, there’s EasyTurf synthetic (i.e. plastic) grass. EasyTurf uses a proprietary 100% permeable artificial grass surface backing, MaxxFlow, for great drainage – just in case it does rain. The grass blades are made from polyethylene or polypropylene fiber, or ‘yarn’, which the company says is superior in quality to other type

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IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

IBM Researchers recently discovered a new class of polymer materials that offer the potential to transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics. This material is a thermoset, which means it is very stable in terms of both temperature and mechanical properties, and typically can’t be recycled because once it has been molded it is not reversible. Using a unique approach of combining high performance computing with synthetic polymer chemistry, these new materials are the first to demonstrate resistance to cracking, strength higher than

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Report Shows Carbon Footprint for Plastics Lower Than Other Packaging

A new study conducted by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, looks at the carbon footprint impact of plastic packaging vs. alternative packaging materials. What they found will most likely be no surprise to those in the plastics industry: six major categories of plastic packaging help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions when compared with alternative packaging materials such as glass and paperboard. These six categories are caps & closures, beverage containers, stretch and shrink film, carrier

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Higher is the Key Word

U.S. plastics processors are raising the bar with higher productivity, higher profits and higher utilization. That's the word from the 2013 North American Plastics Industry Study from Plante & Moran’s Plastics Industry Team, comprised of Leader Jeff Mengel and Co-leader Ted Morgan, who surveyed 84 companies with 131 facilities and $3 billion in sales. Labor productivity, as measured by value-add (sales less material and outside processing), divided by total full-time equivalents significantly jumped in 2012, as “companies were forced to figure out how to do more with less.” That s

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Call for No Trade Barriers

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Chief Economist Joe Pickard testified on May 14 before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) at a hearing to examine the economic impacts of barriers to the free trade of environmental goods. Given the critical role the recycling industry plays in global trade and the environment, Pickard called for the ITC to include all scrap commodities and equipment in its classification of environmental goods. He also testified that eliminating tariff barriers would benefit the industry, our balance of trade and the environment. In 2013, the Un

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