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Extrusion 2016 brought a wide variety of speakers all focused on ways to advance the extrusion industry. Check out the video below where several speakers from Extrusion 2016 give a run down of their presentations:

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Last month, I blogged about strides being made in the development of novel biodegradable plastics, including one derived from the organic compound chitin extracted from shrimp shells and one based on the cassava root—both of which are targeted to the production of shopping bags, food packaging and other flexible film applications. 

Strides are also being made in the development of renewably-sourced, tougher engineered bioplastics, and there’s a lot of attention on terpenes—a group of compounds synthetized in plants, particularly in coniferous trees such as pines.

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Here’s a sampling of some of the 65 technical presentations over two and a half days. You will see that they address process monitoring control in the machine, the mold, LSR metering, and in upstream auxiliaries such as dryers:

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Spot polymer grade propylene (PGP) prices have been jumping up daily since the start of the year—about 35% initially and climbing to over 50%—while January propylene contracts have yet to be settled.

This propylene price escalation is driven by tight supply—primarily a combination of throttled back production at end of 2016 and ongoing unplanned outages. To what degree and for how long they will affect PP prices is not entirely clear.

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This April in Charlotte at the Molding 2017 Conference and Exhibit, thought leaders from across the injection molding supply chain will offer up practical examples of the tangible impact Industry 4.0 is already having on the industry, as well as predictions about where it’s headed.

Speakers from suppliers of injection molding machines, auxiliaries, sensors, molds, software and even training, as well as injection molders themselves, will let attendees see the latest smart equipment and what’s going on within today’s smart factories.

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