Study Analyzes Full Spectrum of Plastics Additives

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 30. March 2016

Comprehensive report looks at factors ranging from demand to supply and pricing of raw materials, as well as environmental and regulatory issues.


The global plastics additives market is projected to grow from nearly $50.6 billion in 2016 to $64.6 billion by 2021, according to a comprehensive study by Dublin-based Research and Markets (U.S. office in NYC). Global Markets for Plastics Additives-2016 Market Report identifies and measure the market opportunities for the full range of plastics additives. These include:


• Plasticizers

• Flame Retardants

• Heat Stabilizers

• Fillers

• Impact Modifiers

• Antioxidants

• Colorants

• Lubricants

• Light Stabilizers

• Blowing Agents

• Biocides

• Antistatic Agents

• Bioadditives

• Miscellaneous Additives


The global additives market is broken down and measured by various parameters, and future growth is forecast by both the overall markets and every possible market segment. Regional markets are also measured and examined in detail. This report provides a detailed study of the applications and global and regional markets for all types of plastics additives as well as the plastics additive industry. Key applications include: automotive, other transportation, packaging, building and construction, electrical and electronics, appliances, medical, and, miscellaneous.


The researchers took an in-depth look at the consolidation and globalization of the plastics processing industry, which can aid additive manufacturers and suppliers to establish themselves in all major regions.  Also included are:


• Evaluation of the market’s dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.


• Information on the supply and pricing of raw materials as well as information concerning the basic feedstock of various plastics additives.


• Information about the environmental and regulatory aspects of different types of plastics additives.


• A look at the effects of various factors on the supply chain, value and demand for plastics additives.


• Profiles of nearly 70 major players in the industry.


Search for nearly 40,000 additives on the Universal Selector by clicking here

First Application of Photochromic Ink on a Flexible Package Recognized with Award

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 30. March 2016

Printpack awarded for its technical innovation by the leading flexible packaging industry association.


Last year, one of the leading manufacturers of flexible and specialty rigid packaging unveiled its proprietary process that allows for photochromic ink to be hidden within standard graphics and remain invisible until exposed to sunlight. This month, Atlanta-based Printpack was awarded by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) with the Silver Achievement Award for Technical Innovations. This in recognition of the company’s work to solve a challenge that has tested the industry for years—applying photochromic ink to a flexible film.


The first-of-its-kind application, showcased late last year at Pack Expo in Las Vegas (read more here), has generated a new packaging category, providing brand owners with a unique way to genuinely interact and engage with their customer base.  Printpack has noted that interactive packaging is proven to capture consumer attention and encourage engagement with the brand in a meaningful way. As director of technology Mark Brogan put it, “This type of packaging application can truly set a brand apart by adding depth to the consumer experience. It can make all the difference when it comes to purchasing decisions.”


For years, the application of photochromic ink for the flexible packaging industry has been a challenge, particularly in high-speed production environments. The R&D team at Printpack came up with a novel process to apply the ink while still upholding the integrity of the packaging design and graphics to the highest standard.


The FPA has awarded companies that foster innovation and drive the advancement of the flexible packaging industry since 1956, the same year Printpack was founded. Winners of the 60th Annual FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards were announced March 1st at an awards ceremony in Naples, Fla.

RadiciGroup “Snags” Stadium Seats at Rio 2016 Olympics

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 30. March 2016

Radiflam nylon 6 once again to play role in Brazil’s stadium seating.


Italy’s RadiciGroup (U.S. office in Wadsworth, Ohio) was for the second time chosen as a key materials supplier for stadium seating for a prestigious sports event taking place in Brazil—this time for the Rio 2016 Olympic games, August 5-21.


The company supplied its halogen-free flame retardant, 30% glass-reinforced nylon 6 Radiflam S RV300UKHF 3010 BK, for the seats of eight of the major Brazilian stadiums that hosted the 2014 Football World Championships. This year, the company’s material was reconfirmed by Brazil for the seating at five of the venues of the upcoming Olympic games. The Radiflam S specialty resins are being used to manufacture the stadium seats and many of their components and accessories such as armrests, bolts and supports.


The specialty Radiflam S grade reportedly ensures that the final plastic parts feature maximum performance in terms of mechanical resistance, flame-retardancy, aesthetic appearance, and resistance to prolonged exposure to UV radiation and aggressive weathering. All this, while complying with the Olympic Committees’ stringent regulations on the safety of the sports facilities and the construction sector’s specific technical regulations, according to Jane Campos, CEO of Radici Plastics Ltda.—the company’s nearly 20-year-old Brazilian production site for its engineering resins, including nylon, PBT, TPE and polyacetal.


“We were the first in Brazil to supply nylon engineering plastics approved for use in the manufacture of stadium seat parts. The fact that Radiflam is going to be at the Rio games makes us really proud. During our almost twenty years of activity on the Brazilian market, we have always strived to provide our customers with technological innovation, quality, safety and the highest degree of customization. This is the kind of work we continue to do, thanks to our R&D facilities and our on-site technical support for customer development projects created here in South America, as well as the contribution of our knowledge acquired in Europe and North America.”


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SMC Compounder & Compression Molder Establishes New Non-Woven Business

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 28. March 2016

R3 Composites’ new subsidiary to supply industry with high-quality and innovative non-wovens technology.


Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC is the new wholly-owned and very interesting subsidiary of R3 Composites, Inc., Grabill, Ind., a custom compression molder and compounder of sheet-molding compound (SMC). To be headquartered in nearby Fremont, Ind., where significant renovations to an existing plant are nearly complete, Carver Non-Woven Technologies will supply high-quality, multi-material non-woven products to both R3 and the broader North American composites industry. Commercial sale of these products is slated to start this July.


Carver will target thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications in automotive, recreational vehicles, office furniture, and building construction markets. Unlike other non-woven suppliers, Carver has fully automated its entire production line—from initial debaling, fiber opening, blending, and carding, all the way through to finished packaging


Moreover, Carver will offer a broad combination of single-fiber and hybrid (multi-fiber) mats including E-glass fiberglass, bast-type natural fibers (primarily jute), carbon fiber, and several types of polymer fibers (e.g., nylon and polyester) plus highly homogeneous resonated acrylic/latex binder-resin blends. The company also reportedly aims to be first to bring carbon fiber non-wovens to market at lower costs than conventional wrap-and-resonate processes.


Carver plans to offer these cutting-edge non-woven reinforcements for a broad range of thermoset and thermoplastics composites due to its ability to create sheetstock with low-variance weight (density) with superior dimensional stability and mechanical properties.


With a focus on being able to meet the demanding performance requirements of the targeted markets, Mark Glidden, president of R3 Composites and Carver Non-Woven, noted, “From the start, we strategically positioned Carver’s focus on design and technology in order to significantly raise the bar on non-woven product quality…We knew it would be critical to maintain tight tolerances on fiber blending, coarse and fine fiber opening, product weight distribution, and line versatility. These are the key metrics that we kept in mind when custom designing our processes and equipment… All told, we’ve made a very significant investment in the new company, but this assures complete control, consistency, and quality in our finished goods. With everything that Carver makes, product quality is our first and foremost goal.”


Understanding that quality also meant integration with the whole non-wovens supply chain. The Carver team addressed this key aspect of their quality program with hands-on involvement in fiber quality and specifications prior to purchases—especially in the area of natural fibers. The company has carefully partnered with suppliers in Southeast Asia to bring together the first comprehensive supply-chain management program for bast fiber non-wovens, including full quality testing of products prior to shipment to the Freemont plant. Starting at farms and distribution points throughout India and Bangladesh, the University of Calcutta is providing inspection and lot testing. Since jute fibers have a single harvest per year and since shipping to the U.S. Midwest takes 6-8 weeks, supply-chain management is really important to assure higher quality, longer fibers with good and consistent strength values are received.


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A Benchmark for Plastics Processors

By: Tony Deligio 25. March 2016

benchmark noun: a standard by which something can be measured or judged.


The term benchmark originally entered the English lexicon as a description of the reference point surveyors would use as a level surface—“bench”—from which they’d insert an angle iron that would subsequently support a leveling rod. From this accepted standard, subsequent measurements could be made with greater confidence.


Benchmarks and benchmarking have of course taken on significance beyond surveying, with frequent adoption in manufacturing. Last year, Plastics Technology bid to create its own “level bench”, or reference point, for plastics processors with the launch of the World-Class Processor survey (learn more here).   


After a tremendously successful inaugural survey, with participation from across the technology, end market and geographic spectrum, Plastics Technology is once again undertaking the World-Class Processor survey, and you can participate here. Completely anonymous, the survey can provide your shop that benchmark against which you can measure your own operations.


All shops track their internal performance; successful operations consider that performance within the context of the broader industry. Take the survey today and see how you stack up.

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