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Just as eco-friendliness was a major theme in materials news at the big show in April, so it was with additives.
Bioplastics take center stage.
Wood-plastic composites, or WPCs, are already a 1.3-billion-lb market and are growing at 20% annually.
Several new developments in additives and polymers were unveiled at SPE's Polyolefins 2000 RETEC conference, held in Houston last month.
This small but fast-growing processing sector scored most of the prizes for innovative parts, and also accounted for much of the news in equipment and materials.