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Pioneer of PEEK Victrex (U.S. office in West Conshohocken, Penn.), has been developing materials for different additive manufacturing (AM) processes. The company leads a consortium of companies and institutions and was awarded funding from the U.K.’s agency for innovation, Innovate UK, in 2016 to carry out intensive pioneering R&D to advance AM technologies. The other members include Airbus Group Innovations, EOS, University of Exeter Center for Additive Layer Manufacturing, E3D-Online, HiETA Technologies, South West Metal Finishing, and 3T-RPD.

One key focus, in particular, is high-temperature, affordable polymer composites for AM aerospace applications. Victrex will present detailed technical results of its developmental PAEK materials at the bi-annual Additive Manufacturing conference of the University of Exeter Center for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), in September 2018.

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As I have in the past five years, I’m looking forward to attending and reporting on the upcoming 6th Annual Global Plastics Summit (GPS) 2018, October 30 – November 1, in Chicago.  Among key topics of discussion will be the issue of plastics and sustainability.

Experts from IHS Markit and the Plastics Industry Association will discuss the latest market outlooks from key industry sectors, with senior business leaders sharing their companies’ strategies for success and innovators presenting the latest in plastics technologies.

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As we entered August, pricing was a mixed bag for the key five commodity volume thermoplastics: Three of them are trending flat-to-down due to a combination of lower feedstock prices, softer domestic and global demand, and generally improved supply/demand balance. The other two are trending upwards due to pressure from feedstock prices and resin supply tightness. The uncertainty of tariff activity and what this hurricane season may hold are two factors impinging on whether these pricing trends alter their trajectory.

Here is a rundown on each according to purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi); CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange; and PetroChemWire (PCW).

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The third edition of “The Global Market for PP Compounds,” from U.K-based AMI Consulting sees strong growth for PP compounds, driven by engineering developments in automotive and electrical appliances.

According to the July 2018 study, the automotive industry is aiming to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency as well as wrestling with how to adapt to a market that is experiencing exceptionally fast growth in hybrid and electrical vehicles. The study also attributes the considerable growth in demand for PP compounds to improved properties, which have enabled them to displace metal in semi-structural applications like instrument panel carriers, door panels and front-ends.

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The clock is ticking on the “early-bird” discount and hotel rooms are filling up fast, but there is still time to register for Plastics Technology’s first-of-its-kind extrusion conference. The entire agenda has been finalized, and you can find it and all other relevant details about the event by clicking on Extrusion 2018 Conference.

It’s going to be held Sept. 18-20 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. It’s our first Extrusion Conference in Cleveland, following three successful events in Charlotte.

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