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From the latest in thermally conductive plastics to the circular economy as a key theme at this October’s K show, our readers took interest in a diverse range of articles in July. Some of these articles appeared in the July issue of Plastics Technology magazine, while others were online exclusive.

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The plastic packaging market is at an interesting crossroads. Some of the aspects that help to grow the industry (light containers and convenience design) are now taking a hit due to the increasing issue of global plastic waste. 

But for Graham Packaging, a designer and manufacturer of customized blow-molded plastic containers for a variety of branded markets, this spotlight on plastic packaging provides a chance to bring new innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to the markets.

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Third quarter for the top five commodity thermoplastics has the potential to be characterized by softer prices all around barring any major production disruptions or a spike up in crude oil prices. Among the major drivers, depending on the resin, are supplies that outstrip demand, lower feedstock costs, and lower global resin prices. Even in the case of PS and PVC, where prices appear be moving up in the short term, the trajectory is definitely more on the downslide.

Here’s a look at how some of our industry resin pricing experts view things for each of these volume resins including, purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire (PCW); and CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

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The Extrusion 2019 Conference: Come to Learn About Blown, Cast Film

In my previous blogs I explained why more and more processors have registered to attend the Plastics Technology Extrusion Conference since the event was launched in 2015: To Learn. In my most recent blog I focused specifically on the topics that will be discussed in our sessions on General Extrusion. Now I’d like to take a deeper dive into the afternoon breakout sessions and what you will learn there, starting with Film Extrusion.

The Extrusion 2019 Conference will take place Sept. 17-19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. It is the only conference of its type: sessions devoted to general extrusion—issues that pertain to all extrusion processors regardless of what comes out of their die—coupled with breakout sessions on specific kinds of extrusion: Film, Sheet, Pipe/Profile/Tubing and Compounding.

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Additive manufacturing makes the headlines quite often and if you’re looking to learn more about how this exciting technology is advancing plastics manufacturing, add the Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo (AMC) 2019 to your must-attend list. Presented by our sister publication, Additive Manufacturingthe conference and expo takes place August 27-29 in Austin, TX. This three-day event will offer attendees unique ways to connect with leading suppliers, end-users and researchers of industrial applications for additive manufacturing technologies.

Also, the event will both open and close with tours of the headquarters for EOS North America and Essentium.

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