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Extrusion 2019 Conference: Still Time to  Register, Save...and Learn

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.

If you register before August 16 you can take advantage of the early-bird discount and save $150 off the full conference registration fee. Click here for registration and pricing information.

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As is the case with other materials and additives suppliers on which I report on in a K 2019 preview article in our upcoming September issue, Clariant is sharing its views on some of the issues facing the plastics industry as it embraces the ‘Circular Economy.’

Philippe Lazerme, one of Clariant’s top pigment experts and head of marketing segment plastics at business unit pigment, sums up color’s compatibility with the plastics circular economy. He considers the challenges of designing for recycling and the specific issues of colorant choice for mechanical, chemical and organic recycling technologies. With a focus on packaging, he touches on some of Clariant’s latest products and collaborations advancing the shift.

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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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