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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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Solving the global plastic waste issue is a hugely daunting task. However, for Dow Chemical, it’s all about working with one community at a time. The company has launched a key initiative that can make sustainable innovation economically viable—and beneficial—for companies and communities worldwide.

In 2016, the Colombian government identified a country-wide deficit of 30,000 schools, which was disproportionately impacting students in poor, rural or isolated areas. At the same time, the country was grappling with how to address the 12 million tons of waste it produces annually, only 17 percent of which is recycled. 

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My colleagues and I have been steadily reporting on the issue of sustainability and efforts underway toward a circular economy industry wide, including materials and additives suppliers who aim to integrate recycled content and/or biobased materials to their virgin resin portfolios. These come along with advances in mechanical and chemical recycling.

We recently came across a nicely prepared article written by Bishop Beall, v.p. of sales & business development at Chroma Color Corp., addressing four packaging trends very much worth considering for 2020 and beyond.

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