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Packaging

Additives: Additive and White Masterbatch Portfolio for BOPE Films

Ampacet’s Biox4ce additive masterbatches for biaxially-oriented polyethylene (BOPE) film applications support the circular economy.
#economics #polyolefins

Thermoforming

Processing Index Contracts as Coronavirus Disrupts Economy

COVID-19 results in weaker new orders, production dips and a disrupted supply chain in March. But for how long?
#economics

Post-Industrial Recycling

Waste Solutions Provider Brightmark Announces New Growth Plan

Over the past two years, Brightmark has more than tripled the size of its staff, garnered  $150 million in equity investments in its projects, and acquired proprietary technology that aims to create a circular economy for post-use plastics. 
#economics

Compounding

Expanding Production Bumps Index Above 50

Index expands for first time since June 2019. 
#economics

Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing Helps Close the Loop for Armor’s Circular Economy

Manufacturing 3D printing filament was first a way for Armor to recycle its own reclaimed plastic waste. But now, this business unit is helping to close the loop on sustainability for plastic 3D printed products.
#economics #closeupontechnology #sustainability

COVID-19, the Fed Funds Rate and the U.S. Plastics Industry

Is the economy experiencing a financial meltdown necessitating drastic action from the Fed? The answer is a resounding no – the U.S. is not in a financial crisis.
#economics

Extrusion

Index Inching Close to 50

January reading of 48.6 sends early signals of business-cycle phase change.
#economics

Injection Molding

Contraction Slows Among Processors

Improvement in fourth-quarter new orders suggest a production boost may be in the offing.
#economics

Drying

K 2019 Report: Auxiliaries Stake Their Claim in the Circular Economy

The theme of sustainable plastics pervaded the exhibits at K 2019,  even those of auxiliary equipment suppliers, where everything from dryers to blenders to hopper loaders was reimagined as part of a circular plastics process.
#kshow #economics

Packaging

'Circular Economy' Dominates Discussion of Resins, Additives at K 2019

New product launches from materials suppliers at the giant show shine light on sustainability. 
#polystyrene #pet #sustainability

Electronics

Reflection is Key to PolyOne's Color Inspiration 2021+ Color Trends Forecast

Four dynamic color palettes forecasted by PolyOne, each tied to ‘reflection’ on our lifestyle, environment and choices.
#color #economics

Automation

Hahn Automation Expands Management Team

German manufacturer of assembly and testing automation equipment has expanded its management team to include a chief operations officer (COO) and chief revenue officer (CRO).
#economics

Post-Consumer Recycling

Consumer Goods Company RB, TerraCycle Talk Plastics Recycling Initiatives

TerraCycle and RB, maker of consumer brands including Mucinex and Enfamil, discuss ways the companies are working toward a circular economy. 
#economics

Index Dips as New Orders, Production Slow

November’s dip continues a three-month contraction in business activity.
#economics

Post-Consumer Recycling

Recycling & Scrap Reclaim: Machinery Technology Advances as 'Circular Economy' Takes Hold

The circular economy and recycling were the top themes at K 2019, and machine builders responded with new systems to improve equipment performance and material quality.
#kshow #sustainability #economics

Post-Consumer Recycling

New Cross-Industry Consortium to Focus on Chemical Recycling

New cross-industry consortium to make enhanced recycling of polyester plastics a commercial reality, contributing to the development of a global circular economy for plastics.
#economics

Injection Molding

Index Dips on Weak Exports, Employment

October’s number drops from September, despite expansion in new orders.
#economics

Additive Manufacturing

HP: Digitally Manufacturing a More Sustainable Future

Camille Caron of HP writes about driving a more sustainable industrial revolution and also promoting a more circular economy as we look ahead to 2020 and beyond. 
#economics

Post-Consumer Recycling

The Recycling Partnership Calls for $500M to Transform U.S. Recycling System

The report calls for $500 million in funding by 2025 and is inspired and endorsed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) New Plastics Economy initiative.
#economics

Packaging

Recyclable All-PE Pouches: Sustainable Opportunity for Film Extruders

Sustainability and the Circular Economy are both a challenge and an opportunity to flexible packaging producers. Recyclable pouches based on all-PE multilayer structures, utilizing new resins and perhaps techniques like MDO or biaxial orientation, appear to be major contenders against glass, metal, and multi-material film structures.
#polyolefins #sustainability #economics