Distinguish Your Company for Its Innovative Work—Enter Now for the 2021 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is proud to announce the opening of the 2021 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding innovations in plastics manufacturing that further environmental advantages in design, material, and end-of-life management. Congratulations to Accredo Packaging, Vartega, and Eastman for winning the categories of Materials, Design, and End-Of-Life Innovations, and to PureCycle Technologies, winner of the 2020 Leadership in Innovation Award. 

A Message from Jon Smalling: Future Leader in Plastics (FLiP) Incoming Vice Chair

Jon Smalling, the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for SEPRO Group, knows that the future of the plastics industry is bright. PLASTICS Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee just elected Jon to serve as the FLiP Vice Chair for the 2021 year. Jon shares his thoughts on the value of FLiP involvement.

The Next Generation in Plastics

PLASTICS and the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee are devoted to supporting and encouraging the next generation of plastics leaders who will play a crucial role in the innovation, technology, and the future of the plastics industry.

Another Year of Trade Surplus for the U.S. Plastics Industry

PLASTICS released its annual Global Trends report at the 2020 Global Plastics Summit.

Recycled Materials

Eastman Partners with Compounder Gruppo Maip to Formulate Biobased and Molecular Recycled Content Plastics for Automotive Interiors

Eastman’s Tritan Renew copolyester and Treva Renew engineering bioplastic to play key role in new Eastman-Gruppo Maip partnership.


Danimer Scientific and Eagle Beverage to Produce Biodegradable Drinking Straws for Quick Service Restaurants

  Private label manufacturer Eagle Beverage to use Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA for marine degradable straws and other product categories in the future.

TaipeiPlas Announces New Dates for 2021

The biennial Taiwanese event will now take place Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2021, after its original September 2020 dates were canceled due to COVID-19.


High-Performance Black Masterbatch for Styrenics

Cabot’s new Plasblack XP6801D is a new generation SAN-based formulation for styrenics without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties.  


Certified Collaborative Robot Education Program Launched

Curriculum provides cobot training as part of an integrated course and awards industry-recognized certification.

Mold Maintenance

Tool Separator Eases Mold Service and Maintenance

RUD’s Tool Separator is said to require only five minutes and one person to complete the entire mold separation process.

All Electric & Hybrid Machines

Vertical Injection Molding Machine Offers Lower Profile

Nissei says the latest addition to its TWX-RIII series of vertical presses is 30% shorter than a comparable machine.


Researchers Combine Mechanical and Chemical Recycling

This research team is working on developing a novel hybrid chemical-mechanical technology for recycling and upcycling of laminated and multilayered plastics.
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Plastics Processing Index Hits Two-Year High

Five of six business components show expanding October activity as index hits 55.6.

Sheet Extrusion

PPEs Are Here to Stay: Is Your Sheet Line Ready?

Follow these tips to evaluate your sheet extrusion lines to find out if you can expand into this market.


Betting Big on Recycled PET

Distributor of virgin PET resins PolyQuest is also a growing manufacturer of recycled PET resins.
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Additive Concentrates for Laser Marking Wire Jackets and Cable Insulation

AGC’s  Fluon LaserWrite fluoropolymer-based concentrates can be used with any melt processable resin system.


Long-Chain Nylon Compounds for Automotive and More

Ascend’s new HiDura nylons 610 and 612 designed for automotive fuel systems, cable ties for solar power systems, battery seals and monofilaments for brush bristles.  


Upgraded AI-Powered Handheld 3D Scanners for QC

The capability of the Artec 3D handheld scanners from Exact Metrology, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been increased with the addition of the new HD mode.

Injection Molding

Continuous Fiber Reinforced Inserts for Large Flat PP Parts

Selective PP reinforcements from Integrated Composite Products (ICP) offer significant improvements in strength, stiffness and impact properties.


CG Roxane's San Bernardino rPET Facility Marks First Year of Production

CG Roxane’s CEO and President Ronan Papillaud discusses the company's journey into rPET production.