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Plastics Manufacturers Face Global Nylon 6/6 Shortage

According to Plastics News, the price of Nylon 6/6 has risen more than 50 percent in the past 18 months. That’s an increase of $1.60 USD per kilogram.

Few outside the plastics industry have heard of Nylon 6/6. However, those in the industry, even those unfamiliar with plastics feedstocks, have become more knowledgeable about the material in recent months, as […]

Innovations Help US Company to Move Closer to Wide-Scale Polystyrene Recycling

Polystyrene is the fourth most common thermoplastic by total volume produced, and, like many plastics, its use increases every year. By 2019, the global polystyrene market is expected to be worth $28.2 billion USD. Despite the large amounts of polystyrene used to create a variety of products ranging from packaging materials and bicycle helmets to smoke detector covers and […]

China’s Plastic Import Ban by the Numbers

The world of plastic recycling continues after China’s ban on imported plastics. The ban, which was announced in July 2017, came into affect January 1, 2018. We’ve published more than one article about the ban on this blog, but as the impact of the decision continues to reverberate through the recycling industry, periodic updates are warranted. In this post, […]

National Plastics Exposition 2018 Reveals Sustainability Trends, Trains Industry Leaders

The National Plastics Exposition, one of the world’s premier plastics industry conferences, was held May 7-11 at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida, in the United States. Although certainly not the only important annual plastics conference, the sheer size of the conference (65,000 plastics professionals and 2,000 exhibitors attended in 2018) means it is a useful barometer […]

US Army Hopes to Print Parts from Plastics Recycled in the Field

Plastics recycling processes are typically developed according to traditional industrial engineering practices. A specific type of plastic is cleaned of impurities, homogenized, and chemically treated before being made into a plastic feedstock. The resulting feedstock is then sent to another facility (often owned by a different company) for use in the manufacture of new products.

The US army hopes to […]

Plastics Pose Unique Challenges to Art Restorers

“Plastics Are Forever” – to some, the phrase represents the incredible longevity and useful material attributes of the plastics materials that make our civilization possible. To others, it represents the dark side of plastic – the fact that some plastics take a very long time to break down in the environment.

However, museum curators and art restorers often find themselves […]

Plastics Key to Water Infrastructure Sector

A graph recently published in Plastics News got me thinking about the role plastics plays in our water infrastructure. The pie chart shows projected plastics use by the water infrastructure industry by industry segment for the next 10 years. In this post, we’ll explore some of the surprising ways that plastics have made themselves indispensible in the water infrastructure […]

Custom Ear Buds Take Off; Will Other Custom Consumer Plastics Follow?

In the past decade, the dream of measurement-based, custom-designed products has started to become a reality. This revolution, which will continue to shape the plastics industry for the foreseeable future, owes itself to the convergence of multiple technological trends, including the development of relatively affordable 3d scanning and data-processing tools, the advent of 3d printing technology, and the development […]

Chief Economist of Plastics Industry Association: “Growth Momentum is Poised to Continue”

Plastics industry news and research outlet Plastics Technology recently published an interview with Perc Pineda, PhD, the chief economist of the Plastics Industry Association, about the global state of the plastics industry. His responses paint a picture of an industry ripe with opportunities in the coming decade.

In this post, we’ll outline a few of the most important trends covered […]

Why Rapid Prototyping is Revolutionizing the Plastics Industry

Many people outside the industry might be surprised to learn that the development of physical prototypes is still critical to the creation of successful products. Despite the rise of sophisticated digital design software, it turns out, there’s no replacement for good old hands-on testing of actual prototypes.

In the past, moving from an engineering drawing to a physical prototype was […]