Smart Polymers Market Looking Up

According to a report recently published by Dublin-based company Research and Markets, the smart polymer market is expected to maintain a respectable growth rate of 14.7% through 2023. The report, titled “Smart polymers – global market outlook (2017-2023)”, predicts that the global smart polymer market will be worth $3.98 billion USD by 2023.


The report suggests that growth will be […]

Injection Moulding Trends in 2018

Global Market, Inc. recently named the injection moulding industry as one of the “most dynamically evolving businesses in recent times”. Given the importance of injection moulding to the plastics industry as a whole, it is very important to keep up on the most recent trends. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the trends to look […]

Industry Adjustment Continues In Response to China Waste Import Ban

On January 1, the global plastics recycling industry entered a new era as China’s ban on imported plastic and paper waste came into effect. In this post, we’ll take a look at the political origins of the import ban and what plastics producers and consumers around the world are doing to adapt.


In 2016, China imported 45 million tonnes of […]

The Plastics Technology Behind the Movies

The magic of film has been with us since 1888, when the first film ever made, titled “Roundhay Garden Scene” was created by French inventor Louis Le Prince (check out this website for some other early contenders). At just over two seconds in length, it was hardly a blockbuster. However, it opened the doors to the development of the […]

Plastics in Commercial Aviation

The next time you go on a plane, look around you. Plastics are everywhere. It is a testament to the unique characteristics of plastics that they have made their way into aviation, a field with extremely strict engineering requirements and wide safety margins. In this post, inspired by a blog post published by Market Insider, we’ll take a look […]

Artificial Photosynthesis May Hold Key to Sustainable Ethylene Production

The ability of plants to produce energy from sunlight is incredible. Unlike all animals and most human-made machines, plants can produce complex sugars using nothing but sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water.

For decades, engineers have attempted to harness the power of the sun to power various chemical processes. This week, a new paper published by a team based at the […]

Plastics Industry Makes Foray into Can Industry

Packaging is a big deal in the plastics industry. According to a recent report published by Zion Research, annual sales of plastic packaging are expected to reach $375 billion USD by 2020. The plastic packaging market is dominated by food packaging, which includes plastic films, containers for liquids, and polystyrene packaging.

One area of the food packaging industry that plastics […]

Foam Injection Moulding for Lightweight Parts

The plastics industry has changed the face of lightweight manufacturing in recent decades. As automotive and consumer electronics manufacturers strive to make lighter and lighter components, they are turning to innovative plastics manufacturing technologies to reduce weight without reducing material strength. One of the most important such technologies is foam injection moulding. Although the technique has been in existence […]

Single-Use Plastic Bag Bans Create Challenges, Opportunities for Plastics Industry

The use and production of single-use plastic bags has long been an issue of contention within the plastics industry and the communities affected by single-use plastic bag bans. In recent years, Australia has been at the focal point of just such a debate. On October 18, Victoria became the latest state to ban the bags, leaving only New South […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities for the Packaging Industry

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “4th Industrial Revolution”. The idea, promoted by World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab, is that we have recently entered a new stage of economic and industrial development. The first industrial revolution was based on steam, the second was based on electricity, and the third centered around the use of […]