SPE Industry Update
May 12, 2010

First quarter earnings at Dow, ExxonMobil and BASF point to global plastics demand growth
Plastics Today
Year-over-year earnings reports show how far the global plastics industry has come since the start of 2009, with plastics titans Dow, ExxonMobil Chemical, and BASF showing double-digit gains in sales and volumes, even in Western economies that had heretofore lagged. Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris noted "robust" sales growth in the first quarter, calling the improvements in Western economies "notable."More

SPE partners with Gros Executive recruiters for salary survey
Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers invite you to participate in the 2009 Salary Survey, the industry survey that provides you with key employment trends in plastics and packaging as they occur. Want to know how your salary compares with others? This survey will tell you. Are benefits going up, holding steady or declining? You can find out just by participating.More

New leather- and rubber-waste composites for use in footwear
SPE Plastics Research Online
The footwear industry in Europe, and particularly in Portugal, concentrates on producing leather shoes. Attachment of the upper and lower parts of a shoe requires carding and/or roughing of bottom upper and sole materials. This generates leather and sole-material fibers, dust, or small scraps, which represent 5 to 15 percent by weight of the solid waste generated by footwear factories. Disposing of leather waste is expensive because of the increasing taxes associated with land fill and the presence of chromium that may be classified as hazardous waste according to European and Portuguese law.More

Operating window for peeling polyimide film
SPE Plastics Research Online
Polyimide (PI) is a polymeric material whose special structure (aromatic rings with imide groups) gives it superior thermal, mechanical, chemical, and electronic properties and also provides strong resistance for moisture absorption. PI has wide application in the aerospace, military, optical, and electronics industries. The solvent-casting process has served as a vital and efficient tool for producing PI thin films. One of the key issues in this process is that the film must be peeled from the steel belt smoothly and defect-free. Several physical and chemical approaches have been proposed to improve peeling, including using a water bath or air jet or a releasing agent such as hydrofluoric acid. More

Engineering resins to play starring role in next-generation hybrid, electric vehicles
Plastics Today
New automotive grade offerings in the Noryl modified polyphenylene oxide and Valox polybutylene terephthalate portfolios of Sabic Innovative Plastics are designed to help automakers create alternative power train solutions by displacing weight and increasing performance for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles according to the supplier. Hybrid electric vehicles are projected to capture a significant share of the global automotive industry by 2015 according to V. Umamaheswaran, director of products and marketing at Sabic Innovative Plastics, Automotive. More

Plastic company finds success by focusing on flexible planning
The Chronicle Herald
Research projects can help determine your company's future, so it pays to choose and monitor them with care. But how do you manage the variables that can help you stay on track for solid growth when we all have such limited information about how things will be in five or 10 years? GN Thermoforming Equipment of Chester, Nova Scotia, is dealing with these issues, along with the complexities of exporting to different countries.More

Plastics industry representative says West Virginia positioned for growth
U.S. plastics manufacturers are positioned for growth, and West Virginia is among the states that are most aggressively recruiting the industry, according to William R. Carteaux, president and chief executive officer of the Society of the Plastics Industry. Carteaux was in Point Pleasant on April 28 to address the annual meeting of the West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone. He noted that several regions of the country — the west coast, northeast and mid-Atlantic states in particular — are not vigorously pursuing manufacturing facilities. More

First plastics recycling facility in Wales
Start-up company Plastics Sorting has opened the first plastics recycling facility in Wales, near Caerphilly. It will initially process 12,000 t/y of PET bottles, before scaling up to its licensed capacity of 24,000 t/y. The plant is expected to be fully operational in June, producing rPET flake for use within the food industry. Initially it will supply two companies in South Wales before increasing its customer base.More

Used foam finds useful home
Plastics News
ACH Foam Technologies LLC recently uncorked what it claims is the first expanded polystyrene packaging to contain 60 percent recycled content. The packaging is made with EcoSix, a recycled-content molding bead supplied by Rapac LP of Oakland, Tenn.More