SPE Industry Update
May 26, 2010

Middle East leads global plastics industry with 30 percent annual growth rate
Business Wire
The Middle East will be a leading producer and exporter of plastic resins within the next five years, with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) capacity in the region slated to more than double by 2015. The Middle East plastics industry is expected to grow 30 percent a year. This phenomenal growth rate, and the consequent further investment and industrial development opportunities presented have prompted the organization of the First GPCA Plastics Summit, taking place at the Grand Hyatt Dubai on June 14-16. More

Top practical reasons why you should join SPE
Reason #6: Free membership in the technical Division of your choice, as well as in your local Section, plus memberships in as many Special Interest Groups as you wish. Your affiliations in these technical groups will be your "go-to" resource for specialized information and personal contacts in your field.More

Cost cutting in focus - how to reduce production expenses?
Amid the economic crisis, all players of the plastics industry are striving to reduce production and operation costs. While there is some room to cut expenditures in all areas, plastics processors can do this most effectively by trying to reduce raw material costs, according to the conclusions of panel discussion participants at the First Central and Eastern European Plastics Converter Forum, held in Budapest on May 5.More

Updated: Oil spill a boon for oil boom industry
Plastics Today
In a bid to meet unrelenting demand, oil boom manufacturers are working around the clock to supply their product to the Gulf Coast oil spill, with the ecological disaster creating opportunities for plastics sheet foam in particular. Protective and flexible packaging manufacturer Pregis Corp. has seized on the opportunity to promote its Microfoam low-density polypropylene (PP) sheet foam, looking to beat out polyethylene (PE) alternatives. More

Messe Dusseldorf discusses Egypt's potential in plastic and rubber industry
As a gateway for the region, Egypt's plastics industry boasts a rapid a growth rate which is fueled by industrial modernization initiatives spearheaded by the Egyptian government. According to 2005/06 figures, there are 1,276 factories in Egypt with total market volume of $4.03 billion and total investments reaching about $4 billion. Egypt consumed plastic materials and resins worth nearly $1.6 billion. Demand is expected to grow at 10 percent annually for the next three years, due to the increasing number of newly established factories. Additionally, Egypt exports plastics to the Gulf region.More

Plastics distributor Jamplast becomes ninth member of SPI's Bioplastics Council
Plastics Today
The Bioplastics Council, a special interest group launched in 2008 by the Society of the Plastics Industry, has a new member in Jamplast of Ellisville, Mo., a distributor of plastics including biodegradable materials from NatureWorks and bioplastics-based compounds from Cereplast. Jamplast is the ninth company to join the Bioplastics Council. SPI's Bioplastics Council was created in order to provide a forum for resin and additive suppliers, as well as processors, equipment suppliers, and distributors, to promote the development of bioplastics.More

Managing photodegradation of poly(vinyl chloride)
SPE Plastics Research Online
Poly(vinyl chloride) is applied in almost every aspect of our lives because it is easily modified and inexpensive. However, it is characterized by poor heat and UV resistance due to the presence of some abnormal structures that originate from synthesis. Such groups include unsaturated double bonds, allylic chlorines and branch points. Addition of thermal stabilizers is, therefore, required to prevent thermal degradation during processing (which usually occurs at temperatures of 150–180°C). Commonly used thermal stabilizers for PVC belong to one of four categories: lead salts, metal soap, organotin compounds and some auxiliary stabilizing materials.More

Viscoelasticity, tackiness and extrusion flow of block copolymers
SPE Plastics Research Online
Microphase-separated block copolymers constitute a fascinating subset in the field of polymer materials. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), which are characterized by the processability of thermoplastics and the physical properties of elastomers, are actually block copolymers with a glassy or crystalline minor phase embedded within an elastomeric matrix. Poly(styrene-b-ethylene-co-butylene-b-styrene) (SEBS) copolymers are probably the most relevant TPEs, because they are routinely employed in areas such as the automotive, electronics, and sports industries, and in civil-engineering processes. Establishing a robust interplay of microstructure, rheology, processing, and end-use properties requires involvement of both engineers and scientists.More

Plastics in US healthcare packaging set to rise
Plastics News
The U.S. market for plastic healthcare packaging is expected to reach 3.8 billion pounds of products in 2010, according to BCC Research. The Wellesley-based research firm forecasts this amount to increase to nearly 5 billion pounds in 2015, at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 5.6 percent.More