SPE Industry Update
Nov. 3, 2010

Sabic sees consumers in China, India raising sales of plastics
Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the world's largest maker of petrochemicals, said consumers in growing nations such as China and India are helping the global plastics industry rebound by purchasing more products from packaged food to clothes and consumer electronics.More

Together! ANTEC® and NPE in 2012
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will co-locate the 2012 edition of its ANTEC® technical conference with the NPE2012 international plastics exposition, it was announced at K 2010 by SPE and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Produced by SPI, NPE2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Both ANTEC 2012 and the NPE trade show will begin on Monday, April 2. In addition to the traditional conference sessions, SPE will organize poster sessions on the NPE show floor in the South Hall of the OCCC.More

Improving melt processing of thermoplastic polyurethanes
SPE Plastics Research Online
Polyurethanes (PUs) represent an important class of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers that are extensively used in furniture, coatings, adhesives, building materials, fibers, paddings, paints, elastomers and synthetic skins. Thermoplastic PUs (TPUs) are widely used as high-performance elastomers and tough thermoplastics in a great variety of applications requiring high impact strength, abrasion, solvent, and oil resistance, as well as good adhesion and paintability. TPUs can be processed by applying techniques commonly used for thermoplastic polymers, such as extrusion and injection molding.More

Report: Global plastics processing machinery market to exceed $13 billion by 2015
PR Web via the San Francisco Chronicle
The global plastics processing machinery market witnessed a sharp decline in 2008 and 2009, as the global economy experienced the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The recession-induced decline hastened the global shift in plastics processing machinery manufacturing, from the West to East. As a result, emerging markets of Brazil, China, India and Russia are becoming significant contributors to sales volume and manufacturer revenues.More

Dow Chemical profit tops estimates on plastic sales
Bloomberg Businessweek
Dow Chemical Co., the world's second-biggest chemical maker, posted a smaller drop in third- quarter profit than analysts estimated as the company's plastics benefited from ingredient costs that were lower than competitors.More

Innovative use of plastics can improve the efficiency of cars
Innovative materials and expert application development, aimed at enhancing the performance of vehicle systems, improving their sustainability and reducing their total cost, form the forefront of DuPont Performance Polymers in the automotive sector. At K 2010, DuPont is focusing on new developments in several of these areas, as it supports the global automotive industry in its drive to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and CO2 emissions.More

Metals and plastics bodies welcome packaging goals
Trade associations for the plastics and metal sectors have responded positively to the announcement of increased packaging recycling targets affecting the two waste streams over the next two years. Speaking to letsrecycle.com, trade association British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) and plastics recycling trade body Recoup welcomed the announcement of an increase in the packaging recycling targets for steel and plastic packaging respectively in 2011 and 2012.More

India's plastics industry growing at 15 percent a year
India's plastics industry is growing at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 percent, with polymer consumption set to reach 10m t in 2012, according to a statement issued by the Plastindia Foundation on the first day of "K 2010" in Düsseldorf, Germany.More

US economy grows at slightly faster pace over summer
One of the most closely watched barometers of the U.S. economy shows the economy has been growing a little faster this summer and fall than it was in the spring — but nowhere near fast enough to begin appreciably bringing down the unemployment rate.More

Rising materials prices pressure Procter & Gamble
The Wall Street Journal
Procter & Gamble Co.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 6.8 percent as the company sold its pharmaceuticals business last year and higher commodity costs dented profit margins. The consumer-products giant is in the midst of a broad push to grab market share around the world. It has launched new products, marketed its offerings more aggressively and offered consumers more promotions. But sharply higher costs for materials such as paper pulp and plastic resins are affecting the bottom line.More

New initiative to reduce injuries
A new U.K. industry-led initiative to improve health and safety in the plastics and composites industry has been launched. The plastics industry in keeping with the rest of the manufacturing sector has one of the highest rates of industrial injuries. Latest figures show that in 2008-09, one person was killed and 1,158 were injured in a sector that employs approximately 143,600 people. Manual handling and slips and trips are responsible for the majority of injuries and illnesses include occupational asthma and dermatitis. More

US processors competing globally thanks to automation and technology
Plastics News
The U.S. plastics industry, the third-largest U.S. manufacturing sector, is now stepping up its adoption of advanced machinery and automation to produce sharp gains in productivity, according to Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.More