• Increasing construction spending in China, India and Indonesia along with demand from packaging and automotive in Asia Pacific will drive the global polypropylene market into the next decade. Among processes, injection molding has emerged as the leading application segment. With growing demand for BOPP films, films is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 5.7% from 2015 to 2022. Challenge will be faced on account of volatile propylene prices triggered by constantly fluctuating crude oil prices as well as stringent environmental regulations regarding production and disposal. To know more, read Growth of packaging and automotive in Asia Pacific to drive global polypropylene demand
  • Bio-polypropylene belongs to the family of polyolefins which is produced from renewable or plant-derived energy sources, such as sugarcane, starch, etc. Bio-PP is known for its tensile strength, firmness and resistant to heat. It is utilized essentially for injection molding and thermoforming applications, for use in durable applications in packaging, automotive, construction, electronics industry, etc. Major growth driver is the growing consumer preference for sustainable products, increasingly focus as packaging material as it is lightweight, growing lightweight materials demand in automotive coupled with favorable regulatory scenario. The increasing availability of shale gas is a major challenge faced by this market. Read more in Demand for injection molded parts from auto, packaging, construction, electronics to drive CAGR of 4.9% in global bio PP markets
  • A newly formulated thermoplastic has better performance than commodity plastics like ABS. ABL is recyclable, as it can be melted three times and still perform well, and is a green product because 50% of its content is renewable, and technology to enable its commercial exploitation would reduce the need for petrochemicals. The research team answered several questions like these before they made the new material replacing styrene with lignin that with cellulose, forms the woody cell walls of plants: Can variations in lignin feedstocks be overcome to make a product with superior performance? Can lignin integrate into soft polymer matrices? Can the chemistry and physics of lignin-derived polymers be understood to enable better control of their properties? Read more in Acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL)- a moldable, ductile material tougher than ABS
  • Biodegradable polymer grafts that, when surgically placed in damaged vertebrae, likely to grow to be just the right size and shape to fix the spinal column have been developed. These grafts fill the void to strengthen the spine, take on a spongy material that grows to the proper size and shape of damaged vertebrae. Kids have received 3D-printed tracheal splints to treat a congenital breathing condition called tracheobronchomalasia (TBM). American scientists are hoping to mechanically reinforce worn-out cartilage by incorporating a biomimetic gel. Their technique results in extensive interpenetration of the cartilage's natural biopolymer network with the synthetic polymer network. Read more in Biodegradable polymer grafts could grow to fix spine, biocompatible polymer 3D-printed into lifesaving medical implants
  • A research team in Japan has identified a bacteria from PET bottle recycling sites, and found a microbe that sticks to the surface of the PET bottle, secretes a molecule which breaks down PET into a smaller building block MHET that is hydrolyzed to produce ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. This is a highly efficient as a safe biodegradable agent. E. coli, a common gut bacteria, can be engineered to produce biodegradable polymers for use in surgical sutures, among other applications.A research team adopted a systems metabolic engineering approach to develop a microorganism that can produce various non-natural polymers which have biomedical applications. Read more in Bacteria that degrades PET, gut bacteria being converted into bioplastics