• The composites market in BRIC countries is expected to witness good growth over the next five years. China has been the leader among the BRIC countries in terms of total composite consumption, whereas India depicted the highest growth rate due to rapidly increasing demand from the end user industries. Growth is led across various market segments depending on price-vs-performance criteria and the level of penetration in a particular application. To know about factors that impact demand, growth and challenges faced by this sector, particularly in India, read Led by China and India, BRIC composites market to witness good growth over next five years
  • During the years 2007-2012, the North American composites market declined 2.7% in volume terms. In the recession of 2008-09, the market was down by 25-30%. In 2012, the composites market was driven by double-digit growth in the wind energy and automotive industries, as well as robust growth in the housing market. In fact, composites industry growth in 2012 outpaced US GDP, which grew by an estimated 2.1% from 2011. The composite materials industry in North America is forecast to grow at a CAGR of around 7% to reach US$10.9 bln in 2018. Read more in N American composites market to recover completely by year end, set for steady growth through 2018
  • The European Commission has concluded that the phthalates in toys and childcare products pose no risk to infants. This finding will provide reassurance to consumers as well as a stable regulatory environment for companies to continue using two high phthalates. Another study finds that Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children’s articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply. Read more in Redefining phthalate exposure in EU and USA
  • The medical-device market is becoming increasingly aware of the capabilities of high-performance Engineering Polymers. Suppliers' ability to tailor the physical and chemical properties of EPs grants device manufacturers the capability to fine-tune the functionality and biocompatibility of their products. Complementary manufacturing technologies - such as 3D printing - extend their capabilities, enabling custom-fit implants, which further help to drive demand for EPs in health-care applications. Demand is also driven by the growing markets of Asia like Japan and China. Read more in Use of Engineering Polymers in medical devices rises on growing replacement to metals, ceramics, glass
  • Research finds that a polymer behaves exactly like a semimetal, and is easy and inexpensive to produce. An understanding of the phenomena will drive developments forward, and will open up a new research field in organic electronics. Another research on a highly conductive interfacial polymer phase suggests new routes to enhancing electronic and thermal properties in hybrid materials and devices, for thermoelectric energy conversion and other energy applications. Read more in Polymers can behave like Insulators, Semiconductors, Metals and Semimetals
  • An integrated system that uses the thermal energy of the molten polymer in PET pelletizing for subsequent crystallization eliminates problems caused by the agglomeration of amorphous material and substantially reduces energy costs for compounding or recycling. Another underwater pelletizing system has been designed for all kinds of thermoplastic materials, characterized by high flexibility and a small footprint. The system produces spherical pellets of superb quality, ideally suited for further processing at high outputs. Read more in Cost saving PET pelletizing system produces in single integrated process, underwater pelletizing system for thermoplastics