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Though the polymeric foams market currently faces subdued demand, future growth would be favored by manufacturer initiatives such as introduction of classification-free PU foams, emerging applications such as foamed PVC for windows, doors and house siding and use of cross-linked polyolefin foam in sports and leisure goods. Growth in the market is led by the unique benefits offered by cellular materials compared to conventional materials, introduction of new application markets and growing interest in green building technologies. To know about market trends, end-use markets, applications, growing regions, new applications, etc, read
After experiencing difficult times during the downturn of 2008-09, petrochemical producers are focusing on attaining economies of scale and geographic expansion to gain a competitive advantage. Producers are seeking to create a presence in demand-rich regions and also diversifying their portfolios to achieve higher growth rates. This has led to an increase in the number of partnerships between companies of different regions. To understand China’s role in helping the global petrochemicals industry to recover from slowdown, read
Q1-2012 has seen several performance enhancing developments in the spectrum of solar cell technologies. Polymer solar cells' performance has been significantly enhanced by building a device with a new "tandem" structure that combines multiple cells with different absorption bands. Konark’s next-generation solar cells with 9% single-junction efficiency are ideally suited for integration into various building materials, including glass, steel, plastics, composites and fabrics. A project in Europe created to generate solar energy with highly efficient and recyclable printed plastic solar cells helps move a step closer to the dream of environmentally friendly and efficient power for everyone. A technology spray-deposits tiny solar cells a quarter the size of a grain of sand onto a substrate, without high-temperature or high-vacuum methods. Read details in
Global demand for protective packaging will be stimulated by an upswing in manufacturing activity and the continued proliferation of internet shopping. Growth in Asia Pacific, Central and South America, and Africa/Mideast will outpace the global average. China alone is expected to account for 25% of global value gains in protective packaging demand between 2009 and 2014. Demand in India is projected to increase at 13.6% pa to US$445 mln through 2014. This represents one of the most rapid growth rates in the world over the forecast period -- albeit from a relatively small base. In USA, demand will accelerate from the pace of the 2006-2011 period based on increased manufacturing output following the 2007-2009 recession. To know more about the factors driving demand, the growing applications, trends, etc, read
Shale gas has made American natural gas production the cheapest outside the Middle East. Output from shale formations will yield enough natural-gas liquids such as ethane to support about five new plants that produce ethylene and related plastics. Several petrochem giants are searching for new ways to transform this abundance into revenue. States in USA like West Virginia and Pennsylvania are passing laws offering tax incentives for large construction projects. To know more about the emergence of the USA as a key player in the chemicals export market on the back of lower domestic gas prices that has changed the dynamic of global export flows, read
Polymer film loaded with antibodies that can capture tumor cells shows promise as a diagnostic tool. A new rainbow-colored polymer could lead to handheld applications for color identification. Used as a filter for light, this material could form the basis of handheld multispectral imaging devices that identify the “true color” of objects examined. A self-healing hydrogel that binds in seconds and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching. The material has numerous potential applications, including medical sutures, targeted drug delivery, industrial sealants and self-healing plastics. Read more in
Global petrochemical infrastructure is both adding capacity to accommodate larger volumes of primary petrochemicals, as well as to produce more sophisticated petrochemicals that have specific qualities. Growth in demand for petrochemical products has been the major underlying driver of rapid growth in the petrochemical infrastructure market over the past decade. Read more in
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