• Excellent barrier properties, high tensile strength and chemical resistance make specialty and high performance films largely sought. Growth of packaging industry, particularly the flexible sector, is expected to drive global demand along with usage of these films in semiconductors used in the high growth sector of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Despite strong drivers, this market faces some tough challenges, even as players in this market are adversely affected by high competition and low profit margins. Read more in Growth of flexible packaging, solar industry to drive global demand for specialty and high performance films
  • High barrier packaging films are flexible films that are smaller than 250µ in gauge with a defined oxygen gas transmission rate. The need for packaging materials that give even greater protection to packaged contents, particularly in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage sector, has seen a marked increase. To know about the various high barrier packaging types, their growth and application, the end-use sector, market drivers and trends, challenges faced, etc, read Oxygenation prevention, degradation of contents to aid high barrier packaging film global growth for next 5 years
  • Growth opportunities for biobased and biodegradable plastics are proliferating in key application areas such as packaging/plastic bags, agriculture, consumer goods, electronics, automotive, and healthcare. Growth is encouraged by factors such as climate change, favorable governmental measures and green procurement policies, growing consumer awareness. Increased applications in end-use sectors such as electronics, transport and medical will propel demand. To know about the application sectors that have emerged with the highest potential, the leading sectors, growth regions, the driving and restraining factors, opportunities and challenges, read With robust demand growth across markets, biobased and biodegradable plastics to rise 19% pa to 2017
  • Polyols are key ingredients in flexible polyurethane foam used in furniture, bedding, automotive seating and headrests. Material manufacturers are working towards introduction of biobased polyols, but their efforts have been marred by material that has poor performance, color, quality, consistency, odor, poor chemical reactivity, among others. Several new developments by various companies have helped overcome these shortcomings. The newly developed bio based polyols not only help reduce environmental footprint but also total energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, along with offering price stability. To know more, read Developments in biobased polyols for polyurethane applications enhance product performance
  • Analysis of propylene value chain has been concluded for USA and China. It covers all the derivatives of propylene, their applications. In 2013, China alone processed more than 18 mln tons of propylene. Thus, propylene, besides ethylene, is the most important petrochemical feedstock in the Chinese chemical industry. In 2013, the USA consumed more than 14 mln tons of propylene. Thus, propylene is the second most important petrochemical feedstock after ethylene. Read more in Analysis of entire propylene value chain in China and USA
  • The process for making conductive polymer composites is difficult since the mechanical properties/strength, are weakened during preparation. A new method of crafting the fibres could open up normally flimsy materials, such as cotton, to conduct electricity in technologies normally reserved for stronger fibers. The process could also make conductive polymer composites less expensive with fewer harmful environmental side-effects. Separately, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer that can reliably operate at temperatures of upto 200 degrees Celsius. It could be used to draw heat away from electronic devices in servers, automobiles, high-brightness LEDs and certain mobile devices. Read more in Novel method for making electrical cellulose fibers, heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices