On the eve of K 2007, www.plastemart.com will profile few of the newer developments to be on display at the fair. These articles follow the first in the series run in our newsletter dated 15 Sep 2007 in the article titled K 2007 will unveil some exciting developments in polymers.
K 2007 will showcase an unusual mix of new polymer additives, including some based on novel chemistries - PP clarifying and nucleating agents,a stabilizer for Nano composites, all-natural colour and additive masterbatches for biopolymers, a “dryable” foaming agent for polycarbonate, additives for wood-plastic WPCs. Read more in New polymer additives and colourants to debut at K 2007
News of compounding machinery development at K 2007 focuses on more torque and output for kneaders, mixers and twin-screw extruders. There are also new productivity enhancements for multi-screw and planetary extruders. Read in K 2007 will show compounding equipments with productivity improvements
Over the last two decades, unlike the super speed with which injection moulding adopted IML, thermoforming has been under
stress to address several important limitations in machinery and labeling technology. This has hampered IML’s penetration
into thermoformed packaging. Improvements in output and labeling technology have helped thermoforming in mould labeling (IML) emerge
ready for faster commercialization. But even with the current improvements in output, there still remains a gap as compared
with conventional thermoforming productivity. Read in
In mould labeling in thermoforming is poised for robust development
The demand for engineering thermoplastics (ETP) in USA is projected to grow at 3.5% pa to reach
2.5 mln tons (approx) by 2010. In value terms, the demand through 2010 is estimated to record sales
exceeding US$10 bln.
To know the factors that are driving this growth, the growth sectors and the laggards, dominant markets
for engineering plastic - factors that aid their advances factors that will be moderate growth, read
US ETP business has good growth potential until 2010
The petrochemical sector is expected to be flush with an unprecedented higher number of mergers and aquisitions in 2007. The major factors affecting mergers & acquisitions are : need to gain a foothold in areas with cheap and abundant availability of feedstock, consolidation and establishing a global presence. Future deals would be essentially affected by a series of transactions triggered by high hydrocarbon prices, fast-growing emerging markets and cash surpluses held by manufacturers and private-equity firms. Read in Petrochemical industry to witness a spate of mergers & acquisitions in 2007