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Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2010-12
This issue contains our yearender special report Outlook 2011, a compilation of insights from leading companies on the market developments and trends that are likely to affect their operations and plans for 2011. These companies all agree that the world is recovering from the recession and that compared with other regions, Asia has been growing at a faster pace. K 2010 is the place to see the best the industry has to offer, and visitors flocked to the booths showing advanced auxiliary equipment. New cooling/drying equipment, blenders and mixers are now valued for their cost-saving features and efficiency. The electrical and electronics sector is reaping the benefits of engineering plastics manufacturers' R&D efforts as many new materials are now responding to the demand for safety and durability. In 2011, we expect to see the development of more specialty polymers to serve high-end applications We should be watching out for new trade exhibitions in Asia - and one of these is the JEC Show Asia. On its 3rd edition, the show has become a leading platform
  • Int'l Plastics News - Middle East 2010-11
    The year is about to close and so we gathered the insights of industry experts on what they perceive are the factors that would affect the Middle East plastics industry, as well as the emerging trends that should be noted in planning a business operation in the region. Recent developments point towards achieving sustainability as companies in the Middle East region recognise the need to reduce carbon footprint. The use of biodegradable materials and recycling are in the forefront. I have always been very much interested in new studies and product development efforts that would create new technologies and materials, and these have been well covered in our past issues. This issue also carries the introduction of a polymer-metal composite developed by researchers at Fraunhofer. The new material has sensory properties making it possible to produce plastic component parts that monitor themselves in products like wind turbines. Arabplast is taking place in January 2011 in Dubai. Being an important event for the region's plastics and rubber industry, this iss
  • Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2010-10
    This issue carries a special supplement on K 2010, the world's biggest plastics and rubber exhibition. With the global economy emerging from the recession, companies in the plastics and rubber industry are optimistic as they bring their new and best products to this show for the world to see. As Mr. Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Exhibitors' Council of K 2010, stressed, "customers are again working on new projects and are showing big interest in innovations and optimised processes and products," and K will once again take its special place being the most appropriate venue to launch new equipment and processes, and generate market response on these products. There will be over 3,000 exhibitors who invested much resources into developing products and solutions. Of these exhibitors, Asia will be strongly represented with China and Taiwan leading the Asian companies. Some first-time exhibitors include companies from Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam. With the hard times in which many companies have had to fight for survival, K 2010's success will be a wel
  • Int'l Plastics News - Middle East 2010-9
    This issue carries a special supplement on K 2010, the world's biggest plastics and rubber exhibition. With the global economy emerging from the recession, companies in the plastics and rubber industry are optimistic as they bring their new and best products to this show for the world to see. As Mr. Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Exhibitors' Council of K 2010, stressed, "Customers are again working on new projects and are showing big interest in innovations and optimised processes and products," and K will once again take its special place being the most appropriate venue to launch new equipment and processes, and generate market response on these products. So this special edition will provide you with a glimpse on what to expect at K 2010, plus the products that will be exhibited. There will be over 3,000 exhibitors who invested much resources into developing products and solutions. And with the hard times in which many companies have had to fight for survival, K 2010's success will be a break from the gloomy trend of the past two years. The del
  • Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2010-8
    Significant innovations in the plastics industry today are those benefitting the medical field. There seems to be no limit to what injection moulding is capable of, and breakthrough methods have successfully satisfied the wide-ranging needs of the medical industry. New blown film lines offer processors with better options and higher level of efficiency in their operations. The current portfolio of blown film extrusion lines is a reflection of how this sector has grown over the years. New machines are capable of turning out improved end-product, while lowering wastage and energy consumption. We look forward to the shift towards 9-layer technology to further enhance film characteristics and yield higher savings. The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) has developed a roadmap from inputs provided by plastic manufacturers to meet the aspirations of the government's New Economic Model. The proposals include skills training and investment incentives to encourage reinvestment and use of more advanced production technologies and machinery. Being a
  • Int'l Plastics News - Middle East 2010-7
    Cabot Corp. recently opened its masterbatch plant in Dubai. The new facility will have three large-scale units utilising state-of-the-art production technology to enable the production of a wide range of black masterbatch formulations for all relevant plastics applications. Cabot is not alone as a number of companies have been expanding into the Middle East, seeing the vast opportunities the region offers not only as a market but also as a viable manufacturing location. Significant innovations in the plastics industry today are those benefitting health and medicine. There seems to be no limit to what injection moulding is capable of, and breakthrough methods have successfully satisfied the wide-ranging needs of the medical industry. Plastex 2010 is now considered as the no. 1 trade exhibition in the MENA region for the plastics industry with strong following in its edition last May. With 650 local and international exhibitors, the show provided an introduction into the highly dynamic and fast-growing MENA market. New researches into recycling methods h
  • Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2010-6
    The quest for thinner, more functional and higher quality food packaging has taken manufacturers of packaging materials beyond the border into new territories to produce products meeting stricter standards. Intelligent packages are now attempting to satisfy the many criteria of today's more demanding market. This issue carries the first part of a series of reports on plastic recycling . The first part discusses some trends in recycling with succeeding issues moving towards providing readers with the latest equipment used in recycling and information on new materials. In all these, the highly dynamic Asian region is expected to figure prominently as it takes advantage of recent and more advanced recycling techniques. We have a review of Chinaplas 2010, a big show in terms of the number of exhibitors and visitors, which was attended in full force by our editorial team. The show once again highlighted "green plastics" and brought into the limelight new opportunities in the wake of economic recovery. The show also served as ideal venue where big players announce
  • Int'l Plastics News - Middle East 2010-5
    A growing range of innovative materials are now avaible for manufacturers of electrical and electronics products. As the market now demands lightweight, environment-friendly and highly durable electronics, innovations lean towards value-added features such as flame-retardance and superior protection that could make a big difference in the electrical/electronics products we use today. With the surge in infrastructure development in the Middle East, the demand for large HDPE pipes has created many challenges for pipes manufacturers as well as those supplying machinery and technology. Now, it has become possible to turn out extra-large pipes with 2400mm diameter. In the same manner, the infrastructure expansion combined with soaring temperatures and humidity in the region has created strong demand for rubber insulation products that the rubber industry looks forward to better prospects. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia now plays an important role in strengthening R&D efforts in plastics processing. As a major knowledge centre in the region, Saudi Arabia's vari
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