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Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2013-12
Outlook 2014, which gathers the insights of industry experts on the industry trends and developments, is a major undertaking for Ringier Trade Media's editorial team. It has always been a special issue because we get to talk to those who are directly involved in the industry and in the process, we obtain valuable information on what to expect in the coming year. Most of the interviews for this report were done at K 2013 where companies also launched new products. It's perfect timing for us. Speaking of K, the 2013 edition has exceeded the expectations of exhibitors and visitors alike. Despite the sluggish demand in Europe, the show was well attended by companies from Asia, and we saw numerous innovations aimed at improving the productions processes and quality of raw materials being used in emerging applications. The next-generation consumer electronics are expected to benefit from more advanced polymer and engineering thermoplastic solutions. These new materials aim at launching more stylish products that meet environmental and high performance criteria that con
  • International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2013-11
    This issue is a special one because it carries Outlook 2014 which gathers the insights of industry experts on the industry trends and developments, and what to expect in 2014. We divided Outlook 2014 into two sections, one on plastic and the other on rubber. Given that the Middle East and Africa are two fast-growing regions, the plastics and rubber industry in these two regions are expected to attract huge investments that would in turn help establish world-class production facilities. K 2013 has exceeded the expectations of exhibitors and visitors alike. Despite the sluggish growth of Europe, the show was well attended and saw numerous innovations aimed at improving the production processes and quality of plastics products being used in various sectors. With the growing popularity of bioplastics, which was also highlighted at K 2013, it is inevitable that more countries in the Middle East and Africa will take the same direction and increasingly use bio-based materials. The possibilities are endless, and companies providing materials solutions are expected to com
  • Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2013-10
    This issue features a Special Supplement on K 2013, the world’s biggest trade exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry. With over 3,000 exhibitors, this event remains the best platform to introduce to the world the latest products and technologies. For professionals, the event is packed with valuable information. Asian companies have grown in number as the region continues to prove its worth in the global market. The Special Supplement provides the show’s highlights and a glimpse of the products on exhibit. Ringier’s Plastics and Rubber vertical also features a special section on K 2013 where we bring you the latest industry and product news. The advantageous elliptical lens design and roll mould method has yielded more benefits as solutions for optically-based cylindrical polymer/plastic materials processing, including the manufacturing of micro-structured optical-quality roll-surface engraved mould components used for the management and control of light. In another section, we also looked into the development of new compounds for the production of supe
  • International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2013-9
    This issue features a Special Supplement on K2013, the world's biggest trade exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry. With over 3000 exhibitors, this event has retained its lead and has served as the world premiere of the latest products and technologies of those engaged in plastics and rubber manufacturing. The Special Supplement provides the show's highlights and a glimpse of the products that will be exhibited. Ringier's Plastics and Rubber vertical also features a special section on K2013 where we bring you the latest industry and product news. The need to recycle plastics had led to the spread of useful information on its advantages and the latest technologies that can be applied. South Africa is one of the countries in the African region where industry players are taking active part in disseminating information on the importance of plastics. We covered one company that serves as link in educating the public and businesses on the various recycling methods and their benefits. The Middle East is a growing petrochemicals hub and the various major projec
  • Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2013-8
    In this issue we have post-show reports on three major trade exhibitions in Asia – Chinaplas, InterPlas Thailand and JEC Asia. Over the years, these shows have grown – in size and scope – that a large number of visitors now include these shows in their planning. The success of every edition of these shows reflects the highly dynamic Asian region’s plastics and rubber industry which international companies continue to explore. Several reports in this issue touched on automation and how important it is in ensuring uninterrupted and cost-efficient operations. In the injection moulding process, the use of robots has significantly reduced cost and enhanced quality. We also covered milestones of two leading companies in the industry. Borealis opened its catalysts plant in Austria and Lanxess inaugurated its butyl rubber facility in Singapore. Demand for raw materials has been on the rise in the past few years that companies have started to invest in ensuring stable supply of key materials. The medical sector has been benefiting from the R&D initiatives in material solut
  • International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2013-7
    Infrastructure development entails high demand for construction materials and supplies. This issue looks at the trend towards more complex plastic pipes with various functional layers and how extrusion machinery producers are responding to market needs. Aside from serving the technical requirements for the functionality of multi-layered pipes, the process technology concept for this complex system also plays a critical role where flexible solutions are always welcome. The medical and healthcare needs in the MENA region have encouraged the development of materials solutions catering to this sector. Medical devices and equipment benefit from the developments in engineering plastics where lightweight products are now manufactured at lower cost. A steady supply of catalysts is now assured in the wake of rising global demand. A leading provider of solutions in the fields of polyolefins, Borealis, recently opened its new catalyst plant in Linz, Austria. The move will also boost R&D through the research centre the company has set up. K 2013 is scheduled to take
  • Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2013-6
    T his issue carries another Special Supplement, this time InterPlas Thailand 2013. The annual Manufacturing Expo, of which InterPlas Thailand is one of the concurrent events, has been an important platform for companies wanting to explore the ASEAN market. The show has grown fast with new highlights added. We also included post-show reviews of two Asian shows that were well-attended this year. These exhibitions have taken a special place in the region’s plastic and rubber industry for being the launching pad of new processing technologies. A special report on engineering plastics provides an overview on the expanding properties of newly launched engineering plastics and how they have been well accepted as replacement for material, like metal, in the production of more consumer products. Lastly, the process of pellet screening has benefited from the release of a new system that addresses the concerns of materials producers and manufacturers of plastic products for consistency and quality.
  • International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2013-5
    Engineering plastics have played a key role in the manufacture of electronic products. Designers of computers and electronic components choose plastics for their toughness, durability, ease of fabrication into complex shapes and their electrical insulation qualities. The continuing miniaturisation of circuit boards and components increasingly relies on high-performance plastics to provide tough, dimensionally stable parts that can withstand both the stress of assembly and the strain of use. The packaging sector has been a recipient of technological advances. In this issue, we featured two companies engaged in packaging. One company provides an insight into the production of flexible packaging; the other presented its efficient filling and sealing system.CHINAPLAS 2013 Supplement focuses on Asia’s no. 1 exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry. With about 2,900 exhibitors from all over the world, the event has launched many value-added features that could very well give an insight into the future applications of plastics and rubber.
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