PET expert sees circular economy and recycling trends steering packaging sector
- International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2013-1
- Arabplast is the leading trade exhibition in the Middle East and North African region and this issue carries a Special Supplement on the show with information on the region’s thriving plastics and rubber industry, as well as the products that are exhibited. This is an important event to catch if you would like to assess the MENA market and see what raw materials, technologies and machinery are in demand in this vast market. Another article features the recent developments in PET bottle-to-bottle recycling and the vital role played by a highly efficient extruder in cost control and environment protection. The focus on energy generation and how plastics are increasingly being used to tap renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, brings a realisation that opportunities in this sector abound and should not be underestimated. A special report by our MENA correspondent tackles the green technology challenge and how companies are moving towards the use of advanced technologies to minimise carbon footprint. Representatives from three leading companies prov
- Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2012-12
- Industrial activities in Asia have been picking up and with very positive economic growth forecast, the region will continue to be the ideal investment site for companies engaged in the plastics and rubber industry. Moreover, the current negotiations to create one of the world’s biggest trade pacts are seen as a positive move towards the integration of the region. Outlook 2013 is a Special Report released every last issue of the year to provide readers with trends and future developments in the plastics and rubber industry. The report gathers the insights of representatives from leading companies on factors that would affect their operations, how they look at Asia as market for their products and their plans for 2013 and beyond. This issue also looks at recent developments in the PET bottle recycling and how extruder plays an important role in achieving higher level of efficiency and cost control. Another article on researches in the use of polymer in the medical field focuses on the benefits of advanced materials in human lives.
- Africa Industrial Reporter 2012-12
- WITH increasing global demand for steel products and infrastructure development projects, iron ore exploration initiatives in West Africa will intensify in the near-to-long term, says Frost & Sullivan. According to Mining research analyst Christy Tawii, the steel market’s increasing iron ore consumption provides excellent opportunities to develop West Africa assets – mostly for export to China, whose voracious appetite will swallow approximately two-thirds of African iron ore. Intertwined with developments in the mining industry, which create jobs and improve economies even as they can lead to climate change, is food security. There are over a billion people across Africa, a large number of whom are malnourished. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 26.80% for the region’s 873 million population are undernourished, yet almost 60% of arable land in the continent is still not utilised. “It is time to move beyond subsistence agricultural production and consider ways of eventually embarking on agro-industrial production,” said Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chair of the African
- International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2012-11
- This issue carries the Outlook 2013, a Special Report released every last issue of the year to provide readers with trends and future developments in the plastics and rubber industry. The report gathers the insights of representatives from leading companies on factors that would affect their operations, how they look at the Middle East and Africa as market for their products, and their plans in the near-term. The Middle East and Africa are regions to watch in 2013 given the fact that they are projected to surpass the performance of the sluggish global economy. The plastics and rubber industry will definitely benefit from this scenario of industrial rebound and sustained demand. This issue carries an interview of a South African company whose innovative technology in pallet-making has earned it various recognitions. There is also an article on how plastic pipes are now being promoted in infrastructure projects and the benefits they bring. We also focused on carbon fibre, and how major automobile manufacturers are using the material to reduce weight and achieve fue
- Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2012-10
- The recent shortage of PA11 and PA12 has prompted manufacturers of high-end performance materials to come up with several alternatives. In this issue’s Material Focus, we had the chance to look at how Evonik has developed its new group of bio-based polyamides to meet the growing demand for such materials by various industries. Another industry that has taken a full turn towards the use of biodegradable materials is packaging. A recent partnership aims to bring companies and communities closer to zero-waste through the use of biopolymer technology that will make compostable snack packaging. Advances in the design and technology to produce gearboxes have provided ample opportunities to cut energy consumption. Understanding the role played by a gearbox in the extruder as an important component has yielded new models that have contributed to cost-efficient and stable production. This issue also carries some of the interesting products that will be launched this month at one of Europe’s important shows for the plastics and rubber industry. These machines are the outc
- Africa Industrial Reporter 2012-10
- Positioned as Ringier has been in China for nearly 15 years, we have witnessed the country’s phenomenal growth and eventual rise to the world’s second largest economy. We have seen the Mainland’s domestic industrialisation, first spurred by foreign direct investments and then through prudent intervention by the national government. Today, of course, China is now itself an investor in many developing countries. Turning our eye on the promise of Africa seems in the norm of things - part of our mission to keep reporting about emerging markets and the technological options available to fledgling industries as well as groups ready for expansion. Here as well as in our online portal, we offer a range of products and leads for various industries. Our focus in this edition is on the power generation, particularly in Nigeria, where the demand for electricity far outstrips supply. Yet modernisation of the national power grid and transport system is essential for further development and to attract more foreign investment.
- International Plastics News, Middle East & Africa 2012-9
- This issue carries a Special Supplement on TaipeiPlas 2012, Taiwan's biggest show for the plastics and rubber industry. It is an exhibition worth visiting as Taiwan is now a major industrial base and ranks as the world's 5th biggest producer and 4th biggest exporter of plastic and rubber processing products. This year, we expect the show to present the best that Taiwan-based machinery exporters can offer to the world. Visit our online show coverage to get more details on the exhibitors and their products at www.industrysourcing.com. The packaging industry brings out the innovative spirit of those who are engaged in offering products and services. The industry has benefited from the host of breakthrough technologies and materials that it has now become easier and faster to design more attractive, lightweight packaging products. A large number of companies are now looking at Africa as vast market for their products. In Ghana, one plastic products manufacturer decided to order several machinery to support the launch of its new products. This is one scenario that mos
- Int'l Plastics News for Asia 2012-8
- This issue carries a Special Supplement on TaipeiPlas 2012, Taiwan's biggest show for the plastics and rubber industry. Over the years, Taiwan has been able to strengthen its industrial base that it is now ranked as the world's 5th biggest producer and 4th biggest exporter of plastic and rubber processing products. This year, we expect the show to present Taiwan-based machinery exporters in full force as they showcase their latest products to the world. Visit our online show coverage to get more details on the exhibitors and their products at www.industrysourcing.com. Composites as a material of choice for applications demanding lightweight and durability are the focus of another review on JEC Asia. We also looked at recent developments in medical plastics and how innovative materials from leading manufacturers are creating a big difference in improving the lives of people. Aside from implants and devices, packaging for medical supplies now provides all the enhanced properties needed to support the products'life-saving functions. Normita Tan-Guerrero
GD Propack Co., Ltd., has decades of experience in injection molding services, as well as labeling and IML, according to Teerasate Charoenpoonsiri, General Manager.
At the EuroBLECH 2018 exhibition, Bystronic is presenting the networked world of sheet metal processing.
Flavouring technologies that use nutritionally-balanced ingredients are best for reformulating meat recipes, writes DIMITRIOS TZOUVELEKIS*.