EPRO creates Best Recycled Awards

image_thumb[1]The European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations (EPRO) is inviting companies across Europe to enter their products and designs for products made from recycled plastics to enter for European recognition.  The EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product and Best Recycled Plastic Product Design is now open for entries at  http://bestproduct.epro-plasticsrecycling.org.  The aim of this competition is to raise awareness and showcase the latest product innovations for recycled plastics in a growing variety of products.  
Entries to the competition close on 10th October 2016 and there is no cost to enter.  Winners from the short-listed entries will be chosen at Identiplast 2017, due to take place in Austria 22nd and 23rd February 2017.  
Peter Sundt, Secretary General of EPRO said, “It is important that consumers and industry see the development in the recycling of plastics.   We see this award as being a vehicle to showcase the innovation within plastics recycling and the many products that are currently being manufactured across Europe”.

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Plastics – Trends and Perspectives

imageSince 1952, the K trade fair in Düsseldorf has been presenting tangible evidence of the plastics and rubber industry’s global success. The twentieth edition of the K trade fair in 2016 is no different: a benchmark and orientation point for the plastics and plastics processing industry.

Between 1950 and 2015, the consumption of plastics and rubber have risen by an average of 8.5 % per annum. Since the beginning of the new millennium, the growth rates have still been rising by between 4 and 5 %. They do, however, vary significantly from region to region, and change with the product and application.

imageThe rising global population and the overall improvement in living standards are the main factors that drive global growth. The effects of increasing prosperity can be seen in many markets for plastics application, spearheaded by packaging for food and convenience goods, but also in the variety of storage and shipping containers. Infrastructure and construction also require the use of plastics in water, electricity and gas supply systems, as well as in insulation, window profiles and many more. Another aspect is increasing mobility – in cars, lorries and airplanes. Medical engineering is one area of application where polymer materials have become indispensable: without safe, disposable and hygienic plastics products, technical dimageevices and systems, diagnostics, laboratory equipment and the safe application of medical drugs would not be able to comply with current quality standards. This also applies to our modern and widely appreciated sports and leisure products. In their markets, these applications, equipped with or entirely made of plastics or rubber, contribute to the global acceptance and proliferation of polymer materials.

In 2015, the association of European plastics producers, PlasticsEurope, reported a global plastics production volume of 322 million tonnes. A proportion of almost 270 million tonnes was attributed to polymer materials, i.e. materials used for the production of plastics applications. The remaining amount, about 50 million tonnes, were used for the production of coatings, adhesives, dispersions, lacquer or paint. Analyses of the same period published by the International Rubber Study Group IRSG show a global rubber production and consumption volume of almost 29 million tonnes, 12 million tonnes of which were attributed to natural rubber and almost 17 million tonnes were synthetic rubber.

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Moulding Expo and ISTMA to cooperate

imageThe Moulding Expo, the trade fair for tool, pattern and mould making, will take place from 30 May to 2 June 2017 at the Stuttgart trade fairgrounds and by now 150 exhibitors already registered for the event.
A (ISTMA) announced the admission of Messe Stuttgart into the ISTMA Global Partner Programme. Moulding Expo, which took place for the first time in May 2015, will benefit from the international network of ISTMA, with 19 national Associations and over 8000 companies from Argentina to Portugal and South Africa.
The cooperation with Moulding Expo, according to ISTMA, has great potential for the tool construction industry. “Our industry plays a central role for the design, engineering and development of new products in the most diverse sectors, for example aerospace, automotive, medical devices and the packaging industry,” says Manuel Oliveira, Secretary General of the ISTMA. “We are convinced that the cooperation between ISTMA and Moulding Expo will contribute to our sector coming even more into the public focus.”
For more information on Moulding Expo, click HERE.

Market Growth for BOPP films

imageA modest improvement in margins, along with continuing steady growth helped to lift investment confidence in the BOPP film industry last year – but not in China. After years when 60-70% of new capacity was being installed in China, the focus is now shifting to new markets and those with the highest growth potential. Over the next two years new manufacturing will be established in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas along with new lines for many of the industry’s more established players. This though will also drive the need for rationalisation of old capacity. The situation looks particularly risky for Europe’s less profitable players where the addition of new players in Poland and Russia is likely to drive the need for upwards of 100,000 tonnes of capacity to go if Europe is to return to the 80% utilisation rate achieved in 2010. This is the equivalent of 4 or 5 lines or potentially one or two producers.

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New Board for APIP

imagePedro Colaço (KLC) is the new Chairman of APIP (the Association of the Portuguese Pastics Industries), followed by Gonçalo Tomé (Plasfil) and Carlos Santos (Plastimar), leading a strong team with representation from the different areas af the industry. “To keep the associative work moving ahead, to face the challenges of the new times and combine capacities with knowledge to make APIP stronger, these are the leading goals for the new board” – said Mr. Pedro Colaço addressing the general meeting held in Marinha Grande on the 4th of May.

The complete new board is the following:

Board of Directors

President                                                                            Pedro Colaço (KLC)
Executive Vice-President                                                Gonçalo Tomé (Plasfil)
Finance Vice-President                                                   Carlos Santos    (Plastimar)
Vice-President Automotive & Technical Parts             Guida Figueiredo (Carfi)
Vice-President Packaging                                               Carlos Vicente (Logoplaste)
Vice-President Tubes & Profiles                                     Jorge Vicente Sousa (Fersil)
Vice-President Recycling                                                Ricardo Pereira (Sirplaste)
Vice-President Films & Sheets                                      Amaro Reis (Sacos 88)
Vice-President Equipments & Auxiliary                       Nuno Guimarães (Novagi)
Vice-President Raw Materials                                        António Alves Pereira (Repsol).

Table of the General Meeting

President                                             Duarte Champalimaud (GLN Plast)
Vice-President                                   Luis Vieira (Plasteuropa)
1st Secretary                                     Teresa Correia (Polipoli)
2nd Secretary                                     Florbela da Silva Domingues (Bourbon)

Audit Committee

President                                          Maria da Conceição Gomes (Probos)
Vice-President                                 Isabel Matos (Plimat)
Member                                            Silvino Farracho (Plasoeste)

The general meeting has elected Mr. Marcel de Botton, who activelly served as Chairman during the last decades, as Chairman Emeritus, considering is strong and vast contribution to APIP and the industry. “I am very proud of my industry. During all this time, many Portuguese companies succeeded and reach high international relevance and quality reputation in the automotive, other technical applications, films, tubes, packaging, recycling and other areas. Associations, as the companies, need new blood and energy. I’m sure that the new board will make APIP stronger” – said Mr. de Botton after the election.
João Cortez (Celoplás), Manuel Alegria (Simoldes) and Pedro Faria (Sival), who also served in the former APIP boards, will remain active in the Advisory Committee.

PO tense situation in Europe

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EU plastics converting companies (mainly SMEs) are facing serious difficulties since early 2015, due to limited availability of polymers. Since early March 2015, the EU polymer industry has declared new ‘force majeure’ Majeures on 66 occasions. This has exacerbated an already tense situation for the EU polyethylene and polypropylene markets and has driven polymer prices to levels not seen in the past decade. From March 2015 to May 2015, EU polymer prices increased by over 40 percent whilst oil prices remained at a record low. As a consequence of this situation, EU plastics converters submitted in 2015 45 requests for tariff suspensions and quotas in seven Member States.
The Polymers for Europe Alliance, initiated by the European Plastics Converters association (EuPC) in May 2015, brought this situation to the attention of the European Commission and the Economic Tariff Questions Group (ETQG), ahead of the July 2016 round of tariff suspension and quota requests. The Alliance emphasised the importance of these tariff suspension and quota requests for the future competiveness of the EU plastics converting industry. If EU plastics converters cannot get access to sufficient volumes of polymers, they will ultimately go out of business.

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K 2016: Print@home tickets available

e-Tickets for K 2016 from 19 to 26 October are available online HERE.
The eTicket offers dual benefits, as it saves time and money. Visitors can purchase their tickets online, print them out on their own printers or download them as codes, and then travel free of charge to the trade fair by bus and rail. The eTicket is also much cheaper than tickets bought on site. The 1-day ticket thus costs EUR 49, while the price over the counter in Düsseldorf is EUR 65. The 3-day ticket can be had for EUR 108 online, and for EUR 135 over the counter.
Anyone still looking for accommodation during K 2016 is well advised to make use of the services of Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH (DMT). This subsidiary of the city has the best overview of the hotels and private rooms available in Düsseldorf and environs during the world’s No. 1 trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry and will help you make your booking. Incidentally, the pressure in the hotel sector has eased further. Within Düsseldorf’s boundaries alone, some 1,000 new hotel beds have been created in the last few years, and in the neighbouring cities. DMT has put together its entire package of services for K 2016 online, available HERE.

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At K 2016, over 3,000 international exhibitors will be presenting their latest developments in the areas of machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industry, raw materials and auxiliaries, and semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics. Some 200,000 trade visitors from all over the world are expected at the trade fair.