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The countdown continues: Just two months to go until Interplas

Billed as the 'must attend' event for the plastics industry both in the UK and further afield, Interplas 2014 is set to throw wide its doors in just two months. more »

Jul 23, 2014 Events

BPF 'banks' meeting in high-profile setting

The British Plastics Federation briefed the Bank of England on business conditions in the UK's £19 billion plastics industry last week. more »

Jul 22, 2014 Industry News

Plastribution does the school run at local enterprise event

Representatives from plastics raw material distributor, Plastribution, went back to the classroom recently in order to give guidance and advice to students undertaking an Enterprise Challenge Event organised by Loughborough Univesity. more »

Jul 15, 2014

Nampak puts a big tick in the box for responsible business

Nampak Plastics, a UK producer of plastic milk bottles, was last week awarded a Big Tick at the Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. more »

Jul 15, 2014

Medical conference to get to the heart of technical moulding

Engel is holding a series of events on medical moulding during 2014, with live demonstrations and specialist lectures covering a number of challenging areas including cleanliness, maximum product safety and economic efficiency. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Machinery

Recycled plastic bird sculpture nests on landfill site

A dramatic land sculpture of birds made from recycled plastics has been installed on a landfill site at Elland near Halifax as part of Yorkshire’s celebrations of the Tour de France. more »

Jul 7, 2014 Environment

Industry partnerships key to reversing recycling rate plateau

Plastic bottle recycler, Closed Loop Recycling, has said that the answer to the UK’s plateauing recycling rates lies in creating “innovative industry partnerships, with all aspects of the supply chain working together to achieve a common goal”. more »

Jul 7, 2014

Plastics companies should go back to the classroom, says BPF President

BPF President, Mike Boswell, has stressed the need for improved careers advice with an industry emphasis in Britain's schools, in a bid to enlarge the pool of young talent prepared to seriously consider manufacturing as a career option. more »

Jun 30, 2014

Bayer to close German polycarbonate sheet plant

Bayer MaterialScience is to close its site for the production of polycarbonate sheet in Darmstadt, Germany, in an effort to consolidate its business for “long term viability” and to “remain competitive.” more »

Jun 30, 2014 Industry News

Case Study: Swiss precision using TPE

Whenever fractions of a millimeter have to be measured in the lab or shop, a vernier caliper is needed. This measuring instrument, whether mechanical or digital, is standard equipment for many types of manual tasks. more »

Materials

New rheometer adapts to the user

Industrial QA/QC laboratories that analyse the rheological properties of a wide variety of samples can now increase efficiency and reduce user error with an intelligent rheometer that adapts to an individual’s measurement routines and conditions. more »

Machinery

Chester Zoo Goes Wild with Recycled Plastic

Chester Zoo is using recycled plastics for some of its enclosures and signage in replace of traditional materials such as plywood. more »

Jun 13, 2014 Environment

Plastic bottle tops turn to pounds for local charity

Local Rotarian and Church groups have collected over 4.5 million milk bottle tops in a community charity plastics recycling initiative which will see them receive a cheque for £1,080 from The CK Group, a European provider of recycled plastic regrind. more »

Jun 10, 2014

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Upcoming exhibitions, conferences, fairs, markets and symposia for the plastics and rubber industries.

  • Interplas 2014

    Interplas is the UK’s largest plastics industry exhibition and the only event to cover all of the manufacturing processes, technologies and services within the plastics industry. more »

  • Plastimagen

    Plastimagen 2014 will be the 19th edition of the show, highlighted as an important business forum for the plastics industry in Mexico and Latin America. more »

  • PlastEurasia

    Plast Eurasia is one of the largest plastics trade fairs in the world, with its last outing in 2013 hosting over 1000 exhibitors from 40 countries across nine halls. more »

  • NPE 2015

    As one of the world’s largest plastics trade show and conferences, NPE 2015 will bring together all sectors of the industry, verticals and peripheral markets, as well as end markets or brand owners, attracting some 60,000 plastics professionals. more »

  • Plastindia 2015

    Now in its ninth edition, Plastindia 2015 is excepted to be the biggest to date, with organisers expecting approximately 50,000 visitors and 2000 exhibitors from across 40 nations at a showcase extending across 125,000 sq. mts. more »

  • PLAST 2015

    The 17th edition of the European plastics and rubber trade show. The exhibition takes place every three years, with the last outing in 2012 attracting over 50,000 visitors and 1,514 exhibitors from 58 countries. The foreign visitors accounted for nea more »

  • Chinaplas 2015

    Chinaplas is the largest plastics and rubber fair in the Asia Pacific region. Chinaplas 2015 is expected to have an exhibition area of over 230,000 sqm, with some 120,000 visitors and 3,000 exhibitors expected over the course of the event. more »

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