Features

Sugarcane mailing bags are first class thanks to UK partnership

International polymer distribution company, Resin Trade Ltd, has selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK, to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol. more »

Sep 16, 2014 Materials

Plastic design competition winner hits the right chord

Showcasing the very best of the UK’s pool of talent in plastics design, this year’s student DIP Awards didn’t fail to deliver some of the most innovative and impressive new ideas from Universities across the country. more »

Industry News

Borealis signs agreement to acquire DuPont share in Speciality Polymers Antwerp

Borealis has acquired full ownership of Speciality Polymers Antwerp, after it bought DuPont’s share in the joint venture for an undisclosed sum. more »

Sep 16, 2014 Materials

New moulding machine is a snip for Trimfix

Kent-based trade moulder, Trimfix, has recently commissioned and installed a new injection moulding machine for repeatability and reliability when producing demanding technical parts. more »

Sep 16, 2014 Machinery

Thermoformed cockpit canopy helps ‘Guard the Galaxy’

Originally used as a strong, lightweight solution for Spitfire canopies back in 1938, Perspex acrylic has made the leap from aircraft to space ship in this summer’s Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. more »

Sep 9, 2014

Things are looking swell for Elasto UK

Elasto UK, part of the Hexpol TPE group, has reported a growing demand for its Dryflex WS range of hydrophilic or 'water swellable' TPEs. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Materials

UK’s top manufacturers and producers of EPS sign code of practice

The British Plastic Federation’s EPS members have signed up to a commitment to product excellence, have signed up to a commitment to product excellence, technical and professional standards and the highest levels of customer care. more »

Sep 1, 2014 Industry News

Outlook remains healthy for UK manufacturers says CBI survey

Expectations for manufacturing output growth in the next three months are strong, despite an easing of pace over the past quarter, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey. more »

Sep 1, 2014 Industry News

3D Printing to generate $1.4 billion in plastics sales in 2019, report finds

According to “Plastics In 3D Printing Markets: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast,” the market for polymers used in 3D printing has already reached $310 million and will grow to $1.4 billion by 2019. more »

Sep 1, 2014 Industry News

Visual artist takes Direct approach to sensory sculpture

An artist has created a sensory sound and light sculpture from 1,000 nylon rods that will be used for display at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. more »

Sep 1, 2014 Materials

Capitalise on opportunities in composites with the help of Interplas conference

The opportunities composites offer to the plastics industry will be discussed in depth at Interplas 2014, with the latest line of speakers in the ‘Netcomposites’ conference session announced today. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Interplas 2014

Faerch Plast set to double production capacity at UK plant

Food packaging specialist, Faerch Plast, is set to double production capacity in the UK following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and 11 associated thermoformers at its Durham-based manufacturing facility by early 2015. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Industry News

Flexible finance makes buying used machines a snip

Supplier of pre-owned injection moulding machinery, STVconnect, says that the company’s continued growth is an indication that more business owners are realising the benefits of purchasing refurbished machinery. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Machinery

BPI cuts waste levels by “one third in six years”

Polythene manufacturer, BPI Group, has revealed it has slashed its packaging waste by one third in the past six years. more »

Aug 19, 2014

New Advisory Service to assist with recycling insurance claims

Resource recovery specialist, Axion Consulting, has introduced an ‘Engineering Advisory Service’ to assist with insurance claims for recycling and waste reprocessing plants that have been damaged by fire, explosion or other catastrophic events. more »

Aug 19, 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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