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  • Free-to-attend virtual forums analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global plastics industry

    Free-to-attend virtual forums analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global plastics industry

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our free-to-attend Plastics and the Pandemic virtual forum series. This series will focus on analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global plastics industry and will be held over three consecutive Tuesdays on 21 July, 28 July and 4 August 2020.

    Attend the forum series to:

    > Hear the results of AMI's survey into how the global plastics industry has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and how it is reacting
    > Help future-proof your business with insights from industry leaders and AMI consultants
    > Examine models that forecast how the industry could recover, including the potential for market and economic scarring
    > Explore the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on plastics recycling and the image of the plastics industry

     

    Secure your free place now

  • Webinar: Forecasting the impact of coronavirus

    Webinar: Forecasting the impact of coronavirus

    The coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic has created significant disruption across global markets with far-reaching effects across personal and professional life. 

    This social and economic shock has resulted in market uncertainty across the global plastics industry. Disruption to raw materials supply and distribution logistics are one aspect of how markets have had to rapidly adapt to meet changing patterns of demand.

    To help understand the impact coronavirus has had on your industry, David Buckby, Principal Global Resin Analyst at AMI, discusses forecasting the impact of coronavirus on economies and plastics markets in this free to watch webinar.

     

    Forecasting the impact of coronavirus on economies and plastics market

    Presenter:  David Buckby, Principal Global Resin Analyst, AMI

    Length: 22 minutes 

    Cost: Free

    Watch it here

     

    David will be speaking at our new event Plastics and the Pandemic, 21st July 2020, Virtual Forum

    Contact david.buckby@ami.international for further information

     

     

  • Free webinar: Trends in thermally conductive plastics compounds

    Free webinar: Trends in thermally conductive plastics compounds

     

    AMI is pleased to announce the first in a series of free webinars we are hosting so you can keep up to date with the latest industry news and stay in touch with your industry.

     

    Trends in thermally conductive plastics compounds

    Presenter: Chris Smith, Editor, Compounding World magazine

    Length: 15 minutes 

    Cost: Free

    Watch it here

     

    Chris will be speaking at the following events in 2020:

    Compounding World Expo Europe, 7-8 October, Messe Essen Germany

    Compounding World Expo North America, 4-5 November, The Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

    Conductive Plastics conference, 1-2 December, Munich Marriott Hotel, München, Germany


  • Optimism for BOPP Film market in face of Covid-19 supply side turbulence

    Optimism for BOPP Film market in face of Covid-19 supply side turbulence

    The BOPP film industry is facing a number of challenges creating significant trading turbulence; resin price fluctuations, trade tariffs, trade barriers and currency shocks all affect working capital and business planning. Companies are acting more cautiously than in previous years in the face of this economic turbulence and financial risk. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, with disruption to raw materials supply and distribution logistics.

    Even with this multitude of factors being present, the BOPP film industry has seen an improvement in margins overall since its low point of two years ago thanks to a reduction in overcapacity and more favourable raw materials prices.

    Read the full press release here

  • Covid-19 pandemic impacts the supply chain for wind turbine blades in 2020 after an exceptional growth phase between 2017-2019

    Covid-19 pandemic impacts the supply chain for wind turbine blades in 2020 after an exceptional growth phase between 2017-2019

    AMI Consulting estimates that global demand for materials (in weight) for the production of wind turbine blades grew at an average rate of 12.5% p.a. between 2017 and 2019. Demand growth has been particularly strong in Asia and North America. The “PTC bubble” in the US and China’s 13th Five Year Plan on Energy Development (2016-2020) are the two main drivers for the fast growth seen between 2017 and 2019. In turn this has made 2020 a critical year for both China and the US, the two largest wind energy markets in the world.

    The industry had anticipated blade production to reach a peak in 2020, all driven by government incentives. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a clear impact on the wind turbine blades supply chain in this critical year. 

    Read the full press release here

  • IKEA to speak at AMI’s Polymer Foam conference

    IKEA to speak at AMI’s Polymer Foam conference

    AMI has just released the programme for Polymer Foam 2020. The conference takes place on 5 – 6 October 2020 at the Messe Essen, Essen, Germany. This will be the eighth time the conference has been held in Europe which is now well established as an important meeting place for the international industry.

    Expert speakers from Ikea, BASF, Pyrowave, Borealis and more have been confirmed to speak on the latest developments in technologies, materials and processes.

    Key presentations include:

    • ‘Everybody wants to get a good night’s sleep’ presented by Ms Caroline McGarvey, Sustainability Manager for Ikea Range and Supply  
    • ‘Enabling plastic (polystyrene) circularity’ presented by Mr. Jocelyn Doucet, President of Pyrowave
    • ‘Innovative particle foams for versatile applications’ presented by Dr. Florian Rapp, Research Engineer Thermoplastic Foams at BASF

    This year’s programme features high-level industry experts from across Europe and beyond, including sessions on particle foam innovations, chemical foaming and sustainability. Participants will be able to join the conversation with expert panellists about practical solutions and developments for the sustainability of foams. This year’s panel will answer questions and promote an audience wide discussion on this key topic for the industry, which presents many opportunities and challenges in today’s climate.

    Bringing together key representatives and decision makers from all areas of the foam market in both industry and academia, this conference is an ideal place to study the marketplace and stay up to date with the latest innovations in cellular polymers.

    The full programme is available on the AMI website: www.ami.ltd/event-foam

  • Covid-19 pandemic accelerates the trend for efficiency in crop production

    Covid-19 pandemic accelerates the trend for efficiency in crop production

    Agricultural productivity and output have increased significantly over the past sixty years, plastic agricultural films has made a fundamental contribution to this development. The agricultural sector is challenged with the task of feeding a rapidly growing world population while managing increased scarcity of resources such as water, agricultural land and soil. In order to meet these challenges, agriculture is a key sector for technological innovation where concepts including smart farming, precision agriculture, and the use of innovative agricultural films for productivity improvements are increasingly prevalent.

    The 2020 edition of AMI’s Agricultural films – The global market report is the result of an extensive research programme, providing a detailed independent assessment of this industry in times of uncertainty as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report quantifies demand and production of film for silage, mulch and greenhouse applications as well as the relevant sub-applications for each of the three types of film in each world region with a five-year forecast.

    Read the full press release: Covid-19_pandemic_accelerates_the_trend_for_efficiency_in_crop_production

  • Global mechanical recycling capacity expected to grow to 77 million tonnes by 2030 despite Covid-19 slowdown 2020-2022

    Global mechanical recycling capacity expected to grow to 77 million tonnes by 2030 despite Covid-19 slowdown 2020-2022

    As the recycling industry restructures itself and settles down following the Chinese National Sword Policy, it is clear that the reliance of countries on being able to export their waste, along with recyclers dependence on imports for feedstock, cannot be guaranteed.  The only truly sustainable solution is for domestic waste collection and recycling infrastructure to be adequate to deal with the domestic demand, creating national self-sufficiency.  

    Over 36 million tonnes of recyclate was produced globally in 2019.  Although PET has the highest capture rate of waste, PE makes up the largest volumes of recyclate production.  All regions (other than South East Asia) are expected to see an increase in recycling capacity by 2030, contributing to global capacity of over 77 million tonnes by 2030.  

    Read the full press release here: Global mechanical recycling capacity expected to grow to 77 million tonnes by 2030 despite Covid-19 slowdown 2020-2022

  • Covid-19 takes a bite out of the artificial grass market

    Covid-19 takes a bite out of the artificial grass market

    AMI Consulting has published the eighth edition of its authoritative report on the Artificial Grass market. The market has grown strongly in recent years but is currently suffering the impact of Covid-19 on global demand. A key feature of the industry is the way that its structure keeps changing in response to new technology, new opportunities and new strategies.

    Read the full press release

  • New dates announced for the Chemical Recycling 2020 conference

    New dates announced for the Chemical Recycling 2020 conference

    AMI has announced that its inaugural edition of the Chemical Recycling conference, which was due to take place on 30 June – 1 July 2020, has been rescheduled due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak across Europe. The event will now take place on 3 – 4 November 2020, in the same location of Hamburg, Germany. 

    Many of the original speakers confirmed they will be presenting, and the programme has been re-released. Speaking companies confirmed to return include BASF, Plastics Europe, Plastic Energy, Eastman Chemical Company, Chemical Recycling Europe and Neste.  Expert speakers will present on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the chemical recycling of plastics. This interactive conference will also feature panel and round table discussions and group Q&A sessions.

    Helping to overcome the limitations of traditional plastics recycling, chemical recycling has in recent years become a major focus of research, development and discussion for the plastics industry. This event comes at a key point when advanced recycling techniques are facing major media attention and there is a strong focus on the circular economy to meet both international and national plastic recycling targets.

    Booking is now available at the ‘early booking’ rate of €965* for delegate places, using the code EB1075.

    See the programme and book your place here: www.ami.ltd/event-chem-recycling

    For further information on attending, exhibiting or sponsoring this event, please contact Ms. Olivia Poole, Conference Organiser on Tel: +44 117 314 8111 or Olivia.poole@ami.international

    *Prices may be subject to VAT.​ Please note, discount codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

  • AMI announces co-located conferences to run the day before their North American plastics expos

    AMI announces co-located conferences to run the day before their North American plastics expos

    AMI, a leading provider of information, market intelligence and events for the global plastics industry for over 20 years’, announces a series of one-day conferences co-located with their November trade shows in the USA. The conferences, taking place November 3, 2020 at the Huntingdon Convention Center, bring together experts to discuss Performance Polyamides, 3D Printing Plastics and Plastics Regulations. A fourth one-day event, Developing the Modern Workforce, is jointly organized with Plastics News and runs at the same time.

    Performance Polyamides welcomes the international supply-chain for a full-day of high-level presentations exploring the latest technical and application developments, market trends and topical challenges happening in the industry. Find out more here.

    3D Printing Plastics explore the developments, production and applications of innovative polymers and compounds for 3D printing and other rapid manufacturing technologies. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is growing globally with increasingly customized materials being used to fulfil the expanding scope of applications. Find out more here.

    Plastics Regulations provide​s expert analysis and guidance on a range of international legislative and regulatory issues that impact on polymer producers, compounders, processors, and end users doing business in the US and beyond. The conference will provide a rare opportunity to gain focused advice on a range of compliance issues. Find out more here.

    Developing the Modern Workforce jointly organized by AMI and Plastics News addresses issues involved with developing today’s workforce and coming up with fresh tools to attract and retain workers and sustain long-term growth. The conference will look at all areas of workforce development, including attracting future leaders and both white and blue-collar employees that meet the needs of a plastics processing company. Find out more here.

    The conferences bring together key players from across the world to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. With shared networking breaks, lunches and a joint networking reception to close the day there are lots of opportunity to widen your network.

    All attendees of these conferences have the opportunity to register for free attendance at AMI’s USA trade shows; Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo, Plastics Extrusion World Expo and Polymer Testing World Expo.

    For more information, or to register to attend, please contact AMI Conferences at conferences@ami.international

  • Composites in Rail conference rescheduled to October 2020

    Composites in Rail conference rescheduled to October 2020

    AMI has announced that its Composites in Rail conference, due to take place in Berlin, Germany on 3-4 June, has now been postponed to 8-9 October 2020. The event will still take place at the Mercure Hotel MOA in Berlin, Germany. Uncertainty created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) led to the decision to delay the event. 

    Jordaine Minchin, Conference Producer AMI Composites Portfolio, comments “Following consultation with speakers, exhibitors and attendees we’ve made the difficult decision to reschedule the event. It’s a very challenging time, but we’re receiving lots of support from the industry and are looking forward to catching up in person at the event!”

    The conference is returning to Berlin for the second edition following a successful launch in 2019. Attendee places will all be transferred to the new dates and most of the programme will remain the same. We will be working closely with event partners, National Composite Centre, to fill any gaps that appear in the agenda.

    Speakers confirmed to return include Karim Slimani, from SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français), Rocio Ruiz Gallardo from AIMPLAS, Frank ten Napel from Toray Advanced Composites and Eduardo de la Guerra from Talgo.

    See the programme and save the new date in your calendar here: www.ami.ltd/composites-rail

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