• LATI, Continental Brakes, and Diehl Metering to present at AMI’s Wear-Resistant Plastics Conference

    LATI, Continental Brakes, and Diehl Metering to present at AMI’s Wear-Resistant Plastics Conference


    Wear-Resistant Plastics Conference will take place in Düsseldorf 12-13 December 2019

    The second edition of Wear-Resistant Plastics provides a unique forum to evaluate and debate the latest advancements in polymer tribology, and explore how they can open new applications, particularly in metal replacement.

    Industry experts will discuss innovative methods for optimising the wear and friction properties of plastics components, such as gears, bearings, conveyors wheels and seals.

    Looking at a variety of technical applications in markets including automotive, electrical and industrial, the comprehensive programme takes a critical look at topical issues including the modification of compounds through lubrication, the use of new additives, and testing as a way to measure success.

    New for this year is a speed networking session and academy-led round table discussions, designed to maximise your opportunity to exchange ideas and establish business relationships which extend beyond the scope of the conference.

    The two-day programme will commence with a market overview examining how tribological applications have progressed sine last year’s conference. The rest of day one will investigate applications into plastics gear, innovative methods to improve tribological properties, and modification through lubrication, including a presentation from LATI and Continental Brakes on the development of self-lubricating sleeves for steel cables.

    Day two’s sessions will commence with a session on testing including Diehl Metering presenting on the correlation between numerical simulations, laboratory tests and product lifetime to save time and money.

    Wear-Resistant Plastics 2019 brings together representatives of the entire supply chain, offering unrivalled opportunities to network, exchange experience and learn through interaction with colleagues, suppliers, customers and competitors.

    To find out more information and for the full programme, click here.

    For further information on attending, exhibiting or sponsoring this event, please contact Ms. Grace Midgley, Conference Organiser, on Tel: +44 117 314 8111 or

  • Big move in the single serve capsules industry towards aluminium capsules

    Big move in the single serve capsules industry towards aluminium capsules

    Over the years, plastic proprietary capsules systems and Nespresso compatible plastic alternatives have grown rapidly, claiming the lion’s share of the global single serve capsules market. Aluminium accounts for a quarter of market, but tables are turning again in favour of this traditional solution.

    Aluminium is infinitely recyclable and Nespresso has put all the efforts in establishing the collection and recycling infrastructure for its used capsules. Following Nespresso’s open invitation in March 2019 to join in forces in its recycling scheme, more and more capsules manufacturers are considering Aluminium as their material of choice and the end-of-life option that it offers. The brands which already switched from plastic into Aluminium are L’Or, Café Royal, Dualit, Colonna, Roastworks and more to come. 

    According to Nespresso’s press release, by inviting other portioned coffee manufacturers to join its scheme, Nespresso hopes to improve the accessibility and convenience of Aluminium capsule recycling. Companies joining the program will also take part in defining the funding and governance model for this the service.

    To find out more, take a look at our authoritative report on the global market for single serve capsules: SINGLE SERVE BEVERAGE CAPSULES - MARKET OVERVIEW

  • Single ply roofing membranes gain market share

    Single ply roofing membranes gain market share

    According to our new report, published in May 2019, polymer based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs. The impact of single ply's share gain on the bitumen roofing specialists has been significant and now many of the stronger ones also sell single ply.

    The report’s author Sylvia Tabero says that “Construction activity has strengthened in Europe in the last few years driving significant growth in demand for single ply roofing membranes. The market is shifting towards lighter weight and faster construction techniques which benefits single ply at the expense of bitumen membranes. Another major influence is the growth in on-line shopping which is driving demand for new logistics buildings.”

    Read the full press release here: Single ply roofing membranes gain market share

  • The impact of tethered caps regulation on the European caps and closures industry

    The impact of tethered caps regulation on the European caps and closures industry

    Sustainability is the key driver in the European plastic caps and closures industry; market development initiatives have so far been supported by the three pillars of sustainability, whereby environmental gains are commercially viable and socially accepted. The current regulatory context concerning the Single Use Plastics directive creates shifts the pillars out of balance, creating uncertainty in the value chain.

    Our new report contextualises the new industry challenges and quantifies the impact of the changing regulations over demand.  

    The European closures industry has been proactive for well over a decade to reduce the use of virgin material in both neck finish and closures. Lightweighting has been the most important driver of change. The last industry step-change within beverage closures was the shift towards 1-piece beverages caps and away from 2-piece caps, coinciding with the adoption of the PCO1881 bottle neck standard. Concomitant with raw material reduction are savings in energy, lower CO2 emissions in logistics and consequently - cost savings. 

    Read the full press release here: The impact of tethered caps regulation on the Eueopean caps and closures industry

  • Successful debut of Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo in North America

    Successful debut of Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo in North America

    Three exhibitions focused on plastics compounding, recycling and extrusion made their highly successful US debuts in Cleveland, Ohio this month. The Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo attracted a total of 261 exhibitors and 4,375 visitors to the Huntington Convention Center on 8-9 May 2019.

    “We are absolutely delighted with the response to our exhibitions, which were very well supported by the North American extrusion, recycling and compounding industries” said Rita Andrews, head of exhibitions at AMI, the organiser of the event. “We’ve had extremely positive feedback about the Cleveland shows from exhibitors and visitors alike”.

    Michael Krause, general manager with one of the Compounding World Expo exhibitors, BPC Toll Compounding and Blending, said:  “In the first three hours it was equivalent for a couple of days at the NPE show. It’s more focused on compounding and people that came by were interested in the topic.”

    Steve DeSpain, president and general manager at Reifenhäuser Inc, an exhibitor in the Plastics Extrusion World Expo, added: “The expo has been well attended and presenting [in the conference theatre] led a lot of people to our stand, which is great!”

    Read the full press release here:
    Successful debut of Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo in North America

  • Compounding World Expo shortlisted for exhibition award

    Compounding World Expo shortlisted for exhibition award

    The Compounding World Expo has been selected as a finalist for two prestigious awards organised by the Association of Event Organisers (AEO). The debut expo, which took place in Essen, Germany in 2018, has been shortlisted for the Best Tradeshow Launch and for the Best International Show – Europe.

    “We are delighted that the success of the Compounding World Expo has been recognised in the AEO Excellence Awards 2019,” said Rita Andrews, AMI’s head of exhibitions. “AMI has a long history of organising conferences, but the Compounding World Expo was our first big tradeshow, so it’s a fantastic result to be shortlisted alongside lots established players,” she added.

    Other finalists in the two categories include events organised by market-leading international exhibition companies such as Reed, Informa, EasyFairs and Clarion.

    The first Compounding World Expo and Recycling World Expo attracted 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors to Messe Essen in Germany. The new focused event was very positively received by exhibiting companies and by visitors who came from as far afield as Brazil, South Africa and China.

    “The focused nature of the expo worked very well for visitors from the plastics compounding sector,” explained Andy Beevers, events director at AMI. “They could meet with key suppliers and participate in highly relevant conference sessions all under one roof. Similarly for exhibitors, the clear focus of the events meant they were meeting large numbers of visitors with a very specific interest in their products and services”.

    The second Compounding World Expo is taking place in Cleveland, Ohio on 8-9 May, and is building on the success of the launch event with even more exhibitors. The exhibition will return to Essen, Germany next year on 3-4 June 2020.




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