• AMI predicts a positive future for Global Chemical Recycling sector

    AMI predicts a positive future for Global Chemical Recycling sector

    AMI, Bristol 09/09/2020 – AMI Consulting has published its brand-new report on the global Chemical Recycling industry. The report provides a comprehensive view of the current status of chemical recycling of commodity polymers, market drivers, growth dynamics as well as a forecast for future development.

    The amount of plastic waste in the environment has become a major concern for both regulators and the general public. There has been a huge drive towards sustainability and the ‘circular economy’ in recent years. Legislative measures are being introduced to curb the plastic waste production and to include more recycled content into everyday products, with Europe leading the way. Significant volumes of waste had been exported to China, until in 2018 China introduced its National Sword policy, which effectively banned the import of plastic waste, leaving many nations without a destination for their plastic waste. In addition, many brands are proactively looking to include more recycled content on their packaging.  

    Recycling technologies currently in operation, largely based on mechanical recycling, are not suited to processing a significant portion of post-consumer waste. Emerging chemical recycling technologies are, however, capable of addressing this fraction.

    Read the full press release here: AMI predicts a positive future for Global Chemical Recycling sector

  • PP Compounds aid switch to electric vehicles

    PP Compounds aid switch to electric vehicles

    According to our new authoritative report published in September 2020, market penetration for Polypropylene Compounds is rising despite a slowdown in demand in 2020 triggered by Covid-19. The shift towards electric and hybrid electric vehicles, while threatening some existing underhood applications, is creating major new opportunities for PP Compounds in lightweighting and power management. Underway in the automotive industry are major changes in the supply-chain with many businesses facing existential threats even before the impact of Covid-19. The shift to electric vehicles and the prospect of autonomous vehicles puts pressure on OEMs as never before and opens doors for new entrants such as Tesla but with others following. These are choppy waters for companies to navigate through. PP/PP Compounds bring some inherent benefits such as low density but also have seen sufficient technical development to enable them better to compete in semi-structural applications.

    Read the full press release here: PP Compounds aid switch to electric vehicles

  • Global insights to the pandemic

    Global insights to the pandemic

    The global plastics industry has not escaped the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many manufacturing operations around the world forced to close by lockdown restrictions while others have been running flat out to meet spiralling demand for medical protective equipment and other key essentials such as food packaging.

    But quantifying just how this has impacted on plastics businesses around the world at an operational level, and identifying what it means for their immediate and longer term business and development plans, has been a challenge.

    Over the period from 24 June to 5 July 2020, AMI carried out a comprehensive survey of experiences and future expectations of plastics companies from around the world covering all the major end-use application markets from packaging and medical through to automotive and construction. 

    The results of this survey provide a detailed assessment of the immediate impact, the short-term response, and the long-term impact on business planning and future market expectations. 

    Download for free now

  • Plastics and the Pandemic - Now available on-demand!

    Plastics and the Pandemic - Now available on-demand!

    The free-to-attend Plastics and the Pandemic virtual forum series was held during July and August which focused on analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global plastics industry.

    The entire series is now available to watch on-demand!  Watch for free now

    Session 1: Industry leaders discuss "how the plastics industry is reacting to the Covid-19 crisis and what happens next". See representatives from Plastics Industry Association, EuPC, JiaRui International Management and AMI.

    Session 2: Leading industry speakers Andrew Reynolds, Mike Boswell, David Buckby and Chris Smith discuss “what effect Covid-19 has had on polymer supply, demand and pricing”

    Session 3: Hear our panel of industry leaders including Kevin Vyse, Robert Render, Christine Leveque, Chris Slijkhuis, Lizzy Carroll, David Buckby and David Eldridge discuss “the impact of Covid-19 on recycling, sustainability and the image of plastics”. 

    You can also download the supporting presentations: 

    • Industry survey - Global insights to the pandemic
    • Recovery scenarios and plastics market, theory and evidence
    • Global recycling and the pandemic - an AMI perspective

    Download the supporting presentations

  • 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 for further information



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