• Dai Nippon Printing, Thai Packaging Association & UFlex all confirmed to speak at Specialty Packaging Films Virtual Summit

    Dai Nippon Printing, Thai Packaging Association & UFlex all confirmed to speak at Specialty Packaging Films Virtual Summit

    [AMI, BRISTOL, UK 1 March 2021] AMI, leading provider of market intelligence and events for the global plastics industry, has recently released the agenda for the Specialty Packaging Films Virtual Summit, taking place on 23-25 March 2021 from 1.30pm ICT. 

    This three-day virtual programme will offer attendees the chance to update their technical and market knowledge from anywhere in the world, addressing key issues such as sustainability, enhancement of barrier properties in multilayer structures and food packaging safety.

    With increasing public awareness and support of sustainable packaging initiatives in Asia, the pace of new developments is accelerating. The 2021 conference will explore sustainable pack design and end of life options, including the latest mono-material solutions and compostable films. The enhancement of barrier properties in multilayer structures is also seeing significant development, helping boost shelf life and prevent product waste. Leading plastics processing experts will share new innovations in high barrier film solutions, including advances in polyolefins, additives and films. Food packaging safety is of critical importance, but it can be complicated to navigate and keep abreast of changing rules. The conference will look at current regulations for food contact materials and other key considerations such as reduction of VOCs.

    Key sessions include:

    'New and innovative mono-material packaging' presented by Dai Nippon Printing

    ‘Update on Food Contact Materials in the ASEAN’ presented by Thai Packaging Association

    ‘High barrier films – sustainable solutions’ presented by Max Specialty Films Ltd.

    ‘Accelerating sustainability goals with green films’ presented by UFlex Limited

    ‘Flexible packaging industry trends in South East Asia’ presented by Rabobank

    In addition to a full programme of industry presentations, the summit will offer interactive Q&A sessions, access to a virtual exhibition and networking opportunities for attendees to meet with flexible packaging material specifiers, technical specialists and marketing experts from the Asian and international flexible packaging markets.

    The full agenda is available to view on the summit’s website:

    About Specialty Packaging Films Virtual Summit

    The summit provides a virtual forum where the latest market insights and developments can be explored in depth, enabling attendees to lead the debate on how the flexible packaging industry should innovate to support product optimisation and sustainability initiatives. Hear from local and international experts in film packaging and access a global audience of buyers, converters, manufacturers researchers and industry suppliers no matter where you are in the world.

    For more information please contact:
    Rebecca Weir
    Senior Conference Organiser | AMI
    T / +44 (0) 117 924 9442
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  • Recyclers take to twin screw compounding machinery

    Recyclers take to twin screw compounding machinery

    AMI Consulting, Bristol, 10/02/2021 – According to an authoritative report published in January 2021 by industry consultants, AMI Consulting, the fastest growing application for twin-screw compounding machines is in upgrading and recycling post-consumer plastic waste.

    The report looks at the market for twin-screw corotating compounding machines as used commonly for compounding Engineering Plastics, Styrenics, Polypropylene, TPEs and masterbatches. These machines range from outputs of about 100 kg per hour up to 10 tonnes per hour with smaller machines being used to compound some of the highest performance polymers and the biggest machines used where compounders want to make batches of 200-500 tonnes at a time. While the largest machines are often used on lower margin compounds, the scale at which they operate often justifies investment in the highest standards of technical performance and automation.

    The best-known producers of these machines include Coperion, JSW, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Leistritz, but there are many more. A key success factor for many is strong local demand. In recent years strongest demand has been in China where there are now a large number of twin-screw compounding machinery producers, some of which have started to export internationally.

    The fastest growing application is recycling which is expected to see demand more than double between 2020 and 2024. In this segment more than 50% of machines sold globally in 2020 were sold into China reflecting the opportunity within China to upcycle low value waste. Measured by the value of machinery sales, Europe however is the largest market due to investors’ preference for buying higher output machines.

    The report segments the market by geography, application and machinery size. Demand data is supported by AMI Consulting’s well-developed understanding of compounding markets. Profiles of the suppliers include detailed market share data.

    While Covid-19 slowed the market in 2020 recovery is expected to be rapid because of the emergence of new markets, geographical shifts in demand and pressure on compounders to invest in higher performance machinery in order to remain competitive.

    This report is aimed at assisting industry participants and investors understand the size, structure and growth of the market, anticipate change, direct resources, and proactively manage threats and opportunities.

    For further information please contact Cristina de Santos E/ or T/ +44 (0)117 924 9442


  • Creating a circular economy within the FR supply chain: speaker insights from the Fire Resistance in Plastics Virtual Summit

    Creating a circular economy within the FR supply chain: speaker insights from the Fire Resistance in Plastics Virtual Summit

    With the circular economy proving an increasingly important topic for the FR supply chain, just what is the industry doing to face the global challenge of sustainability? A driver for development in the plastics industry as a whole, industry presentations at the Fire Resistance in Plastics Virtual Summit will show flame retardants have a role to play in this international consumer trend.

    Ahead of their presentations on 23 – 25 February, we were delighted to interview three of our expert speakers who will each share their take on the challenges involved in achieving sustainability.

    Marc Leifer, Global Technical Marketing Support Manager, ICL-IP

    Marc has held the position of Global TMS Manager at ICL-IP FR SBU since 2011, with over 30 years' experience in the field of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers' formulation, transformation processes, analysis and properties assessment.

    Together with Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL-Europe, Marc will present on how plastics with FRs can form part of a circular economy, with a look at some of the technical and economic challenges involved.

    Read the full interview here

    Adrian Beard, Chairman (Europe), PINFA

    Adrian is a senior expert in fire safety and environmental properties of phosphorus-based flame retardants. Since 2017, he has chaired the association for non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (pinfa), a sector group of Cefic.

    His presentation will offer a second industry perspective on the sustainability of flame retardants and the challenges they will face in the coming decade.

    Read the full interview here

    Kevin Bradley, Secretary General, BSEF

    Kevin is currently Secretary General of BSEF, the International Bromine Council who support and promote the role of bromine and bromine technologies as enablers for society and economy globally.

    He will be sharing the outcomes and implications of the SOFIES study for polymer producers and the FR industry in terms of the circular economy and the push for sustainable FRs.

    Read the full interview here


    About the Fire Resistance in Plastics Virtual Summit

    This fully online event will replace the live conference which was unable to take place as scheduled in December 2020. The summit runs with the support of Headline Sponsor ICL-IP, Gold Sponsors Clariant Plastics & Coatings GmbH, Funzionano AS and PINFA, and Silver Sponsor Thor GmbH and Georg H. Luh.

    Click here find out more

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