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  • Fortunes of metallocene resins brightest in the polyethylene family

    Fortunes of metallocene resins brightest in the polyethylene family

    Our latest review of polyethylene markets in Europe builds on the knowledge acquired from previous editions that date back to 1989. Providing the usual high level of in-depth analysis, the study assesses 8 processing technologies and over 50 end use applications on a country by country basis.

    Polyethylene consumption has surpassed pre-recession levels with industrial packaging applications reaping the rewards from improved manufacturing productivity and applications that serve the construction industry also growing well.

    However, the industry faces a new challenge! The circular economy has already started to reshape the polymer supply industry with resin suppliers engaging in downstream integration with recycling technologies. EU policy has recently promoted the use of increased volumes of recycled material in products where possible and has targeted packaging applications as a focal point for enhanced recyclability. This has driven a rapid rise in consumption of reclaimed/reprocessed polyethylene, innovations in product design and end of life treatment options.

    Read a full copy of the press release here: Fortunes of metallocene resins brightest in the polyethylene family

  • Compatibles driving sales of single serve capsules

    Compatibles driving sales of single serve capsules

    The new report from AMI Consulting in cooperation with Plastic Technologies Inc., published in October 2018, is an authoritative comprehensive deep-dive analysis of the global Single Serve Beverage Capsules industry.

    Single serve capsules are a dynamic market segment with a complex value chain. There are several coffee brewing systems available with proprietary capsule designs. Nespresso and Keurig are brands that pioneered the segment and have the highest machine instalment rates globally. Nevertheless, the expiry of their design patents in 2012 brought about disruptive changes in the supply chain. The changes created new opportunities for both end-users and converters to tap into this growing market segment.  On the other hand, the supply chain of capsules is rapidly losing its oligopolistic nature and the former dominance of major suppliers is challenged as the market expands. A more fragmented supply chain affects the overall profit pool and the way consumers make their choices.

    To read the full press release, click here: Compatibales driving single serve capsules market

  • Pittsburgh takes centre stage for key plastics regulatory experts

    Pittsburgh takes centre stage for key plastics regulatory experts

    Responding to new and future regulatory developments that impact on the plastics supply chain, leading experts and professionals gather in Pittsburgh for the first Plastics Regulations conference directed at companies doing business in the US and beyond.

    Following two highly successful conferences in Germany,Plastics Regulations, Pittsburgh 2018provides expert analysis and guidance on a range of international legislative and regulatory issues that impact on polymer producers, compounders, processors and end users in the US.

    The conference provides a rare opportunity to gain focused advice on a range of compliance issues at one event, providing a cost and time efficient way to protect and future-proof your business. The speakers explain the real implications of forthcoming legislation in practical terms, highlighting the actions that different players in the plastics supply chain need to take to achieve compliance.

    Key topics included for discussion: challenges and opportunities in the current US
    regulatory landscape; chemical regulations influencing the plastics supply chain; regulatory updates from the European Union and beyond; food contact regulations in the US and around the globe; and food contact regulations affecting packaging applications.

    For further information, to download the full programme or to register for the conference, please follow this link: Plastics Regulations 2018

  • AMI at Fakuma 2018

    AMI at Fakuma 2018

    Thank you to those who joined us on the AMI stand at Fakuma in October.

    The sun was shining, the hall was abuzz with activity and the AMI team showcased our latest offerings of databases, market reports, events and magazines.

  • Consolidation and M&A drive the European polymer distribution market

    Consolidation and M&A drive the European polymer distribution market

    Our new authoritative report, published in September 2018 quantifies and analyses the European polymer distribution market and examines the most recent industry dynamics.

    The 2018 edition of Polymer Distribution in Europe report revises and updates the status and position of distributors across Europe for the polymer materials covered. It builds on its earlier research to consider the newest trends and factors influencing the industry such as a lively M&A activity, the inception of the EU Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, the surge of digitalisation as a new competitive strategy, the development of 3D printing, and the new political and economic scenario the UK and the EU are facing because of Brexit.  

    To read the full press release, click here: Polymer Distribution in Europe 2018

  • 40% of the floorplan at Cleveland expos is booked

    40% of the floorplan at Cleveland expos is booked

    The Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Extrusion Expo will be held at the Huntington Center, Cleveland, Ohio on May 8-9, 2019

    Following the success of our 2018 shows, booths are being booked up quickly by leading companies. 

    Exhibitors include: Addex, Cabot, Chemours, Coperion, CPM Extrusion Group, Dover Chemicals, Entek, Farrel Pomini, Ferro, Milliken, Omya, NGR, Nordson, Reifenhäuser, Strukto and many more!

     

    ''Plastic Recycling World Exhibition was a great success for us. It provided valuable networking opportunities with both existing and prospective partners. It now holds a regular spot on our calendar. We will definitely come back!"

    Bahri Beyhan, NORES Plastic

     

    “I have received more quality leads in one day of this event than a whole week at NPE.”

    Mr. Bernhard Gabauer, Bühler

     

    Find your perfect booth when you download the floorplan here: http://bit.ly/DownloadFloorplan

     

  • Join the debate at the Thin Wall Packaging conference this month

    Join the debate at the Thin Wall Packaging conference this month

    Thin Wall Packaging Asia 2018 will provide a lively interaction and debate between speakers and delegates, and a comprehensive overview of the latest materials, technology and market trends in lightweight plastic packaging.

    Join your industry to colleagues at this conference to identify the opportunities you can capitalise on within the growing light-weight plastic tubs, pots and trays industry in Asia and Australasia.

    Simply click here to find out more and register: http://bit.ly/ThinWallPackagingRegister

  • What does the Head of Compounding at Ensinger think about the conferences at Compounding World Expo?

    What does the Head of Compounding at Ensinger think about the conferences at Compounding World Expo?

    The Compounding World Expo is heading to Cleveland, Ohio, next May.

    Building on our successful launch exhibition in Germany, the Compounding World Expo 2019 promises to be the leading focused event for plastics additives and compounding in the Americas.

    On the show floor you can access five focused conference theatres - each with a busy two-day program of technical presentations, seminars and industry debates. The exhibitions and their world-class conference sessions will all be free to attend.

    Find out what Dr. Oliver Fry had to say about the conference programme at Compounding World Expo, here: http://bit.ly/Ensinger_Interview

     

     

     

  • Construction recovery and metal replacement drive hot and cold water plastic pipes demand in Europe

    Construction recovery and metal replacement drive hot and cold water plastic pipes demand in Europe

    A decade on from the global financial crisis and the European construction industry finally appears to have shaken off its influence and the building sector has now recovered in most European countries. This pickup in building activity is helping to drive accelerated growth for plastic pipe systems in hot and cold water installation according to a new report from AMI Consulting.

    The new edition of AMI Consulting’s detailed study, “Plastic hot and cold water pipe systems in Europe 2018”, reports that the installation of plastic hot and cold water pipes is expected to top 1 million kilometres by the end of 2018. Since 2012 the market has been growing at nearly 3%/year and is expected to maintain this momentum over the next 5 years.

    In addition to the recovery in building activity, the market for plastic hot and cold water pipe systems continues to be driven by the opportunity to replace metal. While plastic piping has accounted for the majority of systems installed for several years now, 40% of installations are still metal-based and indeed copper piping remains the largest single material used in European plumbing.

    Read the full press release here: Plastic Hot & Cold Water Pipe Systems Europe 2018

  • New conference! Self-Healing Polymers 8-9 October

    New conference! Self-Healing Polymers 8-9 October

    Interest in self-healing materials is being fuelled by the desire to extend the lifetime and safety of products and components in industries as diverse as the automotive, aviation, medical, electrical, electronic, construction, infrastructure, and oil & gas sectors.

    Our new conference will present the most recent breakthroughs in mechanisms and materials including polymers, elastomers, composites and coatings utilising capsule-based, vascular or intrinsic systems, to restore material functionalities in response to material fatigue, impact damage, puncture, and corrosion. The comprehensive programme will also look at the commercialisation of technologies and opportunities in real world applications.

    Key topics which will be discussed include: Modification and Lifetime Extension of Self-Healing Polymers, Polymer Developments and Case Studies, Mimicking the Biological Ability to Self-Repair, Standardisation and Commercialisation of Real World Applications.

    Continue reading and find out how you can attend this conference here: http://bit.ly/Self-Healing-Polymers_Conf

  • Sustainability targets and added value are shaping the blow moulded bottle market in Europe

    Sustainability targets and added value are shaping the blow moulded bottle market in Europe

    The outlook for the blow moulded bottle market is positive with further output growth, increasing demand for added value products and for the use of recyclates shaping the landscape, according to a newly published report from industry consultants, AMI Consulting.

    Blow moulded bottle demand in Europe was 189 billion units in 2017, up from 176 billion in 2013, with the fastest growing market segments have been sweet and savoury spreads and still water.

    In some food applications penetration of plastics is increasing strongly driven by opportunities for brand development. Where penetration of plastic bottles is already high such as in household care products the competitive battleground will centre on inter-material and inter-format competition, supply-chain efficiency and premium brand opportunities.

    You can read the full press release here: PR Blow moulded bottles - the European market 2018

  • 100+ Companies sign up for new plastics industry tradeshows in Cleveland, Ohio

    100+ Companies sign up for new plastics industry tradeshows in Cleveland, Ohio

    More than 100 companies have already booked booths at three free-to-attend plastics industry tradeshows that will make their American debut next year. Organized by AMI, the Compounding World Expo, Extrusion Expo and Plastics Recycling World Expo will be held in the two largest halls of the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on May 8-9, 2019. 

    Building on the very successful launch of AMI’s compounding and recycling shows in Essen, Germany in June of this year, the Cleveland event is shaping up to be the largest plastics industry gathering in the USA next year. It will feature five free-to-attend conference theatres, plus there will be a networking party for attendees and exhibitors at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the evening of 8 May.

    “The first Compounding World and Plastics Recycling World Expos in Essen, Germany attracted 184 exhibitors plus 4,024 visitors, and received an extremely positive reaction from the industry,” said Rita Andrews, head of exhibitions at AMI. “With the addition of the Extrusion Expo, we are confident that we will build on these numbers to make the Cleveland event even bigger and busier".

    Companies that have already signed up for booths at the focused Expos in Cleveland include Azo; Bausano, Beier, Brabender, Buss, Cabot, Chemours, Coperion, CPM Extrusion, Cumberland, Davis-Standard, Dr Collin, Doteco, Dover Chemicals, Entek, Farrel Pomini, FB-Balzanelli, Ferro, JSW, Leistritz, Luigi Bandera, Macchi, Milliken, Modern Dispersions, NFM, Nordson, Oden Technologies, Omya, Orion, Piovan, Schenck, Struktol, Vertellus, Wacker, Zeppelin, and many more.

    Andy Beevers, director of events at AMI, said: “We’ve been delighted by the very positive industry response to our new tradeshows. We selected Cleveland as the ideal location for the US exhibitions because of its easy accessibility for huge numbers of compounders, extruders and recyclers. In addition, the city boasts excellent convention facilities, hotels, restaurants and entertainment options in its revitalized downtown”.

    AMI has extensive experience of running successful conferences for the compounding and extrusion industries in North America, which attract thousands of delegates each year. These include: Compounding World Forum; Thermoplastics Concentrates; Fire Retardants in Plastics; Polymers in Cables; Performance Polyamides; PVC Formulation; Conductive Plastics; Polymer Foam; Profiles; Medical Tubing; Polyethylene Films; Multilayer Flexible Packaging; Stretch and Shrink Film; Thin Wall Packaging; and Polymers in Flooring.

    To book a booth, please visit: https://go.ami.international/us_expos_exhibit/

    For more information on the Compounding World Expo 2019, Extrusion Expo 2019 and Plastics Recycling World Expo 2019, please visit:/exhibitions 

  • Engineering developments drive growth for PP compounds

    Engineering developments drive growth for PP compounds

    AMI Consulting, Bristol, 25/07/2018– According to an authoritative report published in July 2018 by industry consultants, AMI Consulting, global demand for Polypropylene Compounds is rising strongly on the back of engineering developments in automotive and electrical appliances. The automotive industry is striving to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency as well as wrestling with how to adapt to a market in which exceptionally fast growth in hybrid and electrical vehicles is underway. Considerable growth for PP Compounds arises from property developments which have enabled PP Compounds to displace metal in semi-structural applications like instrument carriers, door panels and front-ends.

    The study segments the market by region, product family and application. Within the automotive segment which is the largest market for PP Compounds, applications are split into interiors, exteriors and underhood.

    You can read the full press release here:  PR- The global market for PP Compounds 2018

  • Plastics recycling in Europe – A waste of your time or a wasted opportunity?

    Plastics recycling in Europe – A waste of your time or a wasted opportunity?

    AMI Consulting, Bristol, UK 26/07/18 – According to a recently published study by leading industry consultants Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), the plastics recycling industry will have to develop and grow considerably to meet 2030 EU plastics packaging recycling targets, along with the effect of the Chinese waste import ban.

    The study expects that the current output capacity of the recycling industry in Europe will need to more than double by 2030 to meet targets.  The challenge in growing capacity, is that the plastics recycling industry is a complex, dynamic segment with a varied supply stream and value chain.  With prices of recyclate intrinsically linked to the price of virgin resin, demand and the financial viability of the process is often subject to fluctuations in raw material prices.  Due to this, demand for recyclate is increasingly coming down to brand owners desire to be seen as ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘green’ and not down to financial incentives.  This is primarily due to sustainability becoming increasingly more important to consumers, and plastic receiving considerable negative press bringing it to the forefront of many debates and discussions.  Capturing the value of plastics through reuse and recycling not only helps retain a product which currently primarily derives from the earth’s finite natural resources, but also helps prevent the leaking of plastic waste into the ecosystem and create a circular economy.  Because of this the plastics recycling industry is gaining growing attention.   

    You can read the full press release here:  PR- Plastics Recycling Industry - Europe 2018

  • Business was booming at the Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling World Exhibition last week

    Business was booming at the Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling World Exhibition last week

    The Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling World Exhibition made a very successful debut last month, attracting 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors to Messe Essen in Germany on 27-28 June 2018.

    The focused plastics industry expos boasted an international audience with 42% of attendees coming from Germany, 50% from the rest of Europe and 8% from outside of Europe. Visitors came from as far afield as South Africa, Brazil, China and the Korea.

    “We are absolutely delighted with the response to our first exhibitions, which were very well supported by the international plastics recycling and compounding industries” said AMI’s head of exhibitions, Rita Andrews. “We’ve had extremely positive feedback about the Essen shows from exhibitors and visitors alike”.

    Exhibitors reported that they had large numbers of meetings with high-quality contacts on both days of the event. More than 60% of exhibitors have already reserved space for the next European versions of the shows, which will return to Messe Essen on 17-18 June 2020. Many have also booked stands at the first US versions of the Compounding World and Plastics Recycling World Expos, which will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on 8-9 May 2019.

    “I have received more quality leads in one day of this event than a whole week at NPE.” Mr. Bernhard Gabauer, Segment Development Manager – Plastics, Bühler

    The three conference theatres at the Essen shows attracted capacity crowds of up to 250 people each. They hosted a series of presentations covering a wide range of technologies and market opportunities, plus informative training seminars and business debates featuring industry leaders.

    "The expo has been really valuable as I've been able to reconnect with a number of industry peers and share our expertise."- Dr Oliver Frey, Head of Compounding Department, Ensinger

    “The focused nature of the expos worked very well for visitors from the plastics recycling and compounding sectors,” 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 Compounding World and Plastics Recycling World Expos will not take place in Germany next year because of the K 2019 show, but they will return to Essen on 17-18 June 2020 when they will be joined by two additional focused events, the Extrusion Expo and the Polymer Testing Expo.

    Next year will see the US debut of the Compounding World, Plastics Recycling World and Extrusion Expos at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on 8-9 May 2019.

    For information on exhibiting at these events, please contact Matt Wherlock at matthew.wherlock@ami.international, tel: +44 (0)117 314 8122.

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  • Investment frenzy driving down margins in BOPP film

    Investment frenzy driving down margins in BOPP film

    In the space of two years the BOPP film industry has moved from a scenario of modest capacity growth and improving margins to one where it seems everyone is struggling to make money thanks to another frenzy of investment in high capacity BOPP film lines around the world.  While demand for BOPP film continues to grow respectably, nowhere is it advancing sufficiently to absorb these capacity increases without causing a margin fight to either grow or maintain market share.  Companies with high debt and/or aging assets that cannot match the efficiency of modern equipment are particularly vulnerable and the new capacity increases are expected to drive rationalisation of older capacity and/or merger and acquisition activity.

    These are some of the findings of AMI Consulting’s latest report on the status of the global BOPP film industry just published.  

    Click here to read the full press release.

  • AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis is back again after great feedback

    AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis is back again after great feedback

    WYOMISSING, PA (May 15, 2018) -- AMI launches the program for Polymer Testing & Analysis, the second edition of high-level business conferences that takes place on September 11-12, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

    AMI’s Polymer Testing & Analysis is the forum where senior leaders in the industry meet to discuss modernization and business developments. This annual event delivers quality papers which not only review the latest innovations in polymer testing, but also keeps attendees up-to-date with a variety of advancing characterization and plastics processing. In addition, the conference is an outstanding networking opportunity, allowing you to discuss strategies face to face with your customers and peers.

    On day one of the conference, there will be eleven presentations from the likes of Cambridge Polymer Group, BTG Labs, Intertek Chemicals & Materials, SI Group, and more. These speakers will be discussing characterization and analysis innovations, polymer performance, and evaluating the modification of polymers. Day two includes eight presentations about predicting performance in demanding applications and advances in polymer testing techniques.

    A table-top exhibition will run alongside the conference. This will allow companies to display their products and services to the highly targeted audience that is attracted to Polymer Testing and Analysis. All social gatherings, including the conference cocktail reception, will also be hosted in the exhibition area.

    The full Polymer Testing & Analysis 2018 conference brochure can be found at the following link: https://bit.ly/2k7TFTx

    For more information on attending or exhibiting at this event, contact Conference Coordinator, Shannon Slaff, by emailing ss@amiplastics-na.com or by calling +1 610 478 0800.

  • COAG and the Association for Farmers Rights Defence join the Agricultural Film programme

    COAG and the Association for Farmers Rights Defence join the Agricultural Film programme

    We are excited to announce this year’s comprehensive programme features a grower! Andrés Góngora Belmonte from COAG presents alongside Bernard Le Moine from Plasticulture on agricultural plastics and their contribution to a sustainable future.

    Also taking to the stage is the President of the Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD. Dr. Kakha Nadiradze will speak on the usage of plastic films by Georgian farmers and how the industry can meet their needs.

    View the full programme here: https://bit.ly/2wPqw9b 

    For any questions please contact the organiser Sophie Harrisson on; sophie.harrisson@ami.international  

  • Co-injection technology finds new market traction via single serve capsules

    Co-injection technology finds new market traction via single serve capsules

    A new report from industry consultants, AMI Consulting published in April 2018, is an authoritative comprehensive deep-dive analysis of the global High Barrier Rigid Plastic Packaging.

    The ambient long-life food segment is challenged with its unfashionable market positioning and consumer concerns about quality in comparison with the chilled variants. Canned foods are generally perceived as inferior quality, less fresh and less authentic products. Their efficient supply chain, and consequent lower price, has enabled their vast market magnitude to date. The segment will benefit strongly from the sort of modernisation and innovation, which is becoming technically possible. 

    Growing consumer demand for convenience as well as suppliers’ search for market differentiation are the main drivers for packaging innovation in the ambient long-life segment.High barrier plastic packagingoffers superior functionality and aesthetics versus traditional packaging media (metal, glass).High barrier plasticshave the potential to re-vitalise mature markets such as ambient soup, canned fruit, vegetables and fish, by introducing convenient, added value containers suited to modern day living. 

    You can read the full press release here:  PR-High barrier rigid plastics packaging - the global report 2018

  • AMI’s Oil and Gas Non-Metallics 2018 programme has been released

    With key companies such as Shell, Petronas, Chevron, Total, Saudi Aramco and many more already presenting and on board with the event – this years conference is going to be the best year yet!

    To access and view the programme please follow this link; https://bit.ly/2G5OGvt 

    For any questions please contact the organiser Jenny Amaru on; jenny.amaru@ami.international

  • Change drives growth for artificial grass

    Change drives growth for artificial grass

    AMI Consulting, Bristol, 27/04/2018– According to a recently published study by leading industry consultants, Applied Market Information Ltd (AMI Consulting), the artificial turf market is changing rapidly. A key feature of artificial turf is its ability to permit more intensive use than natural grass and for many sports field owners this is a major benefit.  For home owners and architects, it is providing a desirable landscaping option. In each application it has developed from being a valuable solution where climatic conditions are challenging e.g. because there is too much or too little rain, or because heat or freezing temperatures cause the ground to be too hard, to becoming a product of choice.

    You can read the full press release here: Artificial turf - the global market 2018

  • New speakers confirmed for AMI's Oil & Gas Texas 2018

    New speakers confirmed for AMI's Oil & Gas Texas 2018

    Excitement is building for this year's Oil & Gas Texas conference, with new speakers, a growing attendee list and just 6 weeks to go!

    Visit the Oil & Gas Texas 2018 event pages

    Or contact the organiser Jenny Amaru for bookings and enquiries: jenny.amaru@ami.international 

  • Import tariffs expected to catalyse polymer demand growth in the coming years

    Import tariffs expected to catalyse polymer demand growth in the coming years

    AMI, Bristol, April 2018 – Polymer Demand in NAFTA is AMI’s most recent edition in the Polymer Demand series, providing a comprehensive analysis of the polymer markets across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

    The report covers the third largest regional polymer market in the world and includes the world’s second largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. Home to some of the industry’s leading polymer producers with pioneering production capabilities, the technological prowess in the US has enabled development across the entire plastics supply chain. The recent developments in shale gas extraction have stimulated the polymer market in NAFTA through provision of cheap polymer feedstock and facilitating an increase in domestic manufacturing productivity by virtue of low energy and operation costs. A 58% increase in natural gas extraction is forecast between 2017 and 2040 which suggests that the US will have a raw material and electric power cost base that is on a par with that in the Middle East.

    Click here to read the full press release: Polymer demand in NAFTA 2018

  • AMI’s Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 – doors open in 2 months time

    AMI’s Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 – doors open in 2 months time

    With increasing numbers and a sold out exhibition, this year's event is the place to be!

    To see the programme or to register, please contact the organiser at Jenny.amaru@ami.international

    Or visit the Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 event pages: https://bit.ly/2tr7fcf 

  • AMI’s Masterbatch 2018 Conference Programme is now live

    AMI’s Masterbatch 2018 Conference Programme is now live

    Join AMI on the 3-5 September in Madrid as we discuss the challenges facing the Masterbatch industry today.

    View the full programme here

    For further information and to register with our early-booking rates, please contact the organiser Heidi Lesiw on Heidi.lesiw@ami.international

  • 130+ Exhibitors and 70+ Speakers

    130+ Exhibitors and 70+ Speakers

    See the latest products from recyclers and suppliers of plastics additives and compounding machinery at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition and Compounding World Expo. The list of speakers and exhibitors is growing daily!

    These co-located shows are free-to-attend for visitors - register to attend here: http://bit.ly/LI-Visit-CWE 

  • Dramatic shift in raw material cost shape global competitive dynamics for PE films

    Dramatic shift in raw material cost shape global competitive dynamics for PE films

    AMI’s Consulting division has just issued a new report on the global market for polyethylene films and bags, analysing the latest trends in these films in terms of end uses, raw material types, production regions and inter-regional sales. Global production and usage of polyethylene films and bags reached almost 50 million tonnes during 2017, some 7 million tonnes higher than the volume recorded five years previously. Over the next five years, a higher overall growth rate is forecast, driven by continuous growth in Asia, the Americas and Africa; while Europe and the Middle East will see a slight slowdown in the pace of film production.

    To read the full press release click here: PE films - the global market 2018

  • Industry leaders to debate the future of compounding this June

    Industry leaders to debate the future of compounding this June

    The line-up of panellists has been announced for a series of free-to-attend debates at the Compounding World Expo 2018, which is being held in Essen, Germany on 27-28 June. They include some of the most influential business leaders from international compounding companies and they will discuss key strategic issues facing different sectors of the market, including technical compounds, masterbatch, PVC and polyolefins.

    Read about the debates in detail here: https://compoundingworldexpo.com/eu/theatre-1/

  • The programme for Polymers in Building Insulation 2018 is here!

    The programme for Polymers in Building Insulation 2018 is here!

    Hear from our Key Note Speakers: Chalmers University of Technology who will be sharing a project for the Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme; and Polychemtech looking into polymeric insulation materials for the people and the planet.

    See our full programme here http://bit.ly/PBI2018Prog

  • AMI’s Oil & Gas Non-Metallics 2018 – Speaker recruitment now open!

    AMI’s Oil & Gas Non-Metallics 2018 – Speaker recruitment now open!

    If you have any technologies in this field please contact the organiser Jenny Amaru; jenny.amaru@ami.international

    For more information on the kind of topics we are looking for please follow the below link;

    /events/event?Code=C0912#9704

    Gain a free place by submitting your paper offer today!

  • AMI’s Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 – Programme is live

    AMI’s Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 – Programme is live

    Click here to view

    For further information or to book, please contact the organiser Jenny Amaru on jenny.amaru@ami.international

  • Global pipeline coating market recovery and growth

    Global pipeline coating market recovery and growth

    Where there are challenges there are opportunities

    New AMI Consulting report details material usage in the global pipeline coating industry

    AMI Consulting, Bristol, January 2018 – A new report by the plastics market experts, AMI Consulting, explores the challenges recently faced by the pipeline coating industry and presents the forthcoming opportunities. 

    Clear here to see a full copy of the press release.

  • Long fibre PP compounds drive automotive innovation

    In a new report recently published by AMI Consulting the use of LFT PP (long fiber thermoplastic polypropylene) is examined in detail. The report quantifies the use of both granule LFT PP (LFT-G) and direct compounding and moulding in-line of LFT PP (LFT-D) tracking down its use around the world. The result is a comprehensive analysis of LFT PP by application, OEM, LFT PP compound producer and geographical region.

    Glass fibre and PP have long been combined to make car parts. Whereas short glass fibre compounds are longer established and the larger product family, LFT PP is the faster growing.

    Global demand for LFT PP in 2016 by region

    Europe 36%
    Americas 24%
    Asia 40%
    Total 100%

    Source: AMI Consulting, 2018

    LFT PP is now used widely in automotive front-end carriers, instrument-panel carriers, door-panels, consoles, pedals, under-body shields and several other applications. The exciting feature of many of these applications is that LFT PP permits automotive engineers to either replace steel and thereby reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency, or replace more expensive engineering plastics. An example is the award-winning grille shutter on the 2018 Ford Expedition luxury sport-utility vehicle. In addition to reducing weight by 3lbs, cost reductions of $66 per vehicle through innovative engineering are reported.

    The report looks at the success of LFT PP relative to that of LFT PA and looks too at the increasing internationalisation of demand and supply including recent heavy investment in China by the largest producers amongst whom are Celanese with its Celstran brand, SABIC, Comusa (Funcster), Lotte (Sambark) and GS Caltex.

    Demand for LFT PP is predicted to grow strongly 2017-2021.

    ‘Long Fibre Polypropylene Compounds’ is a detailed global multiclient study published by AMI Consulting, a division of Applied Market Information Ltd. For further information contact John Nash on +44 117 924 9442 or john.nash@ami.international

  • Discover who is speaking at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition!

    Discover who is speaking at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition!

    It's the festive season so why not grab a coffee, put your feet up, and do this crossword! The answers reveal who some of the speakers are at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition: http://bit.ly/PRWE-Crossword

    This exhibition will feature an international array of manufacturers of plastics recycling machinery and equipment, as well as suppliers of materials, additives and related services for plastics recyclers. To register click here: http://bit.ly/FB-Visit-PRWE

  • Take the Stage at Heavy Duty Sacks 2018

    Speakers wanted! Share your experience from a sack producer’s perspective together with Bischof + Klein, RKW, and Hood Packaging. Provide an up-to-the date view on the latest developments in raw materials alongside Nova Chemicals. Show how technology can help to maximise productivity without compromising sack performance as W&H, Payper and Starlinger will do.

    Join these and other leading players on the programme for Heavy Duty Sacks 2018. If your company has any innovations or research in the Industrial bags and sacks industry, submit your abstract!

    For enquiries, please contact Jordaine Minchin on jordaine.minchin@ami.international or +44 (0)117 314 8111

  • 100+ Exhibitors at Compounding World Expo!

    100+ Exhibitors at Compounding World Expo!

    Thank you to the 100+ companies who have signed up to exhibit at Compounding World Expo! We look forward to seeing you and your products https://lnkd.in/d7QdpDq

  • How will the several bans on plastic bags across the world affect the PE Film market?

    How will the several bans on plastic bags across the world affect the PE Film market?

    Since 2005 over 10 countries in Africa have banned plastic carrier bags including Morocco, Tunisia, and Kenya. Blocked sewers and other environmental problems are leading to similar measures in Asian countries such as India and China. EU member states have introduced taxes on the consumption of lightweight carrier bags with an ultimate aim to reduce their usage. 
    Read about this and more when you sign up to our free monthly newsletter http://bit.ly/FB-AMINews

  • Over 60% of the global MW blade production to attend Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference this month

    Over 60% of the global MW blade production to attend Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference this month

    Learn from industry experts at Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference this month. Nordex, Carbon Rotec and TPI Composites are among the speakers who will be presenting http://bit.ly/LI-Wind

     

  • Strong growth for stand-up pouches across most end use segments to top US$ 4.5 billion by 2021

    Strong growth for stand-up pouches across most end use segments to top US$ 4.5 billion by 2021

    Stand-up pouches (SUPs) is now one of the fastest growing flexible packaging formats with global demand expected to pass 90 billion units in 2017, according to a newly published report from specialist industry consultants, AMI.

    The favourable development of the total supply chain cost of stand-up pouches and their stronger proposition to promote sustainability compared with rigid packaging alternatives will continue to be the key drivers of demand view the press release now

  • Speakers announced at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition!

    Speakers announced at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition!

    Meet industry leaders from throughout the plastics recycling supply chain and hear them discuss the future of the industry in a series of debates covering the circular economy and key trends in the packaging, automotive and E&E markets.


    Speakers are already confirmed from Coca-Cola, Suez, RPC BPI, Wipag, Galloo, Müller-Guttenbrunn and many more. Admission to the debates, conference sessions and exhibition is free-of-charge. http://bit.ly/FB_Visit_PRWE

  • AMI’s Stretch and Shrink Film 2018 - Programme is now live!

    AMI’s Stretch and Shrink Film 2018 - Programme is now live!

    This will be the 15th edition of this successful and annual event which will take place in Madrid, Spain on 16-18 April 2018.

    View the programme now or for more information please contact the Organiser; Jenny Amaru jenny.amaru@ami.international

  • New booths released!

    New booths released!

    Find the perfect stand to grow your business – we have just released booths specifically for start-up businesses at Compounding World Expo. 

    http://bit.ly/LI-Exhibit-CWE

  • Masterbatch Asia 2018 | Take a look at the brand new programme!

    Masterbatch Asia 2018 | Take a look at the brand new programme!

    The 14th edition of Masterbatch Asia is moving back to Bangkok on the 8-9 March 2018. Hear from PolyOne, Venator Materials Corporation, Birla Carbon, Trinseo and many more at this truly international forum for the Asian masterbatch industry.

    View the full list of speakers here or contact Nicola Charlesworth to discuss your participation:

    Email: nicola.charlesworth@ami.international
    Tel: +44 117 314 8111

  • Compounding World Forum moves to Ft Lauderdale!

    Compounding World Forum moves to Ft Lauderdale!

    To celebrate its 5th anniversary, Compounding World Forum will be held at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.

    We added educational workshops, a golf tournament and happy hour on the beach so you can enjoy networking with new business contacts at this three-day conference. http://bit.ly/LI-CWF

  • Join us at the only American conference focused on pipeline coating and protection this month!

    Join us at the only American conference focused on pipeline coating and protection this month!

    Learn how to maximise coating longevity and performance of pipes at Pipeline Coating US on the 14 -15 November 2017.

    Network with the leading pipeline contractors, operators, pipe mills and pipe coaters, engineers and specifiers, researchers, raw materials and machinery suppliers who have already registered to attend.

    There is still time to join your international colleagues who have already registered to attend http://bit.ly/FB-Pipe

     

  • 91/136 stands are now sold at Compounding World Expo

     91/136 stands are now sold at Compounding World Expo

    Our list of industry leaders who have already signed up to exhibit at Compounding World Expo is growing. There is still the chance to join us with some great positions on the floor plan still available http://bit.ly/LI-CWE

     

     

     

     

     

  • AMI’S Oil & Gas Non-Metallics 2017 event opens its doors in less than 2 weeks!

    AMI’S Oil & Gas Non-Metallics 2017 event opens its doors in less than 2 weeks!

    Numbers are growing, geographical spread increasing and more panellists including SAUDI ARAMCO have come on board.

    For more information, to view the programme or to register please contact the organiser Jenny Amaru jenny.amaru@ami.international

    Visit the Oil & Gas Non-Metallics 2017 event webpages 

  • Join your industry colleagues who have already signed up to receive the monthly AMI Newsletter

    Join your industry colleagues who have already signed up to receive the monthly AMI Newsletter

    Make your budget go further when you purchase our products and services early. Our monthly newsleter has now been launched and is an easy way for you to access the information you need from us. Be among the first to hear about speakers at our conferences, new reports, special offers and more when you sign up to our newsletter. Sign up here http://bit.ly/LI-AMINews

     

  • The world is on the move!

    The world is on the move!

    Dynamic growth is forecast for agricultural and palletisation films globally. Palletisation and agricultural films contribute to the production and distribution of food globally, find out how http://bit.ly/FB-AgFilm

     

  • Metallocene resins replace LDPE – how does this affect the plastics heavy duty sacks market?

    Metallocene resins replace LDPE – how does this affect the plastics heavy duty sacks market?

    Some of the factors affecting the plastic heavy duty sacks market are; Growing importance of a visual appeal for marketing purposes, ongoing downgauging where feasible, increasing use of big bags, FIBCs and bulk deliveries due to consolidation within the downstream sectors. How do these changes affect your business? http://bit.ly/L-heavyduty

  • Plastics Regulations 2018 | Programme Release

    Join AMI from 14-15 March 2018 for important updates on regulations affecting the plastics supply chain.

    Featuring presentations from WRIGLEY, INTERTEK, HENKEL, FIELDFISHER, KELLER & HECKMAN, STEPTOE & JOHNSON plus many more.

    View the full programme and make the most of our early-booking rates:
    /events/event?Code=C874

  • Don't miss out! Stands at Compounding World Expo 2018 are selling out

    Don't miss out! Stands at Compounding World Expo 2018 are selling out

    Our 9m2 and 15m2 corner stands have already sold out for Compounding World Expo! If you were hoping to exhibit, don’t worry, as you haven’t missed out just yet. Row stands are still available to book.

    Taking place on 27-28 June 2018 in Essen, Germany, the exhibition will feature an international array of suppliers of polymer additives and compounding machinery and equipment, as well as providers of related services. The target audience encompasses compounders from all sectors of the polymer industry including polyolefins, PVC, engineering plastics, TPEs, masterbatch and recycling. 

    5 top reasons to exhibit at Compounding World Expo:

    • Meet targeted prospect customers at this focused event for the international plastics additives and compounding industry
    • Connect with new and existing customers in a cost-effective and time-efficient way
    • Present your latest product developments face-to-face in a live environment
    • Be part of an extensive promotional campaign through Compounding World magazine
    • Get a free catalogue and exhibition preview entry

     

    Book your stand

  • AMI \ Your October Newsletter

    Our monthly newsletter has launched!

    Keep up to date with our conferences, market reports, databases and exhibitions by signing up to our monthly newsletter. This month's highlights include:

    • Meet us at Fakuma next week
    • Get the early bird discount for Flexible Packaging Middle East Conference
    • New report launched: Polyethylene Films - The Global Market 2018

     

    View our October newsletter

     

     

  • Plasticulture sees dramatic growth

    Plasticulture sees dramatic growth

    Plastic films - the key solution to growing and sustainable agriculture

    AMI, Bristol, 12th October 2017 – AMI’s Consulting division just issued a new report on the global agricultural film market analysing the latest trends in the use of greenhouse film, mulch film and silage film along with developments in technology, innovation and changing film formulation. The results presented for the first time at the latest Agricultural Film conference in Barcelona in September 2017 met with great feedback from the audience.

    Over the past 60 years, agricultural output and productivity have significantly increased and plastic agricultural films for silage, mulch and greenhouse applications have made substantial contributions to this development. In times of growing population, expanding urbanisation and shrinking arable land due to industrialisation and soil erosion, any development increasing the output from the available land is welcome and embraced. The use of plastic films has been notable in the horticultural industry, as well as in preserving and improving the quality of silage and contributing to continuously increasing crop and milk yields. Protective mulch and greenhouse films have also enabled to extend the cultivation in terms of the growing season and the location, helping growers in the harsh climatic conditions of cold as well as hot weather or water scarcity.

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development formulated during the 2015 United Nations Summit, has made a commitment, among others, to eradicate global poverty within the next 15-year period and to become, for the first time in the human history, a zero-hunger generation. For this to be achieved it is crucial to employ the latest technologies so that the efficiency of the global food supply chain is optimized, resulting in the maximum of food produced per drop of water, hectare of land and gram of agrochemicals used, while protecting crops to reduce food waste, adapting to climate change and assuring the chain's sustainability in the long term. This will enable the continued growth of plastic films used in agriculture, which has been experiencing already healthy growth over the last 10 years. 

    Chart1: Global agricultural film by application

    The three types of agricultural films, mulch film, greenhouse film and silage film, represent a major segment of polyethylene usage globally, valued at over 8 billion dollars. The total demand for these films accounted for some 6 million tonnes in 2016 with greenhouse film representing nearly half of it, followed by mulch film with nearly a third and just over 20% held by silage film. The market for greenhouse film is expected to advance at the same pace of growth as mulch film, at just over 8% per annum over the next five years, while the demand for silage film is forecast to grow at a moderate rate of just under 4%.

    Around 70% of global demand and production of agricultural films is concentrated in Asia, mainly in China, where the growth rate continues to reach double digits. This growth is driven by increasing specialisation of the Chinese market which will impact growing exports of more sophisticated films inside and outside of Asia. Another contributing factor is upgauging of previously very thin films intended mainly for the local market, which are now required by the Chinese regulations to be thicker and stronger.

    Chart2: Global agricultural film by region

    The markets in Europe and North America have now matured, although Mexico, as well as some countries in Eastern Europe are still experiencing healthy growth in consumption of plastic films for agriculture. Another region with continued stellar growth is South and Central America, mainly due to its consumption and exports of silo bags which have become particularly popular in this region. Due to more challenging climatic conditions, the demand in the Middle East and Africa will see steady growth at about 5-6% a year over the next five years. Both these regions currently consume less than 4% of agricultural films produced globally. 

    Plastic films undoubtedly offer solutions concerning the global food supply and they will hold an even more significant role as government funds are released to encourage agriculture in the developing regions. While agricultural films contribute to improved efficiency and output, growing concern about film waste and disposal is leading to growing interest in the use of biodegradable materials or utilising advanced technologies which enable recycling of those heavily contaminated films where it is economically and environmentally feasible.

    Agricultural films - Global market 2017 is a new detailed market report from AMI Consulting, published in September 2017. For further information please contact Marta Kedziora, marta.kedziora@ami.international, Tel: +44 (0)117 314 8164.

    In addition to its consultancy work, AMI organises the annual global conference for the agricultural films sector: Agricultural Film 2018 (17-19th September 2018, Madrid, Spain, contact Sophie Harrisson, sophie.harrisson@ami.international, +44 (0)117 314 8158).

  • What is driving the demand for heavy duty sacks?

    What is driving the demand for heavy duty sacks?

    The heavy duty sacks market in Europe has displayed, and continues to display, a level of structural change with certain sack types (especially the form fill & seal types) experiencing growth, while the supply side of the industry is also changing as more focused packaging suppliers increase their market coverage.

    The demand is driven by both organic growth and opportunities to replace more traditional paper sacks. The resilience of the market is further illustrated by the fact that downgauging is resulting in products that use much less resin per sack than was the historical norm.

    Continue reading  

  • Discover Agricultural Film Producers in Europe, Middle East and Africa

    Discover Agricultural Film Producers in Europe, Middle East and Africa

    The agricultural film industry is expanding due to the increased demand for food amongst a growing global population.  

    If you want an insight into the production of agricultural film, from silage to mulch and greenhouse film in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, AMI’s database listing 474 companies is the perfect source of information.

    http://bit.ly/2xY7uM7

  • Coming Soon | Stretch & Shrink Film 2018 Programme

    Coming Soon | Stretch & Shrink Film 2018 Programme

    The programme is filling quickly and will be due for release within the next month. Watch this space for the exciting 2018 line-up!

    If you have any innovations in the shrink film area – please contact Jenny Amaru jenny.amaru@ami.international

    Would you like to register as a delegate? The pre-programme reduced rate expires on 13th October – so book your place at this reduced rate today!

    Click here to visit the Stretch & Shrink 2018 event pages

  • Who will you meet at our conferences?

    Who will you meet at our conferences?

    Meet the decision makers from end-user brands at our conferences. Thank you once again to Stéphane Egret from The Coca-Cola Company for speaking at Smart Packaging 2017 in Cologne – we hope to see you again soon! 

  • We are exhibiting at Fakuma 2017

    We are exhibiting at Fakuma 2017

    We are so excited to exhibit at Fakuma between 17 – 21 October 2017! Arrange to meet with us in advance by emailing evren.akfirat@ami.international.

     

     

  • 3 Top Facts on the European Cable Extrusion Industry

    3 Top Facts on the European Cable Extrusion Industry

    The cable extrusion industry makes up only a small part of the European plastics industry, accounting for just under 3% of its plastic processors and less than 5% of its thermoplastic and rubber consumption, yet it is still a high value market (nearly EUR 2.3 billion in 2016).

    Get more insights here 

  • Our Oil and Gas Non-Metallics 2017 event opens its doors in less than 2 months

    Our Oil and Gas Non-Metallics 2017 event opens its doors in less than 2 months

    Get ready for another technical learning and networking forum for oil and gas operators, engineers, contractors and material and equipment suppliers, opening in London on 7th November 2017! For more information please contact the organiser jenny.amaru@ami.international 

    Follow the #AmiOil news on twitter for an update on all programme features.

  • The Thermoplastic Masterbatch industry in Asia continues to experience unprecedented challenges

    The Thermoplastic Masterbatch industry in Asia continues to experience unprecedented challenges

    From fluctuations in demand to raw material volatility and constant changes in customer service needs. Within this market, China is the fastest growing in volume terms.  Find out which markets follow closely behind http://bit.ly/L-masterbatch

     

  • Dealing with food waste

    Dealing with food waste

    35% of all food products around the world are thrown away Nuria Herranz Head of ITENE's Packaging Technologies Research Group reports. Find out how plastics can help the #preservation of food http://bit.ly/LISmartPackaging

  • What environmental factors are shaping the Asian Masterbatch industry?

    What environmental factors are shaping the Asian Masterbatch industry?

    The last five years have seen the #Asian market for #polymers continue to increase its importance in the world. Read about our discoveries http://bit.ly/L-masterbatch

  • The European Cable Industry - Plant-by-plant report

    Over one and a half million tonnes of polymeric materials were used in cable production during 2016. Get information on polymeric material consumption in the European Cable industry on a plant-by-plant basis in this report: http://bit.ly/L-cables   

  • Asia accounts for the largest proportion of global resin demand

    Asia accounts for the largest proportion of global resin demand

    The last five years have seen the Asian market for polymers continue to increase its importance in the world. The result is that Asia accounts for the largest proportion of global resin demand, in 2016 its share was 46%, while in comparison Europe is 18% and NAFTA 16%. Get a deeper understanding of this market here: http://bit.ly/L-masterbatch

  • What opportunities will electric cars and renewable energy bring to the European cable industry?

    What opportunities will electric cars and renewable energy bring to the European cable industry?

    An appreciation of how the European cable market will evolve is vital not only in sales/marketing planning but also when considering investment in new processing equipment http://bit.ly/L-cables

  • Make informed decisions on your investments by keeping up to date with the European Cable Industry

    Make informed decisions on your investments by keeping up to date with the European Cable Industry

    CPR regulations came into force on 1 July 2017. What is the real impact on raw material selection for European cable producers? http://bit.ly/T-cables

  • Compounding World Expo 2018 is proving popular amongst exhibitors!

    Compounding World Expo 2018 is proving popular amongst exhibitors!

    Great to see the volume of interest we have already had for Compounding World Expo 2018 – hope to see you there! http://bit.ly/LCompoundingWorld

  • Network with the leading global film producers at our Agricultural Film Conference next week!

    We are delighted to welcome Armando Alvarez, Barbier Group, Beniplast, DAOUDCO, Ginegar, Manuli Stretch, Norflex, Plastika Kritis, Plastilene, Polifilm Extrusion, Rani Plast, Richdale Plastics, RKW, RPC BPI, Shandong Tianhe Plastic, Tasnee, Trioplast and many other key players from across the supply chain. Register here: http://bit.ly/ConfAgfilm

  • Come and see us at Fakuma 2017 – Hall B2 – Booth B2-2222

    Come and see us at Fakuma 2017 – Hall B2 – Booth B2-2222

    Located in exhibition hall B2 – booth B2-2222 we will exhibit our full range of products and events aimed at the compounding and injection moulding industries. Our Databases, Conferences, Consulting, Digital Magazines and Exhibitions combine to provide the most comprehensive and in-depth specialist knowledge in the industry and we look forward to welcoming you to our stand.

     

    Our new products for this year!

    • Databases: Compounders in India and South America, Plastics processors in Iran, Plastics processors in Romania, Injection moulding in Spain and Portugal
    • Consulting: Masterbatch Markets in Asia 2017, Long Fibre PP Compounds 2017, PP Markets in the EU
    • Exhibitions: Compounding World Expo and The Plastics Recycling World Exhibition, 27-28th June 2018
    • Digital Magazines: Plastics Recycling World – brand new FREE industry magazine

    Things to look out for at our stand

    • Free databases trial
    • Appointments to meet a consultant
    • Happy hour every day from 3pm
    • Competition quiz and Champagne give away

     

    Visit our stand and learn more about the diverse and knowledgeable departments that make us the leaders for information and events in the plastics industry. If you would like to book an appointment to come and see us, please email Evren.Akfirat@ami.international. We look forward to seeing you and wish you a successful show.

  • Growth of the Masterbatch industry in the Asian region is forecast to continue

    Growth of the Masterbatch industry in the Asian region is forecast to continue

    Following steady growth in masterbatch in Asia, between 2010-2016, we now have a more focused industry where companies are reconsidering the paths and strategies which will enable them to aggressively grow, and profitably develop the business opportunities which are emerging in the whole Asian region: http://bit.ly/2gVTi07

  • One year at AMI

    One year at AMI

    We have been busy helping companies grow their business through our difference products and services  http://bit.ly/2vzhyuU

  • New technological developments have improved cable performance and safety

    New technological developments have improved cable performance and safety

    Over one million tonnes of polymeric materials was used in cable production during 2016, however, the cable producers operate in an industry facing continuous change and evolution. New technological development, improved cable performance and safety and environmental concerns are all affecting industry structure and market demand http://bit.ly/L-cables

  • How are plastic films helping to extend the cultivation growing season?

    How are plastic films helping to extend the cultivation growing season?

    Over the past 60 years, agricultural output and productivity have significantly increased and plastic agricultural film for silage, mulch and greenhouse applications has made substantial contributions to this development. Scarcity of resources such as water, agricultural land and soil, together with pollution and climate change has put food production under increasing pressure. According to the UN, there will be more than 9 billion people on the planet by 2050, i.e. 2 billion more than today. At the same time, the UN are aiming to eradicate poverty entirely by 2030 and for the first time in human history to become a zero-hunger generation. Therefore, sustainability and efficient farming are now the priorities of both the public and private sector involved in agriculture. Read more here: http://bit.ly/FB-agriculturalfilm 

     

  • Intelligent technologies can add value to packaging

    Intelligent technologies can add value to packaging

    Incorporating a printed antenna can make packaging easier to track, as well as monitoring product freshness.

    Find out who is speaking at AMI’s Smart Packaging Conference and keep up with competitors who are using active and intelligent technologies http://bit.ly/LISmartPackaging

  • Growth in plastics processing for Iran

    Growth in plastics processing for Iran

    Iran’s plastics processing industry is one of the largest in the Middle East and has excellent prospects for growth following the lifting of certain economic sanctions in January 2016. Access our Database of Plastics Processors in Iran providing information on more than 300 processing sites in the country to grow your business http://bit.ly/2vhLUiv

  • Bio-based future?

    Bio-based future?

    Scientists at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at Bath University in the UK have developed a technique to make polycarbonate from sugar and carbon dioxide Lou Reade reports http://bit.ly/LI-Bio-based

     

  • EU backs NIR pigment study to ease recycling

    EU backs NIR pigment study to ease recycling

    A consortium of companies from the UK, Ireland and Sweden has secured a €1.47m investment co-funded by the European Union’s horizon 2020 programme to develop near-infrared (NIR) detectable pigments as an alternative to carbon black and other colorants that cannot be easily sorted during recycling. Read more here, http://bit.ly/LI-Recyling-AMI

  • Single Serve Beverage Capsules - Market Growth

    Single Serve Beverage Capsules - Market Growth

    From a niche market, single serve beverage capsules have grown to be one of the most important sub-applications of the ambient thin wall packaging segment in the past 5 years. This dynamic market segment has a complex value chain. There are a number of coffee brewing systems available with proprietary capsule designs. Nespresso and Keurig are brands that pioneered the emergence of the segment and have the highest machine instalment rates globally http://bit.ly/LICapsulesAMI

  • Growth in thermoplastic compounds in Europe

    Growth in thermoplastic compounds in Europe

    The automotive, appliances and telectronics sectors have driven growth of thermoplastic compounds in Europe, but do you know where they are and who their key decision makers are? Learn more here! http://bit.ly/2wuy1Bn

  • What makes stand-up pouches one of the fastest growing flexible packaging formats?

    What makes stand-up pouches one of the fastest growing flexible packaging formats?

    In the fast evolving stand-up pouches industry, technological advances are becoming increasingly important. To protect and grow profitability flexible packaging converters have to innovate. Product and system developments at several levels of the supply-chain aim to address changing needs. In todays’ competitive retail environment brand owners are increasingly looking at improving product differentiation while the proliferation of SKUs is driving demand for shorter print runs and fast design changes. Read more here: http://bit.ly/PouchesAMI

  • We are delighted to announce that we are re-branding! Effective 21 August 2017.

    We are delighted to announce that we are re-branding! Effective 21 August 2017.

    We have been working hard behind the scenes to update the look of our website, brochures, reports, and databases and we are now ready to show it to you next Monday. The new brand will fully reflect who we are today and symbolise how we will work with you in the future.

    Putting you, our customers, at the heart of the re-design, we collated your feedback on your perceptions of us. There were some specific areas and attributes that were highlighted as being essential to the added value provided by AMI:

    • Providing expertise and data to make informed decisions
    • Providing a forum for extended learning
    • Providing a platform to meet customers and conduct business

    We felt that is was important that our brand reflected this feedback, so put it at the centre of our brand new concept. The new logo reflects a more modern look and captures our mission to deliver excellent quality and support across the services it provides.

    Our new website; www.ami.international, which also launches on the same day will seek to increase our online presence and enhance our communication with you.

    We will officially unveil our new brand this coming Monday. Andy Symons, Managing Director commented:

    “Our new brand is designed to reflect all the historical AMI values while at the same time recognising that with new technology and ever changing requirements from our customers, we need to be increasingly fast and agile. We remain totally committed to delivering business critical information and creating better ways for our clients to connect with their target audience.”

     Carole Kluth, Head of Consulting commented

    ”The new brand builds on AMI’s 30 year reputation as a leading provider of quality information and events for the global plastics industry and reflects our drive to continue supplying great value to the industry.”

    You can contact us and hear more news from us on Twitter @Contact_AMI.  For industry news and content follow @PlasticsWorld. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn – AMI Info and Facebook – Applied Market Information

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • European cables market bounces back!

    European cables market bounces back!

    Lean, mean and competitive market leads to innovation and value generation!
    Technology has improved our lives. It has brought us unparalleled global socio-economic development, in which Europe has been a trail-blazer. However, today’s technology would be useless without stable and consistent provision of electricity and high-speed and reliable connectivity. To achieve this, you need a high-quality cable network. Such infrastructure takes time, investment and a commitment to the technology to build. For this reason, the cables industry is fundamentally tied to economic development of a region.  
    We know Europe is a developed region. So how has the European cables industry been faring? This is a question that AMI Consulting has answered in its newly published report Polymeric materials in the European cable industry 2017.

  • Strong growth for stand-up pouches across most end use segments to top US$ 4.5 billion by 2021

    Strong growth for stand-up pouches across most end use segments to top US$ 4.5 billion by 2021

    Stand-up pouches is now one of the fastest growing flexible packaging formats with global demand expected to pass 90 billion units in 2017.   Our new report Stand-up pouches, the global market 2017 shows that the favourable development of the total supply chain cost of stand-up pouches and their stronger proposition to promote sustainability compared with rigid packaging alternatives will continue to be the key drivers of demand. 

  • Polymer based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs

    Polymer based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs

    The report’s editor John Nash says that “Construction activity has strengthened in Europe in the last couple of years and we are now seeing significant growth in demand for single ply. The market is shifting towards lighter weight and faster construction techniques which benefits single ply at the expense of bitumen felts. In response several of the single ply producers have increased capacity or are planning to. 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”.  For further information, please contact John.Nash@ami.international or Sylvia.Tabero@ami.international

  • New Exhibition from AMI: COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO 2018

    New Exhibition from AMI: COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO 2018

    AMI and Compounding World magazine is pleased to announce the launch of a new exhibition - Compounding World Expo 2018 - which will take place 27-28 June 2018 at Messe Essen in Germany.

    The trade show will be the world's first focussed exclusivley on the compouding sector of the plastics industry.  It will feature an international array of suppliers of polymer additives and compounding machinery and eqiupment, as well as providors of related services.

    Admission to the show will be free of charge for delegates ensuring a large audience comprising of compounders from all sectors of the polymer industry including polyolefins, PVC, engineering plastics, TPEs, masterbatch and recycling.

    To book your stand or to find out more information on the show please contact Matt Wherlock, Exhibition Sales & Marketing Manager at mjw@amiplastics.com or by phone on +44 (0)117 3148122

    You can also visit our new website dedicated to the Expo: www.compoundingworldexpo.com 

  • AMI APPS Downloads exceed 40,000 and continue to gather pace

    AMI APPS Downloads exceed  40,000 and continue to gather pace

    Apps update -Downloads of AMI digital magazine and conference apps have now exceeded 40,000. AMI continues to add over 100 downloads per week with a growing proportion of Android downloads and increased activity in emerging markets.

    The app downloads divide up as follows:

    Apple: 30,464
    Android: 9,674

  • @PlasticsWorld attracts 9,000 Twitter followers

    @PlasticsWorld attracts 9,000 Twitter followers

    @PlasticsWorld, the Twitter page for AMI's magazines, publications and events, has now attracted more than 9,000 followers from around the globe, making it more popular than any other Twitter feed run by plastics industry magazines.

    The @PlasticsWorld Twitter page is used to announce plastics industry news as it happens, providing useful links to relevant web pages, documents, images and videos. Our expert editors and journalists add breaking news stories on a regular basis, as well as reporting live from major exhibitions and conferences.

    Our 9,000+ Twitter followers are also the first to be notified when we publish a new issue of one of our digital magazines:Compounding World,Film and Sheet Extrusion,Injection WorldandPipe and Profile Extrusion.In addition, the @PlasticsWorld Twitter page is used to announce special discount offers on our books and publications, as well as delivering news about our comprehensive programme of plastics industry conferences.

    If you already have a Twitter account, then you can follow and contact us at @PlasticsWorld. Those without a Twitter account can still view our Tweets at:

     www.twitter.com/plasticsworld

  • Pipeline Coating magazine app downloaded more than 1,000 times

    Pipeline Coating magazine app downloaded more than 1,000 times

    AMI's Pipeline Coating digital magazine app has been downloaded more than 1,000 times since its launch six months ago and that number is growing fast.
     
    The app, which was published at the beginning of this year for Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets, provides direct access to Pipeline Coating magazine's coverage of news, business and technology developments for the global steel pipe coating industry. It is available free-of-charge thanks to sponsor TIAL, the Russian manufacturer of heat shrinkable coatings.
     
    The Pipeline Coating app is available for free download from Apple's iTunes or Google's Play stores.
     
    Download the Pipeline Coating Apple iOS app here
    Download the Pipeline Coating Android app here
    Find out more about Pipeline Coating magazine here

  • @PlasticsWorld attracts 6,000 Twitter followers

    @PlasticsWorld attracts 6,000 Twitter followers

    @PlasticsWorld, the Twitter page for AMI's magazines, publications and events, has now attracted more than 6,000 followers from around the globe, making it one of the most influential Twitter feeds for the international plastics industry.

    The @PlasticsWorld Twitter page is used to announce plastics industry news as it happens, providing useful links to relevant web pages, documents, images and videos. Our expert editors and journalists add breaking news stories on a regular basis, as well as reporting live from major exhibitions and conferences.

    Our 6,000+ Twitter followers are also the first to be notified when we publish a new issue of one of our digital magazines:Compounding World,Film and Sheet Extrusion,Injection WorldandPipe and Profile Extrusion.In addition, the @PlasticsWorld Twitter page is used to announce special discount offers on our books and publications, as well as delivering news about our comprehensive programme of plastics industry conferences.

    If you already have a Twitter account, then you can follow and contact us at @PlasticsWorld. Those without a Twitter account can still view our Tweets at

    www.twitter.com/plasticsworld

  • AMI magazine app downloads pass 30,000

    AMI magazine app downloads pass 30,000

    The iPad/iPhone and Android apps for AMI's plastics industry magazines have exceeded 30,000 downloads in the first two years since their launch.

    "We have been delighted by the response to the apps, which are helping to grow the international audiences for our magazines," said Andy Beevers, head of business publishing at AMI. "The split of downloads from the Americas, Asia and Europe is very well balanced".

    The free apps forInjection Worldmagazine have been downloaded 11,764 times to date, while 6,928 people have installed theFilm and Sheet Extrusionapps on their tablets and smartphones.The figures forCompounding WorldandPipe and Profile Extrusionare 6,868 and 5,543 respectively.

    The apps provide completely free access to the latest magazines and a big selection of back issues. You can find and download the apps by searching for the magazine title or 'AMI Plastics' in iTunes, Apple's App Store or Google Play.

  • AMI publishes first Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing magazine

    AMI publishes first Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing magazine

    AMI has launched the first edition of its new Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing digital magazine, aimed at a global audience of engineers and senior managers working at all levels in the international blade manufacturing industry and its supply chain.

    The 50-page launch edition contains an expert update on the investment outlook for the global wind energy market, it takes a look at the latest developments in high performance glass and carbon fibres, profiles the development of SSP Technolology's 83.5m offshore blade for Samsung, and previews the JEC Composites exhibition. Technical articles include a detailed look at resin impregnation of core materials and a discussion of optical strain monitoring technology.

    The launch edition also carries a review of AMI's Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture conference, which over the past three years has established itself as one of the leading meeting points for the blade manufacturing sector.

    Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing magazine is a fully digital publication distributed to 7,300 individuals worldwide.  The first edition can be viewed here. Find out more about the magazine and subscribe here

     

  • A Fruitful Fakuma for AMI

    A Fruitful Fakuma for AMI

    AMI exhibited at the recent Fakuma exhibition which took place from 16-20 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  Present at the exhibition were Matt Wherlock, Regine Futter and Lizzy Carroll from the AMI Publishing team, Sylvia Tabero from AMI Consulting and Chris Smith & Andy Beevers from the AMI Magazines team. 

    AMI Publishing launched its latest publications in the form of 2 new guides: AMI's Guide to the Injection Moulding Industry in Austria and Switzerland.  News that the Germany injection moulding guide will be published in Q2, 2013 created much interest with pre-orders being confirmed by visitors to the stand. 

    Injection World - the monthly global magazine for moulders, mould makers and product designers - also received positive feedback at the show and stories and features covered at Fakuma will appear in future editions. 

    With numerous orders confirmed at the show and many leads to follow up, Fakuma proved a worthwhile and fruitful trip for the AMI team and a return visit to southern Germany in 2014 is very much on the cards.  

    Next up, AMI will be exhibiting at the Arabplast show (Stand 4D-163) in Dubai from 7-10 January.  Messe Düsseldorf will also shortly confirm stand allocation for the all -encompassing K Show to be held in October 2013, more to follow.......

  • AMI adds Android apps

    AMI adds Android apps

    AMI's digital magazines for the global plastics industry are now available on Android-based phones and tablet computers. Users can download free apps forInjection World,Compounding World,Film and Sheet Extrusion, plus Pipe and Profile Extrusion. Each provides free access to current and past issues.

    AMI launched free apps for the iPad/iPhone earlier this year, and these, along with new Android app, have already been downloaded more than 14,000 times. The addition of the new apps means that the magazines are now available on more than 800 different types of Android-based smartphones and tablets produced by a wide range of companies including Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Asus and Archos.

    To access the new apps, search for 'AMI Plastics' in Google's Play Store app or go to http://bit.ly/AMIAndroid.

  • AMI celebrates 25 years of flagship Masterbatch conference

    AMI celebrates 25 years of flagship Masterbatch conference

    AMI celebrated the 25th anniversary of its flagship conference, Masterbatch, from 19-21 June in Vienna.  

    Delegates from all corners of the globe attended the conference which this year was headline sponsored by BASF.  After two days of stimulating discussion and presentations given by Cabot, IBM, Leistritz and Coperion amongst others, delegates and speakers dined at the prestigous Johann restaurant to mark the occassion.

    If you missed this event, proceedings from the conference can be bought online

  • AMI Magazines publishes 100th edition

    AMI Magazines publishes 100th edition

    AMI has published its 100th digital magazine with the April edition of Injection World. The company launched its digital magazine business with the first issue of Compounding World in December 2008, and subsequently added Pipe and Profile Extrusion, Film and Sheet Extrusion, Injection World and more recently Pipeline Coating.

    The high-quality, clearly-focused digital magazines are distributed globally free-of-charge, and they have proved very popular with readers and advertisers alike.

  • AMI debuts at NPE 2012

    AMI debuts at NPE 2012

    AMI made its inaugural appearance as an exhibitor at the recent NPE 2012 show held in Orlando during April. 

    AMI's increasingly popular Digital Magazines were well received at the show with subscription numbers to all four magazines added to. If you didn't take the chance to subscribe during the show, you can still do so online for free by following these links: Compounding WorldInjection WorldFilm and Sheet Extrusion, and Pipe and Profile Extrusion

    Orders were taken on the stand for AMI Publishing's expanding range of reports on the North and South America markets. AMI's North American conference team also announced its programme for the next 12 months which generated interest amongst visitors to the booth.

    Thank you to all those who visited our booth. Should you have any follow-up queries following your visit please direct them to Matt Wherlock, mjw@amiplastics.com.

  • AMI launches Apps for the iPad & iPhone

    AMI launches Apps for the iPad & iPhone

    AMI has launched dedicated Apps for our digital magazines and our conference brochures. The first Apps are for the iPad and iPhone, with Android versions scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.

    Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the Apps for can be downloaded free-of-charge, plus current and past issues of the magazines are also available free. The Compounding World App is sponsored by Leistritz, while the Injection World one is sponsored by Plastribution. Maguire is sponsoring both the Pipe and Profile Extrusion and Film and Sheet Extrusion Apps.

    The AMI Conferences App contains brochures for our forthcoming conferences, including full programmes and booking details.

  • AMI introduces Pipeline Coating magazine

    AMI introduces Pipeline Coating magazine

    AMI has launched Pipeline Coating, a new digital magazine focusing on pipe protection technology, applications and markets. It builds on the considerable success on the company's Pipeline Coating conference.

    The first issue of the magazine was produced in November 2011 and can be accessed free-of-charge. Our next editions will published in May and November 2012. You can subscribe here and information on advertising in the magazine can be found  here.

  • Injection World App reaches 2000 downloads

    Injection World App reaches 2000 downloads

    The iPad/iPhone App for Injection World magazine has now been downloaded more than 2,000 times since its launch less than four months ago. The USA is the leading country for downloads, with China, Germany, Thailand and the UK making up the rest of the top five.

    "We have been very pleased with the initial reaction to all five of our new apps," said Andy Beevers, head of business publishing at AMI. "So far we've had a total of more than 6,000 downloads, with Injection World accounting for more than 2,000 of these. The figures continue to grow on a daily basis, plus we expect lots more interest when we launch the Android versions next month."

    Sponsored by Plastribution, the Injection World  app is available free-of-charge along with past and current issues of the magazine. Search for 'AMI Plastics' in the App Store or click here for more details.

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