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The VMI Group announced that it will be showcasing its automated solutions for the retreading process at The Tire Cologne show from 29 May – 1 June 2018 in Cologne, Germany.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) announced that 1.2 million square feet (~ 111,000 m²) on the NPE2018: The Plastics Show exhibit floor has been sold to exhibitors, making it the largest NPE show in history.

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KraussMaffei announced that it will present its injection moulding machines and technologies in combination with Industry 4.0 solutions at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 2, stand T01) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Hongqiao, Shanghai, China.

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Kraiburg TPE will be showcasing the latest Thermolast K TPEs for automotive exterior, consumer, consumer electronics, and packaging applications at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 6.2, stand C35) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Shanghai, China.

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Asahi Kasei Corporation is increasing the prices of the following products for all overseas shipments, effective from 16 April 2018.

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IAL Consultants has published the eleventh edition of its study on the market for thermal insulation in Europe. This study updates the previous report published in 2015 and contains market data for all the main thermal insulation products by material type and end-use application for the base year of 2016. Data is presented in both volume (in cubic metres and tonnes) and value (in EUR million), with five-year forecasts to 2021. Materials covered include glass wool, stone wool, EPS, XPS, PU, PIR, phenolics, and flexible insulation. The study covers 27 countries (including all major European thermal insulation markets) and is split into 15 country volumes. In addition, separate material volumes are provided for the four key insulation materials: mineral fibre, EPS, XPS and PU/PIR.

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According to data compiled by the Chinese research network ChinaIRN.com, the size of China's current medical equipment market has exceeded CNY 100 billion, with an average annual growth rate of about 23 %. In light of such rapid growth, it has become a major focus for medical device manufacturers to search for medical-grade high-tech materials. “Smart Manufacturing”, “Innovative Materials”, and “Green Solutions” will therefore be in the focus at Chinaplas 2018, which will be held from 24 – 27 April 2018 at the National Exhibition & Convention Center (NECC) in Hongqiao, Shanghai, China.

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Saip Equipment announced that it will be present at Batimatec 2018 (hall G1, stand D5), the 21st international exhibition of building, construction materials and public works, which will be held from 22 – 26 April 2018 at the Palais des Expositions de Pins Maritimes in Algiers, Algeria.

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Since 1972, the Plastics Hall of Fame, located at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell/USA, has honored people who have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of the plastics industry.  

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The K trade show is the most important international innovation platform for the plastics and rubber industry.

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