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The 3600 Series undergoes an engine upgrade to run at higher speeds, reportedly with no loss in print quality
The Solution Coating Technical Center will offer customer trials and demos, toll coating, and R&D for the coating industry
The Tau 330 UV inkjet digital label press is said to provide up to 2 hours of uninterrupted printing, fewer changeovers, and less downtime
The DSS Compact Coex die is said to provide many benefits with less height and weight
The SPI Automatic Film Splicer performs non-stop film changes in food and beverage packaging operations
Attendees at the Spring meeting will have the opportunity to tour International PaperBox and learn about the company’s best practices
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- December 01, 2010
CLEVELAND, OH | The degradable plastic industry is showing positive trends driven by continuing interest in environmental issues as well as the increasing availability of biodegradable plastics. These conclusions are from a new report by The Freedonia Group.
US demand for degradable plastics is forecast to rise 16.6%/yr to 325 million lb in 2014, valued at $380 million. Opportunities will reflect continued capacity growth, efforts to reduce pollution and US reliance on petroleum products, and consumer demand for sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging and manufactured goods.
Polylactic acid (PLA) and starch-based plastics dominate the market, and both are expected to see strong growth. PLA will register the faster gains due to increased availability, greater processor familiarity, and performance enhancements that will expand potential applications. Starch-based resins will benefit from the introduction of improved resin grades, blending with other biopolymers and an increasing number of suppliers.
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a new product, had negligible sales in 2009, but the report predicts rapid growth over the next ten years.
For more information on Degradable Plastics, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.
|US Degradable Plastic Demand (million pounds)||% Annual Growth|
©2010 by The Freedonia Group
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