3D Printing will Transform Plastics Industry

A new industrial revolution for the plastics industry in Europe could be on the way thanks to three-dimensional printing technology (3D printing), according to The European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA).

Additive manufacturing – often referred to as 3D printing – is rapidly expanding meaning future demand for plastic materials used in the process, such as Nylon, ABS, Polylactic acid (PLA), High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), is sure to increase.

From printing parts for the military to medical implants, jewellery and football boots designed for individual feet, this evolving technology also offers the plastics industry exciting opportunities for developing new markets as it gives manufacturers the potential to launch a whole swathe of products more quickly at lower costs and with fewer risks.

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Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) Regulation

EPDA has urged plastic suppliers to make sure they comply with the latest legislation for restricted substances.  On 1 June 2015, the European Chemicals Agency’s latest Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulation came into effect.  This requires plastic resin suppliers to provide a safety data sheet for any substance classified as dangerous by the Dangerous Preparations Directive.

Click the links below to read the published articles:

Plastics Information Europe (7 September 2015)
eppm (27 August 2015)
Kunstoff Information (15 September 2015)
Mundoplast (31 August 2015)
Plasteurope (31 August 2015)
Packaging Today (26 August 2015)
Macplas Online (2 September 2015)
Macplas Online Italy (2 September 2015)
Veeoz(August 2015)

EPDA Regional Meeting – Italy

We are pleased to announce the first regional networking lunch for members of the EPDA based in Italy.

This is being organised by Maurizio Adreani and will take place at 13.00 CET on Friday 18 September in Milano. This is an informal business lunch and costs will be shared amongst participants.

If you would like to attend please contact Simona Albertini to be added to the attendance list. The lunch will take place at Trattoria Arlati – Via Alberto Nota n° 47 – Milano at 13.00 Italian time, reservation in the name of Adreani Maurizio.

EPDA Reaches Out To Plastics Industry

Plastics suppliers are being urged by the European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) to ensure they are compliant with the latest legislation for restricted substances, as the deadline approaches for SMEs to register existing chemicals used in production processes.

EPDA, the voice of the European plastics distribution industry, says the latest Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulation came into effect on June 1 2015. Related to the plastic industry, from this date plastic resin suppliers are required to provide a safety data sheet for a substance, or a mixture classified as dangerous according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive.

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State of the Nation Survey Results

The 2015 Q1 State of the Nation survey results have been posted, and indicate a level of optimism amongst members in the industry.

Click here to read the results.

Presentation of the Quadrant Award 2015

Quadrant, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-performance thermoplastics and composites, conferred the coveted international «Quadrant Award» for the sixth time on Friday, January 30, 2015. Read more…

Expansion of 3A Composites Display Business

Schweiter Technologies is further strengthening its display business with 3A Composites and has entered into an agreement to acquire the Polycasa Group, a leading manufacturer of transparent plastic sheeting, from the Aventas Group. In 2014 Polycasa generated sales of circa. EUR 180 million. The agreed enterprise value for the Polycasa Group (on a cash free/debt free basis) is EUR 120 million. The transaction will be completed following approval by the relevant competition authorities.

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GEHR Plastic Selector – New App to Find the Right Plastic Material

As of now GEHR provides mobile support in finding the right plastic material for each application with the new App for mobile devices.
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IAPD Honours Nick Kraguljac, Zell-Metall GmbH with the 2014 Paul Davis Award of Merit

Overland Park, KS — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacture of plastic stock shapes and pipe, valves and fittings, has named Nick Kraguljac as its 2014 Paul Davis Award of Merit recipient.
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PLAST 2015

PLAST 2015, the international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry, takeS place on 5-9 May 2015 at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Rho, during the EXPO 2015 inaugural week.

Thanks to the confirmed participation of some of the most important international companies operating in the sector and to the many expressions of interest, PLAST 2015 (5-9 May 2015 – Fiera Milano Rho) will feature the debut of 3D PLAST, a broad exhibition area dedicated to additive manufacturing, fast prototyping, design software, 3D printing and related technology.
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