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.

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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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PVC4 Pipes & 25 Years of Recycling

As many as eighteen papers (see list below) dealing with the commercial and technical aspects of PVC pipe systems were delivered at the recent Plastic Pipes XVII Conference and exhibition in Chicago. Subject matter varied from the molecular to the ‘spectacular’ with in-depth analysis of PVC raw material and additives, breakthroughs in pipe design and installation methods, upward market trends for PVC-O pipe systems as well as recent findings in the sustainable nature of PVC pipe materials compared to non-plastic pipe systems. Furthermore, the Chicago conference marked the 25th anniversary of recycling PVC pipes and fittings.
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Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 International Conference

Everyone is doing it – looking for better materials to become more sustainable. It is good for the environment and it is also good for the brands as consumers want to contribute to a better world. So how far has the renewable sourcing revolution gone for the plastics and elastomer industries? Professor Endres of the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites will outline the markets and the latest developments at the next international conference on Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 organised by AMI and taking place from 18-19 March 2015 in Cologne, Germany. Asia will be represented by Samsung Fine Chemicals – Dr Hwang will give an overview of the bio-based plastics markets and the future potential in that region.
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The EORTC Charitable Trust

The EORTC Charitable Trust and EORTC thank the members of the EPDA for the generous donation of €4,080, raised at the gala charity auction dinner in Malmo.  Click here to read the letter of thanks.


EPDA Honours the International Association of Plastics Distribution Staff

EPDA_awardThe European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) recently honoured the staff of the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), which had been managing EPDA under IAPD’s subsidiary, Association Services International (ASI). During the opening general session of the 58th Annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo in Chicago, IL, USA on 29 October 2014, EPDA President David Ladyman of Vink Holdings Ltd. and Board Members Lari Hahtonen of Aikolon Oy and Stefan Willing of Quadrant EEP Deutschland GmbH presented IAPD CEO and ASI President Susan E. Avery, CAE, with an award and thanked Avery and her staff for their more than ten years of management of EPDA. According to Ladyman, “We genuinely appreciate all the hard work over the past decade from entire team at ASI, and are pleased to be able to mark the occasion with this small token of appreciation.”
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