Latest Range of Pharmaceutical Packaging

Klöckner Pentaplast will present the latest range of pharmaceutical packaging solutions and services at Pharmapack Europe, February 10-11, 2016, in Paris, France. Focusing on the company’s BlisterPro® XCEL suite of consulting, design, stability and prototyping services, visitors will learn from design engineers about exemplary product launch processes and the different steps necessary to get a prototype package in only two weeks. Kevin Carter, Global Business Development Manager, will deliver presentations at 10:30 and 15:00 on Wednesday and Thursday, demonstrating the advantages of working with the pharmaceutical team at the kp i.center, Klöckner Pentaplast’s first packaging innovation facility. Visit kp at Booth 641. Read more…


Kunststoff Information Article: The Future of 3D Printing to 2025

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Smithers Pira: Sehr starkes Wachstum in den nächsten Jahren / EPDA: Neue „industrielle Revolution“
Laut der jüngsten Studie „The Future of 3D Printing to 2025“ von Smithers Pira (Leatherhead / Großbritannien; www. smitherspira.com) wird der weltweite Markt für 3D-Druck in den nächsten zehn Jahren wertmäßig von heute rund 6 Mrd USD um durchschnittlich 24 Prozent p.a. zulegen und bis 2025 einen Wert von nahezu 50 Mrd USD erreichen. Berücksichtigt in dieser Prognose sind neben 3D-Druckern auch Rohstoffe, gefertigte Teile und Dienstleistungen. Mit dem Wachstum einher gehe laut Smithers Pira eine zunehmende Professionalisierung der 3D-Druck- und Prototyping-Branche – was wiederum neue Marktpotenziale eröffne.

Der größte Anwendungsbereich der generativen Fertigung ist bislang der Automotive-Sektor. Bis 2025 soll der 3D-Druck für diesen Einsatzbereich insgesamt von heute 825 Mio USD auf einen Wert von rund 7 Mrd USD ansteigen. Andere für den 3D-Druck wichtige Industriesektoren sind Konsumwaren – wie etwa Schuhe und Smartphones – und die Luftfahrt. Im Jahr 2015 stand Nordamerika für rund 40 Prozent des globalen Marktes für additive Fertigungen, gefolgt von Europa (31 Prozent) und Asien (26 Prozent). In den nächsten zehn Jahren wird der Nafta- Raum der Smithers Pira-Studie zufolge jedoch auf einen Anteil von 32 Prozent zurückgehen, gleichauf in etwa mit Asien, wo der 3D-Druck – insbesondere in China – sich immer stärkerer Akzeptanz und Verbreitung erfreut.

Die additiven Fertigungstechnologien könnten in der europäischen Kunststoffindustrie in den nächsten Jahren für eine regelrechte „industrielle Revolution“ sorgen, so die Prognose des Halbzeug-Verbandes European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA, Salisbury / Großbritannien; www.epda. com). Die 3D-Technik eröffne viele neue Marktchancen und ermögliche den Herstellern die schnellere, kostengünstigere und auch letztlich risikoärmere Produktentwicklung. Dadurch, so EPDA, werde die Nachfrage nach einer Vielzahl von Kunststoffen wie PA, ABS, PLA oder PS-HI stark angetrieben.


2016 Annual Conference – Call for Presenters

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Do you want to speak directly to the owners, CEO’s, directors and top executives of Europe’s top plastics manufacturers and distributors?

Then join The IGNITE Session. These are a series of fast paced, short, dynamic presentations to generate awareness and stimulate discussion on industry related topics. The IGNITE Session takes place from 0930 – 1030 on Saturday 18th June, the second day of the EPDA annual conference. Presenters are given 10 minutes each and should be careful not to advertise.

The conference theme: The Zeitgeist of Distribution.

If you would like to be part of The IGNITE Session at the 2016 EPDA Annual Conference in Hamburg from Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th June, please forward details of your presentation topic to charlie@epda.com by Friday 29 January for the EPDA Board to review.

We look forward to hearing from you!


EPDA’s First Distributor Forum – A Success

An inaugural forum on improving efficiency in the plastics industry, staged by the European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) at GEHR GmbH’s plant in Mannheim, Germany, on November 25-26, has been declared an outstanding success.

GEHR, a major manufacturer of thermoplastic semi-finished products, plates, rods and tubes, was chosen to host the first ever Distributors Forum organised by the EPDA, which included a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art facilities during the two-day event.

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PIE Annual Review 2015

The year 2015 will no doubt be remembered in the European plastics industry as a special turning point. Structural shifts in the mechanisms of the global polyolefin landscape began to have a massive impact on the European market. In spring, the industry was confronted with previously unheard-of bottlenecks
in the supply of polymer materials, and despite the steep fall in oil prices, plastics notations virtually exploded. Many watched in sheer disbelief as the proven measures of scale – the feedstock prices – started to lose their indicative value. If there is one thing that 2015 developments prove, it is that little will remain as it once was. Read more…


Kunststoff Information/PIE Interview with EPDA President

Kunststoff Information (KI) and PIE published an interview with David Ladyman, EPDA President on 8 Dec 2015 about the political and economic challenges to the European semi-finished plastics industry.  Read the article in German and English.

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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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