New EPDA President – Lari Hahtonen

The following article was published in PIE on 4 July 2016:

new_old_presidentAfter four years in office, David Ladyman has been replaced as president of the European Plastics Distributors Association. He has been succeeded by former vice president Lari Hahtonen. The changeover took place during the association’s recent annual meeting in Hamburg / Germany in mid-June.

Upon his nomination, Hahtonen – who works as a buyer at plastics processor Aikolon (Oulu / Finland; – emphasised the importance for European plastics manufacturers to react quickly to new technological and geopolitical developments.

Founded in 1973, EPDA’s members consist of companies engaged in a cross-section of distribution and manufacturing, with the latter comprising sheet, blocks, rods, profiles, tubes, pipes, valves, fittings and related activities. The association has set itself the goal of “promoting distribution as the preferred path to market for the semi-finished plastic parts market.

PRW Article: Plastics tipped to make light work of aircraft interiors

The EPDA featured in PRW:

The European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) believes that aviation grade plastics will play an increasingly important role in both new-build aircraft and makeovers from major airlines.

Click here to read the full article.

Media Articles – May 2016

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PEPP 2016: Annual Polyethylene/Polypropylene Chain Global Technology & Business Forum

HIS Chemical, one of the largest information service provider and consultancies in the chemical and polymers industry, is holding a PE/PP conference on 2-3 June 2016 in Zurich and is offering a member discount to EPDA members.

For more information on this event, please visit

The Annual Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology and Business Forum (PEPP 2016), is in its 24th year and is a well-established event addressing the entire value chain for PE/PP, from resins to converters, to brand owners, as well as machinery and equipment suppliers and technology companies. The long standing conference consistently attracts more than 150 attendees from around the world to discuss latest developments in polyolefins, technology and applications.

The conference opens with a high-level overview featuring salient topics in the current business landscape, followed by a deep dive into markets-based applications and technologies. We have several speakers from major companies confirmed to speak, including resin producers (TASNEE, Reliance, Ineos, Borealis, Lummus and LyondellBasell), brand owners (Nestle and Reckitts Benckiser) as well as technology, machinery and equipment suppliers.

Media Articles – April 2016

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Polyamide stock shapes: Automatic manufacture and quality testing

Fast, flexible custom casting made to order

TECAST_Ensinger_PrEnsinger has now largely automated the manufacturing processes of custom cast stock shapes. The new facilities at the Cham production location permit the flexible and efficient production of all plates and rods from the TECAST product line. Fixed programmed production sequences and fully automatic testing for cavities ensure a consistently high standard of quality which benefits customers during further processing. Transition to different plate thicknesses takes minimal time, and shapes ca be infinitely adjusted with just the click of a mouse. This allows Ensinger to manufacture standard
products at a high output rate and offer availability at short notice.  Also, in the field of non-standard products, the Cham factory can respond quickly and flexibly to specific customer needs, as the plate thickness can be altered precisely to the millimetre in line with the dimensions of the end product. The millimetre-precise adjustment of material thickness makes economic sense, as the machining process takes less time and less waste is produced. This results in major savings in terms of component costs.

Extensive stocked range

Ensinger offers you one of the biggest stocked ranges of cast polyamide plates and rods available on the market, with an enormous variety of dimensions, colours and modifications. TECAST plates are available in thicknesses ranging from 8 to 130 mm in the formats 1000 x 500 mm, 2000 x 500 mm, 1000 x 1000 mm and 1000 x 2000 mm. Now additionally available: 8 to 60 mm thick plates in the formats 1220 x 1000 mm, 1220 x 2000 mm, 1220 x 3048 mm and 610 x 3048 mm at short notice from stock.

For contact with foodstuffs, Ensinger also offers the material TECAST T natural, complete with semi-finished product approval testing. The plates and rods are in conformance with FDA (Art. 21 CFR 177.1500 (a) (b)) and comply with the requirements of Regulations (EU) no. 10/2011, (EC) no. 1935/2004 and (EC) no. 2023/2006.

Optimism in the Plastics Industry

The European plastics industry was in a much healthier position at the end of 2015 than it was in the previous 12 months, with growing sales and increased investment, according to a survey carried out by the EPDA.

EPDA’s recent State of the Nation (members may click here to read the survey) survey of its Europe-wide members, which is seen as a barometer of how the industry is fairing compared to the fluctuating economic circumstances on the Continent, found that over 76% of companies who responded had reported that sales had risen compared to the same period in 2014.

This boost in demand is reflected in the amount invested in capital equipment, with almost 53% of EPDA’s members surveyed replying that they had increased expenditure on machinery compared to the same time the previous year.

There was also positive news on the employment front for the plastics industry, with the survey revealing that over 82% of EPDA members reporting that it had either taken on more people or staffing levels were the same as the end of 2014.

Rising to the challenges facing the European economy, such as the economic slowdown in China and ongoing problems within the Eurozone, EPDA members believe that the underlying positive momentum in the plastics industry will continue during the year ahead with 58% of those surveyed optimistic about the future outlook.

EPDA was formed in 1973 and is the voice of the European plastics distribution industry, representing companies involved in a cross section of distribution activities encompassing plastic sheet, blocks, rods, profiles, tubes, pipe, valves, fittings and numerous related activities.

By joining EPDA you get full access to members and the ability to meet many of them at the annual conference or one of the Distributors’ Forums, getting the chance to link up with like-minded business people and explore new business opportunities.

As part of the activities EPDA is keen to also highlight the technical know-how and publications available from the publishing and resource library that was established to support members. In addition, the EPDA has formed an Affiliation Agreement with the IAPD (International Association of Plastics Distribution) which provides members with access to IAPD resources – including educational and training support as well as helpful documents – at a preferential pay-as-you-go rate.

The organisation needs to ensure that members get better acknowledgement for the international employment and investment that many of them are continually making. EPDA members are often at the forefront of industry investments and the aim is to showcase some of these members to ensure that they get the recognition they deserve.

Regional Networking Lunch – Italy

Following the success of last year’s lunch, we are pleased to announce another 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 Tuesday 23 Febuary 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 by Friday 19 February. Details of the restaurant will be published in due course.

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, Klöckner Pentaplast’s first packaging innovation facility. Visit kp at Booth 641. Read more…

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


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. 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.