Industry News

Sustainability – More Than A Business Buzzword

There is more to a company’s sustainable performance than its environmental footprint.  Sustainability is made up of three governance “pillars” – environmental, social and financial. Long-term value creation for businesses is contingent on resilient strategies which continually adapt to a...

European Plastics Waste and Recycling Management

Plastics industry is a major contributor to the European economy, and there are efforts to improve current waste collection and recycling standards. The plastics market is fragmented with a wide range of end-use applications and materials, but there are limited...

Cobots

COBOT OVERVIEW In the last few years, the concept of robot safety and guarding has changed with the rapidly growing popularity of collaborative robots, also known as “cobots” Cobots include mechanical compliance or force feedback detection to stop the motion...

Plastics Recycling Industry In China

SAI’S POINT OF VIEW ON PLASTIC RECYCLING Improving plastic recycling efficiency in China solves 1/4 of global plastics waste problem. 73% of plastics waste generated in China is NOT recycled. Municipal and manufacturing plastic waste accounts for the vast majority...

China’s VOC Control Policies

CHINA VOC CONTROL MEASURE 2015 was a critical year for the implementation of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan in China. Significant policy advances were seen in many areas that year, especially in the comprehensive control of volatile...

E-Commerce and Its Impact on Packaging

Despite rapid growth over last 10 years, e-commerce still has large penetration potential globally Global e-commerce: Has been expanding at ~20% CAGR over the last 10 years Still had <10% share of retail trade in 2016, ranging from: Almost 20%...

SMART GLASS – A RAPIDLY GROWING MARKET

Smart glass (or dimmable glass) changes its light transmission properties based on external stimuli like heat, light, and voltage, switching between translucent, which blocks certain wavelengths, and transparent, which allows light to pass through. Industry estimates indicate a current (2017)…

Africa Executive Briefing

Africa - Demographic Overview Population Overview By Region, 2016 Total population in Africa is estimated at around 1.15 billion in 2016, and is forecast to reach to ~1.25 billion by 2020 West Africa is the most populous region with 47%...

Lightweighting in Vehicles – Opportunity or Threat For Automotive Materials?

The past 20 years have seen a global regulatory focus on reducing vehicle emissions, specifically for CO2, NOx, hydrocarbons and particulate matter initially outlined in the Kyoto Protocol.  Across the EU, this is reflected in Regulation EC443/2009 and addendums and...

China’s Railway Sector

SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR SUPPLIERS OF MATERIALS AND SERVICES IN BOTH THE OEM AND AFTERMARKET AS CHINESE RAIL EXPANDS ITS URBAN RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSOLIDATES HIGH SPEED RAIL. Structure & Size of the Market High Speed Rail China has developed...