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SPI’s Plastics Market Watch series focuses on key end-markets for the plastics industry. The series looks at the impact of the consumer on the business of plastics, including demographics, economics, policy developments, and technological improvements for markets including; automotive & transportation, healthcare, packaging, housing & construction, automotive recycling, and bioplastics.

Bioplastics are plastics that either: originate from a renewable resource, are biodegradable, or are both. As new applications and technologies are developed, bioplastics represent an evolution within the plastics marketplace. Bioplastics are part of plastics’ growth story that is inspiring brand owners and manufacturers to find new applications and solutions for products. Learn more about bioplastics in the recently released Bioplastics: Plastics Market Watch. Sponsored by BASF, Braskem America, Genarex, and Novamont.

 


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PMW_BIOPLASTICS_COVERBioplastics

Despite the fact that bioplastics have been around – and widely used – since the 1950s, there is still confusion and misunderstanding about bioplastics: from their origins and feedstocks to their end-of-life disposal, biodegradability and product performance.

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Automotive Recycling

It is critical that stakeholders outside the plastics industry recognize the value of the material not only in the automotive manufacturing  process, but also in terms of post-industrial and post-consumer recycled material that can be used in products, both in auto applications as well as other industries.


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Building and Construction

One might not normally think of building and construction as a major use of plastics, yet the construction industry is the second largest consumer of plastics, second only to packaging. It isn’t difficult to see why this is true. The wide functionality of plastics provides a distinct advantage over many other traditional building materials in terms of resistance to weathering, flexibility for many uses and lower costs.


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Packaging

Plastic packaging has become ubiquitous across the globe because of the virtually endless advantages it offers over other forms of packaging. The ability to meet unique packaging needs—from antistatic protective packaging for electronic components to shelf-able containers for food products that once required costly cold storage—make plastics the hands down preference for just about every form of packaging.


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Healthcare & Medical Devices

marketwatch-automotive-coverThe role of plastics in the future of healthcare will be significant. Globally, the demands for healthcare goods and services will be great, maybe even overwhelming. Healthcare is currently dependent on plastic and that dependency will only grow with time and innovation.


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Automotive & Transportation

The plastics manufacturing industry is well-positioned to meet the potential demand of the automobile industry due to technological advances driving a growing manufacturing sector. This first report anticipates an increased use of plastics in automobiles as economic and demographic forces converge in conjunction with consumers and the government demanding lighter, more competitively priced vehicles.


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