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Thailand’s GDP is expected to grow by 3.9% in 2023, according to the World Bank’s latest forecast, supported by stronger consumption, a recovery in the tourism sector, and strong pent-up demand following China's reopening. The World Bank projects economic growth of 3.6% in 2024.Export is an influential driver of Thailand’s growth. The forecast of the Thai National Shippers’ Council shows that the country’s exports may drop by 5-6% in the first half of the year before picking up in the second, but are expected to increase slightly by 1% in 2023.  The council also predicted that, benefiting from the Chinese economy and low base effect, the exports would improve in some sectors, such as electronics, automotive and agriculture.Although the global demand for Thai products has been affected by the trade tensions between major economies, the weak baht has helped boost the competitiveness of Thai exporters in some markets, the council added.Auto exports surged 43% in AprilThailand’s automotive industry has seen a remarkable recovery, thanks to the post-pandemic economic recovery, further improved semiconductor supply, and previous year’s low base. It is expected to continue growing in the coming months. The Thai automotive industry switched its primary focus to export market and since 2007, sales to overseas markets have steadily increased.According to the latest data from the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), Thailand exported 79,940 finished cars in April, up 43.53% from the same month last year. The export value reached 50.16 billion baht, representing an increase of 49.83% year-on-year. Exports in the first four months increased 18.3% year-on-year.On the other hand, the domestic market remained slow, as auto sales dropped 6.14% YoY to 59,530 units in April, following an 8.37% decline in March. It was because of the tighter credit conditions for pickup truck buyers, as well as the ongoing pandemic impacts that has dampened consumer spending, according to the FTI.Other potential risks for the Thai automotive industry include rising cost of raw materials, fluctuation of exchange rates, and the uncertainties in the post-pandemic era.Poised to become EV production base in ASEANIn line with the global trend, the Thai government is accelerating the development of the EV industry under its ‘30@30’ policy in order to promote Thailand as an EV production base for the ASEAN region.The National EV Policy Committee published the ‘30@30’ policy in May, 2021. The policy aims to ensure that at least 30% of new vehicles will be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) – battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) – by 2030.To support this, the government cut the annual road tax for new EVs, and it is encouraging public and private sectors to expand access to EV charging stations. Data from The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) show that there were 1,239 charging stations in the Thailand in December, 2022.In addition, import duties on fully assembled BEVs have been cut to 40% for carmakers participating in the government’s BEV promotion scheme.Demand for sustainable packaging would increaseAccording to a report of Mordor Intelligence, the Thai packaging market has consistently grown over the past 10 years and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 8.65% over 2022 to 2027. The country’s economic expansion has led to a steady rise in both the production and consumption of packaging goods throughout time.The report says the consumption of non-recyclable plastic packaging is on the rise in Thailand. As a result, the demand for environmentally friendly packaging materials, such as paper and board, rPET, and bioplastic, would increase.Besides, the growth of the e-commerce and delivery industries has led to an increase in demand for packaging, not least flexible packaging. The TPBI, Thailand's leading packaging company, claimed that the company's sales of plastic bags and e-commerce packaging have increased since March 2020.The PE market in the country is expanding as a result of this tendency, and the demand for PE resin for packaging is expected to soar throughout the next years.The Thailand Plastics Industry Association (TPIA) also remarks that there is a growing market for plastic packaging in Thailand. Notably, the market growth is driven by the food and beverage industry that generates one-fourth of the country’s GDP.Due to expanding economy and evolving lifestyles, frozen food is now experiencing a rise in demand in Thailand, which in turn supports the growing demand for durable high sealing performance packaging.Potential medical sector for foreign investorsThe Ministry of Public Health’s 2016–2025 Strategic Plan reaffirms the position of the medical sector as a top priority for investment and growth in Thailand. Favorable regulations and incentives from the government and the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) also play a key role in attracting international medical and healthcare enterprises to invest.With a well-established infrastructure already in place, Thailand has developed into a medical center for the ASEAN region. In Thailand, there are more than 1,000 governmental hospitals and 300 private hospitals. Government spending on healthcare has quickly increased, from less than 50% in 1995 to almost 80% recently.It is noteworthy that Thailand’s aging population will increase the demand for medical services in the next years. The proportion of people over 60 in the country is one of the highest in the ASEAN region. Additionally, Thailand is a medical tourism hub in Asia, with a rapidly rising number of foreign patientsChina tops Thailand’s FDIChina has become the leading source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Thailand, especially in the high-tech industries including EVs, smart electronics, and medical devices.According to the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), China accounted for 23.68% of the total FDI of 14.76 billion baht in Thai industrial estates in February, followed by Singapore (12.41%), Japan (11.65%), and India (6.39%).China’s investment in Thailand has increased sharply under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The cooperation agreements signed between the two countries at the APEC 2022 further boosted Chinese investment in Thailand under the BRI and Thailand 4.0 policy.The IEAT expects more Chinese factories to be built in Thailand this year, as China lifted its travel restrictions and the IEAT offered incentives for target industries, reports Thailand Business News.Thailand 4.0 is an economic model that aims to unlock the country from several economic challenges. One of its main objectives is to create a value-based economy that is driven by innovation, technology and creativity. Environmental protection is also a key focus, looking to adopt an economic system capable of adjusting to climate change and low carbon society.source : https://www.adsalecprj.com/web/news/article_details?id=62415&lang=1edit : handler
Editor 2023-07-12
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Continental prepared for future of ADASAUBURN HILLS, Mich.—For Continental A.G., advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are nothing new.The company, whose autonomous mobility segment is based largely at its research and development center in Auburn Hills, has been working on ADAS systems since 1996.In more recent years, the focus has been on a full-stack system supplier solution, according to Vinh Tran, Conti's head of business area autonomous mobility for North America.Full stack includes three pillars—the system and the software; the ecosystem; and the component business, he said."What we try to do with a full-stack solution is to really make a scalable architecture."Continental aims to have those full stack solutions in each level of ADAS, one through five, from entry-level awareness systems to fully autonomous driving, Tran said.The focus now is on supporting functions such as lane-departure warnings, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot detection—features that drivers know are there and working. When drivers are aware of ADAS systems, "they can slowly learn to accept the system," Tran said.As those systems evolve into more autonomous driving, drivers already will be accustomed to trusting ADAS, which will help them trust their vehicle to navigate during difficult situations, he said."It's a combination of trust as well as acceptance," Tran said.Drivers need to learn to trust systems like radar and Lidar, he said, as well as they trust their own eyes.Market leaderContinental has numerous systems and software functions on the market and is a market leader to many original equipment manufacturers, Tran said.The company's portfolio includes technology that uses radar and cameras including lane-departure systems, blind-spot detection, traffic-sign assists, rear cross traffic—a feature that uses short-range radar to determine if something or someone is near the vehicle and could create a collision—as well as traffic-jam assist, which uses cameras and radar to help ensure safety in a traffic-jam situation, he said.It's been a growing area for the company. Conti has been able to adapt its technology to changes."The architecture is getting more and more complex. And with that, also the components and the system and the software as well," Tran said.The company's autonomous mobility segment is headquartered in Auburn Hills, but the business also has teams in Mexico and Santa Barbara, Calif., the latter focused on developing Lidar systems through a partnership with technology company AEye Inc.Last year, Continental budgeted approximately $110 million for plant in New Braunfels, Texas, focused on ADAS components. The plant, which is expected to begin production later this year, will first focus on short-range radar products and eventually on camera products, Tran said.The focus on ADAS also ties into Conti's Vision Zero strategy—a future with zero fatalities, zero crashes and zero injuries on the road."In the end, our strategy in North America has been to be able to provide this solution to help create the autonomous mobility space," which will in turn reduce crashes, Tran said."It's a great vision and I think we're headed toward that. I think the market, and the entire market, is working towards that. As the technology evolves and evolves, I think that opportunity is increasing every day."source : https://www.plasticsnews.com/automotive/continental-prepared-future-adasedit : handler
Editor 2022-07-22
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'Switch has been flipped' on global EV growth, forecast saysBCG anticipates 59% of all new vehicles sold worldwide will be BEVs by 2035.Battery-electric vehicles will account for a majority of new light-vehicle sales worldwide by 2035 as government mandates begin and automakers roll out new models, according to a forecast by Boston Consulting Group.BCG anticipates 59 percent of all new vehicles sold worldwide will be BEVs by 2035, a double-digit upward revision from its estimate in 2021, which called for a 45 percent market share. Likewise, the consulting firm anticipates BEVs will make up 20 percent of worldwide sales in 2025, up from last year's forecast of 11 percent."We really think the switch has been flipped," said Aakash Arora, managing director and partner at BCG. "It used to be a few years ago that for many companies, both OEMs and suppliers, EVs were a very important piece of their strategy but still just a project. Now, we're seeing that EVs are the company and that ICE is the project."BCG's report released June 9 said BEVs are likely to benefit in the coming years because of a significant shift away from internal combustion engine vehicles as well as a "lower uptake" of mild-hybrid vehicles across the globe.By 2035, gasoline-powered internal combustion vehicles and those that run on diesel are expected to account for just 10 percent of global vehicle sales, compared with 85 percent in 2021, according to the report. The share of mild hybrids in the global marketplace is expected to grow from 3 percent last year to about 19 percent in 2025 before flattening out.BEVs, meanwhile, are projected to grow from a 6 percent share in 2021 to 20 percent in 2025, 39 percent in 2030 and 59 percent in 2035.The European Union is expected to lead the world in BEV uptake, driven by strict environmental regulations that come into effect over the next several years. BCG expects 93 percent of all new-vehicle sales in the region to be BEVs by 2035, compared with 9 percent in 2021.While the U.S. is expected to lag behind the EU, the country's BEV share should grow quickly, the report said, and be roughly in line with China's growth. About 68 percent of new-vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to be BEVs by 2035, up from 3 percent in 2021.Arora said the U.S. is benefiting from a "fundamental shift" in the regulatory environment under the Biden administration, which has raised climate targets and set a goal of having half of all new-vehicle sales in the country be zero-emission by 2030."The U.S. is now very committed to electrification in terms of the emissions targets and what we see in funding coming in," Arora said.But significant challenges face the industry and government as both push to electrify, what BCG calls "the sting in the tail of this rosy outlook."Supply chain constraints, geopolitical uncertainty and increased demand have pushed prices for lithium, nickel and other raw materials needed for battery production up significantly over the last two years, leading to higher battery costs.BCG said the solution is for producers to build new facilities to meet demand, though that will "not be easy" given long lead times on such projects."As long as supply gaps persist, they could hamper the buildout of additional battery production capacity, hinder efforts to improve the battery range and lifespan of technologies, and delay — or even reverse — the declines in EV ownership costs," BCG wrote.Likewise, nations must quickly ramp up the development of charging networks if they hope to meet targets. For example, BCG said the U.S. will need 1.1 million public charging sites by 2025 and 2.3 million by 2030, compared with 100,000 that were available in 2020.While the Biden administration plans to spend $5 billion over the next five years on EV charging, the White House has said it is targeting 500,000 public charging stations nationwide by 2025, well short of BCG's estimated need. And the federal funding put toward EV charging by last year's infrastructure bill is likely to pay for less than one-tenth of those charging points, BCG said.Still, Arora said he was optimistic the auto industry and other key players would find a way to address such issues."Now that everybody is pointing in the same direction, we'll be working through these challenges," he said. "I'm not dismissing the importance or significance of them, but we think this will lead to a new kind of innovation on charging and battery types and in mining. And it's going to drive change in regulation."source : https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/switch-has-been-flipped-global-ev-growth-forecast-saysedit : handler
Editor 2022-06-24
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Orders for German plastics and rubber machinery plummeted 27 percent in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year while overall sales were up 3 percent.   High demand from the packaging and medical sectors fueled demand in 2021 so the drop was somewhat of a base effect.   However, other factors have made it difficult for machine and equipment builders to process the orders and convert them to sales, according to officials of the mechanical engineering industry association, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA), which is based in Frankfurt, Germany.   "First and foremost, there is the poor availability of materials," VDMA Plastics & Rubber Machinery Managing Director Thorsten Kühmann said in a news release.   The war in Ukraine and China's strict zero-COVID policy also have contributed to logistics problems and greater uncertainty in the market, which are having a negative effect on business.   As a result, the trade association is scaling back its original forecast that projected growth of 5-10 percent, saying it's no longer realistic for 2022.   "Due to the ongoing developments on the procurement market, we only expect a sideways movement or, in the best case, a slight increase in turnover for 2022 — despite full order books. We expect a development of zero to 2 percent," Kühmann said of the new outlook.   With more than 200 members, VDMA is the largest organization for mechanical engineering in Germany and Europe, particularly Austria, Switzerland, and France.   VDMA says German member companies represent sales of about 7 billion euros in core machinery and 10 billion euros including peripheral technology.   Every fourth plastics machine manufactured worldwide comes from Germany in terms of value, according to VDMA.   Meanwhile, the Italian machinery sector released results last week from the latest member survey that shows a 14 percent growth in production for the year 2021, with value exceeding pre-pandemic levels.   For the first quarter of 2022, Amaplast reported a 28 percent year-over-year increase in demand, particularly in overseas markets.   Amaplast's outlook for the second quarter also shows optimism with incoming orders expected to grow by another 6-7 percent.   However, Amaplast officials also said it was difficult to forecast for the coming months as there are many factors that may influence the performance of the industry. They pointed to the war in Ukraine limited manufacturing supplies and leading to higher energy costs as well as the COVID-related closures in China, including the port of Shanghai.   "Companies thus find themselves operating in an exceedingly complicated and also paradoxical situation. In spite of the above issues, orders continue to accumulate and it may become complicated for many companies to fulfill them," Amaplast said in a news release.
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Kickstart: With EV sales increasing, batteries becoming a bigger questionWith EV sales increasing, batteries becoming a bigger questionWith electric vehicle sales picking up — EV sales were up 60 percent for the first quarter of 2022 and made up a record 4.6 percent of all U.S. sales — the auto industry and environmental groups are taking a harder look at what to do with the batteries in those cars once they reach the end of their life.Recycling for traditional batteries can be a mess. Polypropylene from cases have been relatively easy to recycle and turn back into new battery casings, but the lead and other chemicals in those battery have proven far more challenging. (The Tampa Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize this week for its coverage of the health hazards related to lead battery recycling.)Lithium-ion batteries pose a different kind of challenge, because the chemistry for them includes valuable materials like lithium that are important to recover and use again. The plastics used in separator film and structural frames tend to get less attention related to recycling, although Singapore-based Ace Green Recycling Inc. said earlier this week it will build a plant in Texas to reclaim 15 million pounds of plastics each year from lead and lithium-ion batteries.The Alliance for Automotive Innovation on May 11 introduced what it termed a framework to "support and sustain a domestic circular economy for EV batteries, create manufacturing jobs, boost U.S. energy security and reduce reliance on critical mineral imports."Investments in EV batteries are expected to hit $515 billion by the end of this decade, our sister paper Automotive News writes.An appropriate material for a grand openingAny company can have a ribbon-cutting ceremony. When pipe maker Uponor North America marked the opening of its $5.5 million, 25,000-square-foot expansion in Hutchinson, Minn., it had a pipe-cutting ceremony.The expansion will support the growth of Uponor's cross-linked polyethylene pipe manufacturing. Apple Valley, Minn.-based Uponor North America is part of Finland-based Uponor Corp.The PEX pipe used for the ceremony was specially marked with the date and location and given to attendees after the event.Dancing into the hallWe've written many times about the Toy Hall of Fame, but the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., is also home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame.While there are plenty of plastic components within any electronic toy, one of the inductees for 2022 relies even more on plastic, in this case a PVC sheet with sensors that make up the playing surface for home versions of Dance Dance Revolution.Like the Toy Hall of Fame, video games must meet certain criteria to qualify for a spot in the hall: Be considered an icon, show longevity, have wide geographical reach and influence other games.Since its debut in 1998, Dance Dance Revolution (also known as Dancing Stage in some areas) has gone on to influence other music-based video games with their own unique plastic interfaces for play, such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. source : https://www.plasticsnews.com/kickstart/ev-sales-increasing-batteries-become-bigger-questionedit : handler
Editor 2022-05-16
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Water in PET bottles continues US dominance, but soft drinks reboundAustin, Texas — People drank more bottled water than ever in the United States last year, and more water than ever was consumed from single-serve PET containers.Research from the New York-based consulting firm Beverage Market Corp. shows bottled water became the largest beverage category ever for the country in 2021, surpassing carbonated soft drink's all-time high of 15.3 billion gallons in 2004."There's no reason to think that will not happen again this year because bottled water continues to grow," said Gary Hemphill, managing director at BMC, Feb. 15 at The Packaging Conference in Austin.Bottled water accounted for 24.6 percent of the U.S. beverage market last year, Hemphill said, according to preliminary results. That's up from 23.6 percent in 2020 and 18.7 percent in 2015.Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) represented 18.7 percent of the total U.S. beverage market volume in 2021, up from 18.4 percent in 2020, but still down from the 20.3 percent total posted in 2015.This uptick also can be expressed as a 2.2 percent volume increase within just the CSD category, a reversal from a 3.7-percent decrease in CSD volume in 2020 as COVID-19 curtailed movement and out-of-home experiences."One of the interesting things that happened last year is that carbonated soft drinks actually grew," Hemphill said. "It's kind of a big event if you are selling carbonated soft drinks or if you are drinking them, it's nice that the category has rebounded a little bit."Last year's CSD rebound reversed a 16-year trend of consumption decreases in that category, Hemphill said.Hemphill said that despite the increase, the uptick could be short lived."I think the big question going forward is if this rebound is sustainable. We'll see about that.," he said.Even though CSD companies have endured eroding demand, the market has been able to counteract the volume declines with price increases. "On a dollar basis, the category is doing very well, lest you feel for the category," Hemphill said.Milk, another beverage that commonly is packaged in plastic, had an 8.1 percent share last year, down from 8.4 percent in 2020 and 9.3 percent in 2015, BMC reported.PET single-serve water bottles represented 71 percent of the total bottled water market in 2021, up from 70.5 percent in 2020 and 68.4 percent in 2015. Bottles ranging in size from 1 to 2.5 gallons were 7.8 percent of the 2021 market, down from 8.1 percent in 2020 and 9.3 percent in 2015.Home and office delivery, another category that uses plastic bottles, was at 9.3 percent of the total last year, equal to 2020's totals, but down from 11.6 percent in 2015, BMC reported.Overall, plastic, metal and glass represents more than 90 percent of the beverage packaging used, BMC reports."Over the last five years, plastic has seen the most growth due mostly to the success of the bottled water category while cans increased in 2021," according to Hemphill's presentation.Plastic held 45.8 percent of the packaging market share for all beverages in 2021, down slightly from 45.9 percent in 2020, but up from 41.4 percent in 2015. Metal cans were at 37 percent last year, up from 36.2 percent in 2020 and 36.9 percent in 2015. Glass, meanwhile, checked in at 11.4 percent in 2021, 11.7 percent in 2020 and 14.3 percent in 2015.Subscribe to Plastics News now for award-winning news and insight.Paper was 4.3 percent last year, 4.5 percent in 2020 and 5.3 percent in 2015. And all other packaging was 1.5 percent in 2021, 1.6 percent in 2020 and 2.2 percent in 2015, BMC said.Bottled water consumption has been growing for years and was up again by 4.5 percent in 2021. That followed a 4.1 percent increase in 2020 and a 3.7 percent increase in 2019. Increases in previous years included: 4.9 percent in 2018; 6.1 percent in 2017; 7.9 percent in 2016; and 7.6 percent in 2015, Hemphill reported.While bottled water continues to lead in beverage sales, the category also rose in price in 2021 by 6.4 percent, BMC reported. That compares with an overall average increase of 7.8 percent for all beverage categories. Sports beverages was tops with a 12.7-percent increase in 2021, followed by carbonated soft drinks at 9.4 percent. Sparkling and seltzer water was up 6.1 percent, and enhanced water was up 4.7 percent."Beverages experienced unprecedented retail price increases in 2021 with some segments still seeing accelerations. Higher prices are likely to continue well into 2022," according to Hemphill's presentation.source : Water in PET bottles continues US dominance, but soft drinks rebound | Plastics Newsedit : plastic handler 
Editor 2022-02-22
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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag on track for record sales in 2021Sales of injection molding machines built by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH are forecast to surpass pre-pandemic levels and could reach an all-time high in 2021 as demand continues to increase for all-electric models.The Schwaig, Germany-based company expects sales to hit 808 million euros if this year's trend continues.Sumitomo (SHI) Demag sells about 7,000 presses annually and is the third largest injection molding machine builder in the world behind Haitian and Engel.The medical and packaging markets comprise about two-thirds of sales and the electronics market has picked up, according to Sumitomo (SHI) Demag CEO Gerd Liebig."We are very close to the fight against the pandemic," Liebig said of the medical market. "We offer many solutions in the US, Europe and China for the whole range of possibilities for test for coronavirus and now the vaccination campaign. For customers in Europe, the main focus is pipette tips and we are very strong in this."Medical and electronic processors prefer all-electric machines to avoid use of hydraulic oils and for energy efficiency."The market direction is to go to all-electric machines," Liebig said. "The ratio all over the world is increasing, particularly for medical and electronic. For the United States and Japan it's very high. In China, it's also now increasing."In the electronic segment, half of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag' customers serve the automotive market and half produce building-related products, such as lighting, Liebig said."When these customers buy, they tend to buy a high number of machines," he added.Meanwhile, the packaging market is under some pressure right now because of higher resin prices for materials like polypropylene and polyethylene. Liebig said the company is seeing some hesitation to invest."In packaging, the material price is very important," he said, noting this market dynamic could keep the company from setting an all-time highest sales rate.If that's the case, sales would likely be about 800 million euros, which would be about the same as the 2018 record year.Through the pandemic, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has maintained a workforce of about 3,000 employees."So now it's possible to increase very quickly our production capacity," Liebig said.He expects the move toward tethered caps to create new demand for the company."Customers are investing in molds. I see the trend. That will start the end of this year and it will influence the packaging industry in the next year," Liebig said. "We are No. 1 in packaging in the world. We are extremely strong in thin walls and the caps and closures."A complete packagePost-pandemic trends indicate packaging producers are concerned about sustainability and the cost and quality of green packaging, which company officials said tends to be less expensive because of the trend to use less material and integrate processes like foaming.For Fakuma 2021, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag brought the El-Exis SP 250 and is demonstrating a cup application made from an International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC)-certified polypropylene material.ISCC Plus certification is a globally-recognized system for providing traceability of recycled and renewable-based materials across the supply chain.The El-Exis SP 250 has the fastest opening and closing sides on the market, according to Arnaud Nomblot, Sumitomo's business development director of packaging."Achieving injection speeds of 1,000 millimeters per second (mm/s) with short cycle times is a direct result of the hydraulic accumulator. Further supporting the sustainability agenda, processors can produce ever thinner and lighter packaging items, significantly reducing raw material requirements, packaging waste and carbon footprint," Nomblot said.The accumulator was developed about 15 years ago but has been modified over the years, according to Hans Schorr von Carolsfeld, an application engineer who talked with Fakuma attendess about the white PP cups being produced with a recyclable blue polyolefin wrap produced with feedstock derived from waste streams."We change drives and pumps and make modifications based on the knowledge we gain when they're out in the market," von Carolsfeld said. "The accumulator has a higher speed and acceleration. We're not traveling a long way so acceleration is very important. We can inject below a tenth of a second for the 64 grams of polypropylene."Sumitomo (SHI) Demag's trade fair slogan is Act! "Sustainably" and officials says the El-Exis SP series underpins its production innovations and mission statement that only machines and equipment that are compatible with ecological and corporate social responsibility credentials will be considered for production projects moving forward.Other demonstrationsSumitomo (SHI) Demag also is demonstrating all-electric injection molding machines for LSR, medical and in-mold decoration (see related story on robots) applications.The company unveiled an elastomer injection molding system featuring an Elect 130/520-450 with an LSR package and Servomix Z200 metering system from partner Nexus Elastomer Systems GmbH, Eberstalzell in Austria. A demonstration system is producing a complex automotive seal.The seal is designed to be molded using a "direct gate" without material closure, according to Henrik Langwald, director of automotive and electronics."The sealing lip must be completely pronounced to offer full functionality," he said. "We are setting a new benchmark to repeatably mold the tightest tolerances in 16 cavities, burr-free, with no conversion."Sumitomo (SHI) Demag also has a production cell for technical medical parts featuring the IntElect S 100/460-250 with an automation system from Waldorf Technik GmbH, Engen. The cell is based on the German partner's patented Vario Tip FSS (floor space saving) system."The uncompromising design of this trade exhibit showcases the production of medical parts and caps for insulin syringes, on a 16-cavity mold in a total cycle time of around six seconds," according to Anatol Sattel, director of medical business development.In another display, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and partner Sepro Robotique are producing an onyx-style shell on an all-electric IntElect 130/520-450 injection molding machine. Using a tool created by Polar- Form Werkzeugbau GmbH, Lahr, the two tone black and white translucent layered mineral replicates ABS.Condition monitoringSumitomo (SHI) Demag also is launching a series of permanent machine status condition monitoring systems aimed at reducing maintenance costs while maintaining reliability. The systems can determine the actual degree of wear and tear, enabling early detection and maintenance planning towards the end of the service life of the injection molding machine.   With condition monitoring, complex processes can be analyzed directly on the machine, making it possible to monitor critical parameters.   At Fakuma 2021, the company will present three options that can be implemented across all series. The first helps to keep all-electric machines permanently energy-efficient and powerful. Another serves to optimize hydraulic machine oil parameters and maintain component quality. The third reliably monitors control voltage across the entire injection molding machine series.   "Currently, our efforts are focused on detecting abrasion and wear to the screw, the plasticizing cylinder and the ball screws on all-electric injection molding machines," said Thorsten Thümen, senior director of technology at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.   The plan was to first focus on components where failures incur the highest costs and lengthiest machine downtimes. However, further developments to the portfolio of solutions are underway.   "Our ultimate goal is full monitoring of all critical components prone to wear," Thümen said.   For hydraulic machines, where oil usage enables trouble-free operation, but can also signal problems, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag offers additional measurement sensors for monitoring two parameters during machine operation. One is a monitor that continuously records the number and size of particles contained in the fluid.   The second is a measuring device that detects the physical properties of the oil, such as the water content, permittivity and conductivity.   Based on these measured values, the lubricant age can be determined via internal algorithms, according to Jan Taufer, project manager for condition monitoring. Prospective problems can be addressed before the chemical properties change to the extent that trouble-free operation can no longer be guaranteed, he added.   "This way, accelerated oxidation or wear processes, cooler breaks or water ingress due to condensation can also be detected and remedied at an earlier stage with minimal effort," Taufer said.   For reliable power supply, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag offers a system for monitoring the 24 V control voltage of the injection molding machines across the entire series. This is achieved by a power supply unit and intelligent circuit breakers that communicate with the machine control. The actual and effective cycle current can be monitored in real time.   "Consequently, potentially critical peaks or generally high utilization rates can be identified and countermeasures can be initiated at the earliest stage," Taufer said.   For medical processorsAnother trade fair exhibit was designed to produce medical insulin syringe caps on a 16-cavity mold in a six second cycle time with a fully automated work cell that is networked and offers digital quality control.   After taking the syringe caps from the injection molding machine, a removal gripper transfers them in order into a sliding table. From there, the caps are placed into racks, maintaining the sorting of each individual cavity.   After filling, the parts are checked for possible damage using a Kitov camera, Sattel said.   "At the point of ejecting all 16 parts, the system features a quality assurance station," he added. "A Sawyer cobot then waits at the outlet of the system and removes the filled racks from the system."   In the near future, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag plans to develop assistance apps for setting up and optimizing processes along with a material and knowledge library, and simulation tools for advanced settings and deeper insights into the processes.   "Our vision is an intelligent machine that can independently make predictions about part quality, machine wear and failures and perform optimizations online," Sattel said. "This enables process consistency to be increased, improvement in product quality, and maintenance to be adjusted accordingly."   Sumitomo (SHI) Demag officials say the exhibit also demonstrates the company's competence in mass-producing medical applications with extremely tight tolerances.   Connecting machines and robotsIn addition, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is addressing ways to meet future networking and communication requirements as another step toward Industry 4.0. All of the company's robots and machines are now aligned to the OPC/UA control for monitoring and integration interface.   For example, all new dosing devices now feature the recently released OPC-UA interface and directly link metering measurement data with the IntElect 130/520-450 processing data to ensure a traceable and stable production process.   At its LSR exhibit, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag demonstrates the importance of using robotics to eliminate component contamination and issues, which in this case is the sealing function.   "With SAM-C, we have succeeded in engineering the smallest automated injection molding production cell comprising robot and material handling technology," Jürgen Schulze, director of automation, said describing the handle-and-place solution.   The machine builder also is presenting its advanced web-based software solution myConnect. This central platform gives customers direct access to a wide range of fully networked support services and helps to manage inefficiencies, reduce costs, improve total cost of ownership, troubleshoot errors and minimize downtime.source : https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/sumitomo-shi-demag-built-injection-molding-machine-sales-are-track-record-salesedit : handler
editor 2021-11-24
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Kickstart: Biodegradable straws and a new kind of plastic banBiodegradable straws and a new kind of plastic banThere's a new wrinkle in the old debate about banning plastic straws.In early November, the city government in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on the Gulf of Mexico, repealed its 2017 law banning plastic straws and replaced it with an ordinance requiring that straws given out in food service must be marine biodegradable.What it means is that biodegradable plastic can now be used, along with paper. So if you find that paper straws get too soggy, this is for you.The Fort Myers Beach decision sets up a debate that I wonder if we'll see at more city halls, as materials like castor oil-based polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymer are commercialized.Some parts of the plastics industry, like packaging maker WinCup Inc., hope other cities change their plastic straw bans to allow for what they say are home compostable, biodegradable materials like PHA.WinCup calls it an "ecologically superior" material to the petroleum plastic straw."Our hope is that coastal communities across the country will follow Fort Myers Beach's lead by ensuring their straw ban policies are as strong as possible by allowing ecologically superior alternatives to petro plastic, like PHA," WinCup CEO Brad Laporte said in a statement.Florida's local straw bans have been controversial, and Fort Myers Beach's ordinance doesn't seem very detailed on defining what is biodegradable.But another maker of compostable PHA straws, UrthPact LLC, notes that Charleston, S.C.'s plastic straw ban specifically allows plant-based materials that meet the ASTM D6400 or D6868 standards and carry certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute.Biodegrability is a complex topic and for now, it seems like Charleston and Fort Myers Beach are in a minority among cities. But will this be the new trend in plastic straw laws? Time will tell.UMass sees economic boost from biodegradable plasticsAs WinCup and UrthPact know, there's interest in biodegradables. There's also research money going in.The state government in Massachusetts Nov. 12 announced nearly $1.2 million for a new center to develop biodegradable plastics at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. One of the goals, they say, will be to make "ocean-safe plastics.""Institutions like UMass Dartmouth play a critical role in preparing Massachusetts' students for their future careers, teaching them how to tackle major global challenges such as plastic waste," said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who spoke at the kickoff ceremony.As plastics nerds like me know, the UMass Lowell campus is famous for its plastics engineering school, but this center will be housed in UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology.The announcement says the grant will fund equipment to "address material biodegradability and its environmental impact, specializing in the ocean impacts, and advancing the development of new, environmentally sensitive products."One thing that caught my eye: Those involved with the lab see a quick economic return.The news release said that because of the center's work with partner companies Radical Plastics and Paramount Planet Products, they expect to directly support the creation of 75 jobs by 2023 and another 232 indirect jobs in supply chains."Project estimates call for positive economic impacts within two years of launch, noting the large potential market for biodegradable products being driven by consumer demand and new legislation aimed at limiting plastic pollution," it said.Telling restaurants 'out with plastic, in with compostable fiber'And while we're on the topic of compostables, biodegradables and plastics, the city of Mountain View, Calif., wants to ban noncompostable packaging — including single-use plastics — from restaurants, fast-food outlets and coffee shops starting in 2023.The Silicon Valley city, well known as the headquarters for Google, Intuit and other tech firms, is moving ahead on a ban on single-use plastics in food service. In a Nov. 10 statement, the city said straws and cutlery made from "biologically based polymers or compostable plastics" are included in the ban on petroleum-based plastic.Mountain View said it wants food outlets to use compostable fiber-based material that is also free of PFAS chemicals, as part of its zero waste plan.Maybe it's another city for WinCup and UrthPact to talk to about the potential of PHA.Coincidentally, we saw this item Wednesday, on packaging maker Zume and robotics firm ABB striking a deal to put 2,000 robots in factories worldwide to make fiber-based packaging.They say it's aimed at "accelerating the transition away from single-use plastics," but the release does note that any fiber product must be as "easy to mold and as cost-effective as plastic."I'm sure the plastic packaging industry will have a few things to say about that, but it does seem like it's game on for finding new packaging materials.source :  https://www.plasticsnews.com/kickstart/kickstart-biodegradable-straws-and-new-kind-plastic-banedit : handler
editor 2021-11-24
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Survey finds Chinese plastics industry optimistic about 2021After experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, what are the expectations of the Chinese plastics industry on the development in 2021? An industry survey conducted by Adsale Plastics Network (AdsaleCPRJ.com) has received valid feedback from 1,340 respondents.  The “Plastics Industry Outlook 2021” was conducted from January 4 to February 4, 2021. It was found out that over 90% of the respondents are optimistic about the development of both the Chinese and the global plastics industry in 2021, of them 49.18% are “fairly optimistic” and 44.63% are “optimistic”. Only 4.1% of the respondents said they are “not optimistic”. More opportunities in the European and US markets Respondents expected to face challenges such as increasing freight rates, international trade barriers or new regulations, price fluctuations of some raw materials, and supply chain disruption due to the pandemic. In response to these challenges, enterprises will make various adjustments to maintain business growth in 2021. The major measures adopted include: increase the use of automation (47.91%); increase domestic sales (45.9%); enhance online digital marketing (41.57%); and adjust strategies for overseas markets (39.63%). Regarding overseas plastic markets, more respondents believed that Europe and the US will have more business opportunities in 2021, followed by South America, Vietnam, India, and Turkey, Thailand and Africa.Medical and sustainable packaging expected to grow In terms of application sectors, 50.67% of the respondents thought that medical and healthcare related sectors will have more growth potential in 2021. Meanwhile, 50.22% anticipated FMCG packaging and sustainable development to grow fast. Smart home appliances, consumer electronics, automotive design and safety, and plastics circular economy related sectors were also considered to have good growth potential. ▲Half of the respondents thought that sectors related to medical and sustainable packaging will have higher growth potential.Vast majority reported satisfactory performance Despite the impact of the pandemic, 73.58% of the respondents reported that their companies recorded a year-on-year (YOY) increase in turnover last year. Among these companies, 36.49% recorded an increase of 10-20% and 16.94% had an increase of more than 20%. Only about 15% of respondents said their companies had a decline in turnover. When asked to identify the most influential factors on their companies’ development last year, 54.7% and 48.95% of the respondents said negative impacts and increasing demand due to the pandemic respectively affected their companies most.   Besides, 34.1% of the respondents observed that there were increasing demands for automation and smart manufacturing. Over 80% of respondents forecast turnover increase While most of the respondents expressed optimism about the prospects of the plastic industry in 2021, 83.05% of the respondents forecast that their companies’ turnover for 2021 will increase compared with last year, among them 42.46% expected a 10% - 20% increase and 18.43% anticipated an increase of more than 20%.Most of the 1,340 respondents come from the downstream sectors: automotive (26.27%), daily chemical/food (23.28%), consumer electronics/home appliances (18.43%), packaging (15.82%), medical/medical devices (15.67%), and new infrastructure (4.85%). Meanwhile, the respondents in the upstream sectors come from plastic processing machinery and equipment and chemical & raw materials. In terms of company scale, 18.06% of the respondents come from companies with more than 500 employees, 9.85% come from companies with 300-500 employees, and 28.66% from companies with 100-300 employees. In addition, 35.45% of the respondents stated that their companies’ sales are domestic-oriented, 18.06% noted that their companies’ products are all for domestic sales in China, 19.85% said their domestic and export sales are equivalent. While 12.46% of the respondents said their companies’ sales are export-oriented, 14.18% stated that their companies’ products are all for export sales. Comments from industry expertsChina has been one of the first countries to recover from the pandemic. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently stated that China will play a key role in accelerating the global economic recovery. The World Bank also pointed out that China may become the only major economy to avoid economic downturn with its GDP growth expected to reach 7.9% in 2021. Meanwhile, driven by China, the emerging market economies are expected to grow by 5% this year, higher than the previously forecast of 4.6%. In his opinion, Yan Jianlai, Deputy Secretary-General of China Society of Automotive Engineers predicted that regardless of the fluctuations brought by the pandemic, the automotive market is expected to grow slightly in 2021. The market competition of new energy vehicles will be greater and the market concentration will be further increased, he said. As a result, automotive enterprises with higher branding and innovation capabilities will achieve better business development, and a number of medium-sized enterprises will be forced out of the market. Wu Hongjun, Deputy Secretary-General, China Packaging Federation, agreed that the industry integration in 2021 will be larger in scale. Leading companies will become increasingly competitive. He remarked that the policy guidelines for circular economy introduced by the Chinese government in February 2021 has proposed to build a sustainable supply chain. Therefore, the application of sustainable packaging will become more important to enterprises as the government is paying more attention to circular economy. According to Peng Xiandong, General Manager of Large Electronics Group at China Market Monitor Co., Ltd., a consumer survey was conducted by the company and has shown that Chinese consumers are generally optimistic about the market of 2021. He commented that the market and sales of small home appliances are projected to keep growing in 2021. The market of other large white appliances is forecast to rebound this year, with turnover growing steadily in the next three years.source : http://www.adsalecprj.com/en/news_show-72238.htmledit : HANDLER
editor 2021-04-21
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Auto industry resilient in 2020, amid COVID pandemicFor automakers and suppliers, the last year wasn't just about getting through the COVID-19 pandemic. It was about coming through it stronger and wiser, changed for the better.That may have seemed like an impossible task when the virus began its global spread, shutting down businesses and entire countries, and slowing global industries. Even as the auto industry faced big challenges, it found innovative ways to address emerging concerns.Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive's president of Americas operations and global vehicle forecasting, said he is not surprised."The industry innovates and finds ways to deal with whatever the situation is," he said. "I think, when there is an event like this, the industry and society tend to come out stronger and really know that they can fight through anything."Coming into 2020, the auto industry expected to see unit sales of about 17 million in the U.S. and 90 million globally, according to Schuster. The pandemic put a dent in those expectations, particularly early on when production levels plummeted.At one point in the spring, U.S. auto production fell to nearly zero, Schuster said, adding that global production levels fell by 60 percent.But things picked up in the second half of the year, and the market quickly rebounded. By the summer, U.S. automakers not only had revived production, they skipped their traditional summer shutdowns to make up for lost time."So we do see continued recovery," Schuster said. "Things are better than expected, considering we had a pretty significant drop (in production)."What bolstered the industry during the toughest points of the pandemic was an unwavering demand for new vehicles. Yes, sales trailed off when dealers were forced to close their doors during lockdowns, but new vehicle sales surged upon reopening."Sales, overall, were much stronger than we thought they would be (early in the crisis)," said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research.By the end of 2020, North American vehicle sales reached 14.5 million and global auto sales hit the 78 million mark, according to LMC data.Road to recoverySchuster remains hopeful that the industry will continue its recovery trajectory, though he said it may take a few years for unit sales to reach or surpass pre-pandemic levels. LMC Automotive is projecting sales of around 16 million in North America this year, about 1.5 million ahead of 2020.This year stands out as a pivotal one for other reasons, too. The ability to contain and control the spread of the coronavirus also will determine the pace at which the auto industry recovers. That's because the vaccine rollout and the U.S. government's latest stimulus response remain key factors for holistic economic recovery."There is a lot that can go wrong (in 2021)," Dziczek said. "But there is a lot that can go right this year, too."In many ways, the outlook for this year "depends on if you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person," Dziczek said.Count Matthew Portu as one of those glass-is-half-full people. As president of Freudenberg NOK Sealing Technologies, he's encouraged by the recovery his company has experienced since the second half of 2020. He expects the recovery to continue fairly smoothly, barring any major hiccups."I think we are nipping at full strength right now. We are very close," Portu said."Early in the crisis, it was assumed and universally thought that we would not return to normal until 2024 or 2025. We had these thoughts as well, and the reality was nobody really knew. We certainly started to see a robust recovery happening, first in China and then in Europe and then in the U.S. I think we are really very, very close to being back to a 'normal' and healthy automobile sector."That's not to say that there won't be additional hurdles along the way. The industry-wide microchip shortage already is posing problems for auto production.The root of the issue, Dziczek said, is that the pandemic created a demand for consumer electronics, which increased demand for the chips, many of which also are used in vehicle electronics. Shifts to remote work and remote learning led to a surge in purchases of office electronics, desktops and laptops.Stay-at-home orders also led to increased demand for entertainment electronics such as video game consoles. This surge was compounded by the release of some newer, in-demand consumer electronics such as the Play Station 5 and the latest Apple iPhone."Everyone tricked out their home office or home school space, and that had a big impact on demand," Dziczek said. "Shifting that demand back to the auto industry is going to take some time."Schuster agrees that the microchip shortage will remain a hurdle for the auto industry moving forward, but he does not see it as being a long-term issue."That may not have a lasting impact," Schuster said of the chip shortage. "But it is going to cause some disruption in the structure of the recovery path in the spring and into the summer."Moments of self-reflectionThe pandemic did expose the strengths and weaknesses within the auto industry. Every company along the supply chain wrestled with big problems and the industry, as a whole, tackled some together."I think the (industry's) strengths and weaknesses are the same thing," Dziczek said. "Depending on what context you are in determines whether (something) is a strength or a weakness."For instance, the global supply chain, which had been a critical strength of the auto industry, just wasn't a strength in 2020. Early in the pandemic, components makers couldn't produce what was needed due to parts shortages or shutdowns. At other points, shipping complications prevented completed parts from getting to the auto makers.Dziczek does not believe the pandemic will change how auto makers view their supply chains — it will remain a global industry, sourcing parts from around the world."It has always been a strength to have many eggs in many baskets," Dziczek said.Portu noted that the complications experienced during the pandemic went far beyond typical supply chain disruptions and likely will not be replicated often."This was different — noticeably different — in that everybody was in the same boat at the same time," Portu said. "Typically, you have one segment that might be impacted or one supplier or one OE. But this was everywhere; it was happening to everybody very rapidly."It is likely that, moving ahead, the auto industry will have a better idea of how to approach major supply chain disruptions that occur simultaneously. It likely also will have a plan for addressing shortages.Schuster speculated that in the months and years ahead, OEMs and suppliers will rethink what it means to run lean operations."The industry has been running quite lean, which has been considered healthy," Schuster said. "When you're running lean, you have to adapt quickly if things decline, but it also means when there is something like this and you don't have production, you don't have enough of a buffer to handle that."Chance to growMichelin North America Inc. saw 2020 as a chance to adapt and position itself as a leader in a newly defined automotive landscape."The last 12 months have been really, for us, a transformation," Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc. told Automotive News recently. "We have been transforming ourselves quite a lot in the way we work with a lot more work from home."Internally, the biggest changes for Michelin came when the company was challenged to examine how it communicates. With in-person visits and meetings sidelined, the company, like many others, turned to technology as a way to connect."Before the pandemic, our internal communication with employees was 80 percent top-down through monthly or quarterly meetings," Garcin said in an email to Rubber & Plastics News. "So, we completely flipped our approach and began to reserve 80 percent of our time to answer employees' questions, and on a much more frequent basis — weekly — via company-wide town halls."Those changes proved to be more effective for Michelin, especially in the ways it brought employees together. During a time when physical distancing was essential to employees' health, connections were essential to employees' well-being.FNST experienced much of the same when it came to communication. Portu said that was a direct result of the company's ability to harness technology in new and effective ways."In a strange way, I would say that our collaboration actually increased throughout this time," Portu said. "We were forced to pay attention in meetings—that's not to say that we didn't pay attention before, but this was different. It became more difficult to focus, so we had to be more creative and more innovative in collaborations."From the start, FNST responded to the crisis in the way many businesses did. Those employees who could transition to work remotely from home did so. This allowed FNST to close office spaces, limiting possible community transmission.As much as possible, Portu said, FNST tried to keep its manufacturing operations going without disruption. As industries around the globe ground operations to a halt, that became more difficult.During the end of the second quarter and into the early part of the third quarter, the company was among those to implement furloughs. The good news, Portu said, is that FNST has rebounded quickly. All of those furloughed employees have returned, and operations are running at or near pre-pandemic levels.To best protect its employees, FNST implemented safety practices across all of its facilities to ensure workers could return to work. These measures included temperature checks, social distancing and wellness checks.Portu said he is proud of the fact that none of the North American operations were forced to close as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak. And while there were employees who contracted the virus, there is no indication of community spread at work, he said."In all of our tracking, we never found a case that we believed was transmitted within our facility," Portu said. "It tended to be from the normal day-to-day things that happen when you are out and meet people or have contact with someone in your inner circle who is sick."Portu believes the ability of his company to weather one of the toughest years in recent memory is the direct result of the people who make up the FNST family."A lot of companies would say that your employees are your most important asset, but it's really true," Portu said, noting every employee across the North American operations stepped up and did what it took to pull through the difficult time. "This crisis really put a spotlight on our team, and everybody could feel we were in a pretty tough spot, so it naturally became an all hands on deck type thing."source : https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/auto-industry-resilient-2020-amid-covid-pandemicEdit : HANDLER
editor 2021-04-21