News Round-Up

Excerpt: Here are the news and developments in Plastics and Packaging Industry across the world

BASF to partner with Adani to evaluate investment in acrylics value chain in Mundra

One the eve of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, BASF signed a MOU with the Adani group to evaluate a Euro 2 billion joint investment for setting up the first-ever CO2-neutral site (100% powered by renewable energy) in the acrylics value chain. In Gujarat, BASF has manufacturing sites at Dahej and Ankleshwar. This strategic step further strengthens BASF's presence in Gujarat and supports the 'Make in India' initiative.

This would be BASF's largest investment in India to date. The designated site would be located at Mundra port in Gujarat, India. A feasibility study will be completed by the end of 2019.

According to the MoU, BASF and Adani want to establish a joint venture with an investment totaling about €2 billion (approximately INR 16,000 crore), in which BASF will hold the majority. The potential investment comprises the development, construction and operation of production plants including propane dehydrogenation (PDH), oxo C4 complex (butanols and 2-ethylhexanol), glacial acrylic acid (GAA), butyl acrylate (BA) and potentially other downstream products. The products are predominantly for the Indian market to serve a wide range of local industries, including construction, automotive and coatings, whose growing demand is currently supplied via imports, thus supporting the “Make in India” initiative.

On this occasion, Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, said, “India continues to be a very large importer of petrochemicals given the rapid expansion of the middle class, and this leads to a significant outflow of precious foreign exchange. Our partnership with BASF is a big step forward in enabling our country's 'Make in India' program, as this partnership will allow us to produce in Mundra several of the chemicals along the C3 chemical value chain that we are currently importing. Mundra's infrastructure is ideally suited to enable chemicals production, and our ability to deliver renewable power makes this a unique partnership on several fronts.”

“BASF's intention to invest in a major new site for the acrylics value chain in India clearly demonstrates our strong and long-term commitment to our Indian customers. Together with the Adani Group, we would have the opportunity to provide our customers with high-quality chemicals and support them in growing their business. With our production powered by renewable energy, we would be able to minimize our impact on the environment,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE.

In line with BASF's carbon neutral growth strategy, the chemical site in Mundra would be the company's first CO2-neutral production site. The companies have developed an overall plan including new technologies and the supply of the site with 100% renewable energy. Therefore, in addition to the investment outlined in this MoU, BASF plans to co-invest as a minority partner in a wind and solar park.

AAI bans single-use plastic items at its airports

THE Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to make its airports plastic-free by banning the use of single-use plastic items at its airports across the country. Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side, including banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates etc.

On the basis of a third-party assessment carried out by Quality Council of India (QCI), 16 AAI Airports (Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata and Varanasi) have been declared as single-use plastic-free.

AAI has also engaged QCI to assess/check the implementation of the ban of single-use plastic items at 34 airports handling one million passengers per annum, which will be completed by January 31, 2019. AAI is also enhancing its waste management systems and is promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives progressively like use of biodegradable garbage bags in the garbage bins and installation of plastic bottle crushing machine at airports. AAI airports have also started various awareness campaigns for sensitising all stakeholders, specially passengers, towards the cause and to drive engagement and cooperation from all of them. According to an AAI press release, the organisation has also formulated an Environment Policy, “which envisages its commitment for reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) and sustainable development by implementing cost effective carbon mitigation action to conserve environment and reduce adverse impact on society, community and ecosystem thus contributing to national sustainable development goals.”

RIL's revenue from petrochemicals rises 37.1%

RELIANCE Industries Limited (RIL) has witnessed 37.1 per cent year-on-year increase in its revenue from the petrochemicals segment during the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The rise to Rs 46,246 crore is with improvement in price realisations and volumes primarily in polymer products and fibre intermediates. EBIT was totaled Rs 8,221 crore, up 42.9 per cent. Strong volume growth and robust polyester chain margins offset the impact of weaker polymer margins. The annual volume growth was led by successful stabilisation of the world's largest ROGC, its downstream units and new PX facility at Jamnagar.

"In our endeavour to consistently create more value for our country and stakeholders, our company has become the first Indian private sector corporate to cross ₹10,000 crore quarterly profits milestone. Competitive cost positions and integration benefits are core to our oil to chemicals (Refining and Petrochemicals) business, driving sustained performance even in challenging global business environment. I am proud to be part of the committed and talented team at Reliance that has helped achieve many milestones in our continuing growth journey," Mukesh D Ambani, chairman and managing director, Reliance Industries Limited said. Reliance continues to benefit from integrated operations in the polyester chain. Chain margin declined marginally by 3 per cent quarter-on-quarter but continued to remain above the 5-year average. For the reported period, polyester demand grew by 6 per cent, led by 11 per cent growth in filament demand and 6 per cent growth in PET demand. Staple fibre demand however declined 9 per cent due to tight liquidity in downstream and increased recycled PSF replacement. For third quarter, domestic demand for polyester remained weak due to cautious downstream buying. RIL Fibre intermediate production during the reported period surged 14 per cent to 2.9 MMT. Polyester production declined 6 per cent at 0.7 MMT in view of planned plant maintenances. In Fashion & Lifestyle, accelerated store opening continues with 100 new stores being launched during the quarter, extending its reach to serve customers across 25 new cities with latest and trendy fashion products. Trends Extension formats continue to receive overwhelming customer response driving strong revenue growth and enjoys an early mover advantage in small towns. 32 Trends Women, 19 Trends Small Town stores and 5 Trends Man stores are operational as on December 31, 2018, with plans to extend its reach covering newer geographies across the country.

Work on Ratnagiri refinery likely to begin in January 2020 despite widespread protests

RATNAGIRI Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL), which is setting up the ambitious Nanar refinery project, hopes to commence physical work in January 2020 despite protests by the farmers and the Shiv Sena's strong opposition to the refinery project. The statement assumes importance as the BJP-run state government had in November 2018 ordered a halt on land acquisition for the project, in view of the increasing protest by the local farmers and fishermen. The 60-million tonnes per annum refinery-cum-petrochemical complex is estimated to cost of Rs. 3 trillion, and will come up in over 15,000 acres in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The project, to come up at Babulwadi village, would be the world's largest green-field refinery-cum-petrochemical complex when commissioned and would require 15,000 acres, which need to be acquired from farmers. Nearly 14 villages and 850 families are likely to be affected due to the project. State-owned oil refiners – IOC, the ONGC-owned HPCL and BPCL – jointly own 50 per cent in the project, while Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company own the rest of equity. “The company has already received consent from 30-40 per cent of the locals and the work will be completed as per schedule in 2025,” RRPCL's Chief Executive Mr. B. Ashok was quoted as saying by told news agency reports. “We are going ahead with the project and we are in continuous dialogue with the land owners trying to spread awareness about the benefits of the project, which will not just change the face of the industry but also the district, state and the country as a whole,” he said. The Opposition Congress, NCP and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and the ruling ally Shiv Sena in the state are supporting the locals who are opposed to the project as they claim that it would damage the fragile ecology.

Spreading awareness

To spread awareness about the project, the company had taken some of the villagers to the Panipat Refinery, in Haryana, Mr. Ashok said and added that he is hopeful of starting the ground work on January 1, 2020 and actual work in 2021. When asked if the company has the support from the state, especially after the state government had last November stayed the land acquisition process for the project, Mr. Ashok said, “we have complete support from both the Centre as well as the state.” On the concerns of the protesters that the refinery will create pollution, he said, “nearly 80 per cent of the land is barren and we have committed to plant around 1,000 trees in the vicinity of the refinery. It is going to be an integrated project and also create jobs for the locals. If the project does not happen, it will be a big miss for the nation.” According to RRPCL's official website the project is expected to be commissioned by 2025.

West Bengal's shale gas investment potential seen at over Rs. 50,000-crore

SHALE gas exploration has the potential to generate investment of up to Rs. 50,000-crore over the next few years in West Bengal, according to the State Finance Minister, Mr. Amit Mitra. He noted that companies like Great Eastern Energy Corp. Ltd. (GEECL) and Essar Oil that are producing coal-bed methane (CBM) in the Ranigunj belt of Bardhaman district, West Bengal, have expressed interest in exploring commercial viability of exploration of shale gas. The new unified licensing regime of the Union government has allowed shale exploration from CBM blocks. The Raniganj block reportedly has a shale gas potential of 7.7 trillion cubic feet (tcf). “GEECL has expressed interest to explore and extract shale gas if there is commercial viability. I hope Essar Oil, too, will actively look into it. Other players are welcome. We feel, this segment has investment potential of Rs. 50,000-crore,” he told reporters and industry captains during an interactive session titled “Gas Industry in West Bengal” organised by FICCI in Kolkata recently. According to Mr. Mitra, ONGC has found a gas reserve in the Ashoknagar area in North 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal. Tests are on to gauge the commercial viability of the reserve. The Minister further pointed out that the State government was willing to support such companies, even as he urged downstream and user industries like plastics and ceramics to explore setting up units so that the gas sector becomes viable.

Need for regulatory support

According to Mr. Prashant Modi, MD and CEO, GEECL, there was a need for a more conducive regulatory framework. Support of both the Centre and State governments are required for these gas exploration contracts to fructify. “We have already announced an investment of $2-bn (around Rs. 14,000-crore) over the next 10 years in shale gas extraction,” he said adding that a relaxed regulatory framework should include increasing the licensing period. GEECL's CBM block may hold as much as 6.63 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of shale resources, of which about 1.7-tcf can be recovered, he said.

LyondellBasell licenses polypropylene technology to Chinese firms

MULTINATIONAL chemicals conglomerate, LyondellBasell, has announced that China Petroleum Materials Limited Corporation (CPMC) and Petrochina Liaoyang Petrochemical Company (LYPC) have selected its Spherizone technology for a 300-ktpa polypropylene (PP) plant planned to be built at Liaoyang, Liaoning Province, China. This project represents the ninth Spherizone line licensed in China. With this license, the total design and operating capacity of Spherizone lines in China will exceed 3,000-ktpa, Lyon-dellBasell informed. “Unlike other PP process technologies, it also allows the production of entirely new families of propylene-based polymers using its unique multi-zone circulating reactor system,” the company added.

Indian composites industry set to touch $2.5-bn by 2021

THE composites industry expects to achieve a market size of $2.5-bn by registering a compounded annual growth rate of 14 per cent by 2021. Driven by a strong demand among end-use sectors such as transportation, wind energy, electrical and electronics, pipes and tanks, aerospace, defence, construction and marine, the composites industry, also known as the fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) industry, expects the government's 'Make in India' initiatives also to give a big impetus to future growth.

Major challenges

In a white paper recently released by the Chennai-based FRP Institute, the per capita consumption of composites in India at 0.3 kgs is among the lowest, compared with 2.5 kgs in China and 11 kgs in the US. Lack of awareness among end-user industries is a major stumbling block for growth. FRP Institute is organising an International Conference and Exhibition on Reinforced Plastics, 2019 between January 10 and 12 in Mumbai to share knowledge and bring users and producers on a single platform.

Fragmented structure

The Indian composites industry is fragmented, consisting of around 3,000 stakeholders in the value chain including small, mid-sized and large players across the country. In 2018, the market registered a growth of 6 per cent to 3.4 lakh tonnes, the highest since 2015. The industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8 per cent to reach 4.9 lakh tonnes capacity by 2022. In September 2017, Reliance Industries had announced its entry into the fast growing composites market. Lack of regulatory framework, absence of a recycling policy and standardisation of end-use products are some of the major challenges for the composites industry, according to the FRP Institute.

Toray to raise ABS resin capacity at Malaysian subsidiary

JAPAN'S Toray Industries has announced plans to enhance production capacity of Toyolac brand of ABS resin at its Malaysian subsidiary, Toray Plastics (Malaysia) Sdn. The company will add a facility with capacity of 75,000-tpa with targeted start-up in November 2020. The move will increase the Malaysian subsidiary's production capacity to 425,000-tpa and Toray Group's capacity with the existing facility at Toray's Chiba plant to 497,000-tpa. Made up of acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene, ABS resin is plastic that is light, strong and elegant with excellent processability. Toray noted that in 2017 global demand for overall ABS resin was 8.5-mtpa, which is expected to grow steadily at 3% a year, as demand increases in China, ASEAN and emerging countries. Of the total, global demand for high performance ABS resin with added properties such as heat/chemical resistance and transparent ABS resin is estimated at 2-mtpa, and expected to grow at 4% annually or more. Toray offers general-purpose grade Toyolac, transparent grade Toyolac and high performance grade Toyolac including antistatic and improved chemical resistance and scratch resistant grades. The company is seeking to shift its Chiba plant to primarily produce higher performance ABS category mix such as medical-use transparent ABS, while the production enhancement in Malaysia will accelerate entry into the European, US and Indian markets in addition to its existing main markets of China and ASEAN countries.

CocaCola supports novel PET recycling technology

THE CocaCola Company has announced an agreement extending a loan to Ioniqa Technologies, a Dutch startup company. The agreement is expected to accelerate the scaleup of Ioniqa's proprietary technology to produce highgrade, recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from hardtorecycle PET scrap. The recycled PET will be used in making of CocaCola bottles. PET is widely used to produce plastic packaging, but is hard to recycle and only around 20% of the material is recycled. The remaining amount is incinerated, sent to landfills, or leaks into the natural environment. Ioniqa's technology can convert PETcontaining waste into purified polymer building blocks that can be reformed into highquality PET. Unilever had also partnered with Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures, the largest producer of PET resin, to scaleup the technology. Coca Cola said the investment supports the company's global vision to work toward a “World Without Waste,” which includes a goal to create packaging made of at least 50% recycled material by 2030. The new technology supports the circular economy for plastics by allowing packages, such as coloured PET bottles, which may have been excluded from certain recycling streams to be recycled into foodgrade quality packaging. Ioniqa's technology has been validated at demonstration scale and a 10,000tpa industrial plant is under construction in the Netherlands. Commissioning is expected in 2019.“The launch of our plant next year will be a step change in the transformation of hardtorecycle PET plastic into a more widely usable recycled material, supporting the vision of CocaCola,” said Mr. Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO of Ioniqa. “Our investment in new and pioneering recycling technologies is an opportunity for significant movement toward closing the loop and creating a circular economy for PET,” said Mr. Robert Long, the Chief Innovation Officer for CocaCola. “We plan to continue investment in developing the right partnerships and initiatives – like with Ioniqa – to support our vision of a World Without Waste,” he added.

Lanxess to strengthens global production network for flame retardants

GERMAN speciality chemicals company, Lanxess, has revealed plans to invest around €200mn over the next three years to strengthen its global asset base for flame retardant additives. The company runs a strongly backward integrated production network for bromine and phosphorous based flame retardants with plants in the US (Charleston, El Dorado, Greensboro), Germany (Leverkusen, KrefeldUerdingen), France (Épierre) and the United Kingdom (Manchester). “With the acquisition of the US company Chemtura in spring 2017 we became one of the world's leading suppliers of flame retardant additives. With the investment package we will further strengthen our strong position in this growing market,” informed Mr. Karsten Job, head of the polymer additives business at Lanxess. Lanxess has significantly expanded its market position for flame retardant additives after integrating the former Chemtura businesses with brominated flame retardant additives, bromine and bromine derivatives. These substances are used among others in the construction industry and were an ideal complement for the already existing Lanxess business with phosphorusbased flame retardant additives.

Narayan Krishnamohan to lead BASF in South Asia

THE Board of Directors of BASF India Limited has approved the appointment of Mr. Narayan Krishnamohan as Managing Director of BASF India Limited, effective April 1, 2019. He will also lead BASF's business in South Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

He succeeds Dr. Raman Ramachandran, who will retire on March 31, 2019.

Narayan Krishnamohan has been with BASF for more than 24 years, having started his journey in BASF India Ltd., and subsequently handled various regional and global leadership responsibilities in Singapore, Germany and Hong Kong. His leadership experience spans multiple divisions in BASF, including Leather Chemicals, Specialty Chemicals, Acrylics & Dispersions, Paper Chemicals, Human Nutrition and Intermediates, among others. As Head South Asia and Managing Director, BASF India Limited, he will be based in Mumbai and will focus on expanding the business and supporting BASF's customers and partners in the region.

At its meeting recetnly, the Board of Directors of BASF India Limited has also approved the following changes in its Board:

  • Mr. Pradip P. Shah, Independent Director, will take over as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of BASF India Limited.
  • Ms. Shyamala Gopinath has been appointed as Woman Independent Director for a term of five years. She will succeed Mr. R. R. N air, who has decided not to seek re-appointment for a second term.

All appointments will be effective April 1, 2019, subject to shareholders' and other relevant approvals.

BASF opens first phase of the new antioxidants manufacturing plant in Shanghai

BASF inaugurated a new, world-scale antioxidants manufacturing plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. With an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, the plant will produce antioxidants and associated forms and blends for the plastic additives market. The units for powder blending, liquid antioxidants and formgiving are now operational as part of the plant's first phase. “With this investment, we strengthen our position as the leading global supplier of antioxidants,” said Dr. Markus Kamieth, Member of the Board of Directors, BASF SE. “Asia is the world's largest antioxidants market and China accounts for almost 65% of the market in Asia. We expect the market will show attractive growth rates in the medium to long term.” “BASF wants to be the leading chemicals supplier for our customers,” said Dr. Stephan Kothrade, President, Functions Asia Pacific, President and Chairman Greater China, BASF. “By investing in advanced production plants in China, we want to anticipate and fulfill our customers' needs even better. We will combine our unique expertise in the chemical industry with our customers' competencies, and jointly develop solutions that are both profitable and responsible.” Located at BASF's Caojing site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, the new plant will benefit from its proximity to BASF's regional research and development center in Shanghai; a hub that provides technical support to polymer producers across the region.

Importance of antioxidants

Antioxidants help prevent thermal oxidation reactions when plastics are processed at high temperatures. Oxidation can cause the loss of impact strength, elongation, surface cracks and discoloration of the material. Almost all polymer materials undergo oxidative degradation reactions at one or all of the manufacturing, processing and end-use stages. BASF runs a global production network and is the only supplier of plastic additives with production sites in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Developments in titanium dioxide pigment technology for thermoplastic concentrates

NEIL Macdonald, Quality and Technical Manager at Lomon Billions will deliver a presentation titled “Developments in Titanium Dioxide Pigment Technology for Thermoplastic Concentrates” at AMI's Thermoplastic Concentrates Conference that runs from 29th to 31st January in Coral Springs, Florida, USA.

Neil will talk about how Lomon Billions is preparing to meet current and new customer needs by increasing TiO2 production capacity, and tailoring new pigmentary products for the concentrates at the forefront of today's plastics industry. Neil will make his presentation on Wednesday 30th January at 11:40am. Lomon Billions is the world's 4th largest manufacturer of TiO2 pigments for all major applications, and the No.1 TiO2 pigment manufacturer in Asia. The company is based in China and is the country's biggest exporter of TiO2 pigments. Lomon Billions has been manufacturing TiO2 pigments for over 30 years. The company uses both the chloride and sulfate process to produce its range of high performance TiO2 pigments. Further information can be had from:

Sabic highlights solutions to address global sustainability

SABIC is supporting Saudi Arabia's participation in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2019 from January 14 to 17 by highlighting its innovative technologies that help address sustainability challenges in the world and the Kingdom's leadership in sustainability in the region.

The Saudi delegation is represented by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and a number of government agencies, research institutions and private sector companies. Led by Mustafa Alshehri, Sr. Manager, Sustainability, Middle East and Africa, the SABIC delegation is presenting several working papers on energy management and conservation, sustainability solutions, and new technologies for CO2 utilization. SABIC is highlighting the company's initiatives that help create new solutions for some of the world's greatest sustainability challenges. True to its tagline, 'Chemistry that Matters', SABIC's sustainability programs are aimed at benefiting society and stimulating sustainable growth in Saudi Arabia in line with Saudi Vision 2030. SABIC is presenting its initiatives and solutions that help raise energy efficiency and develop modern and innovative technologies to enhance sustainability. Under the theme, “Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development,” ADSW is exploring how industries are responding to the digital transformation in the global economy. The main pillar of ADSW is Youth and Digitalization, while its other pillars cover Energy and Climate Change, Water, Future Mobility, Space, Biotechnology, and Tech for Good. On the sidelines of ADSW, SABIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 14, with the National Industrial Clusters Development Program, the Korean OCI and the Chinese LONGI Green Technologies. Under the MoU, the participants will explore developing state-of-the art integrated manufacturing and production facilities for carbon black, solar grade polysilicon, photovoltaic ingots, wafers, cells and panels in the Kingdom. The MoU aligns with SABIC's efforts under its national initiative “Nusaned” to enable Saudi Vision 2030 that seeks to diversify the Kingdom's industrial and manufacturing base.

IKV to hold symposium on Innovative compounding tasks in Aachen in March

"INNOVATIVE compounding tasks – Challenges, prospects, solutions" is the title of an upcoming symposium being organised by the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University on 26-27 March, 2019. The presentations from industry and research will focus on the topics of polymers, fillers, additives, process engineering and application. The symposium will be chaired by Dr.-Ing. Edgar von Gellhorn from Compounds AG in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.

In the compounding of plastics, the material characteristics and thus the subsequent properties of the finished part are adjusted to meet the relevant requirements by adding fillers and additives. The compounding is therefore the central part of the process chain in plastics processing and also the starting point for innovative products and applications. In addition to contributions from research, presentations from raw material and filler manufacturers, plant construction specialists, compounders and plastics processors will offer a deep insight into current developments in this branch of industry. The compounding is also the starting point for plastics recycling. The plastics industry is permanently under pressure to develop efficient, economical and ecological recycling technologies. The symposium constitutes an ideal platform for this. Six of the nineteen papers deal with the topic of recycling. PlasticsEurope will contribute to the subject with a paper on "Plastics and the Circular Economy". The program will be rounded off by a visit to IKV's extrusion and rubber technology laboratories. A conference dinner will offer plenty of opportunity for technical discussions and for networking. IKV warmly invites anyone interested to attend this two-day symposium in Aachen.

Further information from: Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University Seffenter Weg 201 52074 Aachen, Germany Telephone: +49 241 80-93806

Plastic component failures and testing/evaluation techniques

THE failure mode of component sets limit to engineering design. Therefore, Failure Mode Analysis should be part of the engineering design and manufacturing process. The two major engineering tasks in component applications are to perform Failure Analysis (FA) and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). A certificate course has been organized by Materials Info Consultancy Pvt Ltd on 'Plastic component failures and testing/evaluation techniques' will be held on 15 Feb 2019 at Pimpri , Pune The engineering problem solving approaches can be applied to determine failure analysis of Plastics components used in engineering applications. However, it is important to define failure mode and failure mechanism. The failure mode analysis effort conducted on polymer materials provides a good materials database for computer-aided design engineers which in turn can use the information to effectively model part reliability, thus reducing the need for complex and costly prototype testing. When a plastic component experiences failure, it's often due to poor material selection, a design flaw, a processing issue, or service conditions. Paying attention to these categories before the creation of a product can help avoid problems, but when a problem does occur it becomes essential to analyze the damage so future failure can be avoided. Asking questions before examining the product to find out any additional helpful information—such as the date of purchase, date of failure, and circumstances surrounding its use—can be a good step to take before embarking on a more focused and systematic analysis.. The topics to be covered are : Plastic Parts failures- Overview; Key Reasons behind part failures; Type of Failures; Analyzing failures- Steps & Tools along with several case studies. The trainers will be : Mr.Gopal Raghvendra ( MTech IIT & BE IIT, 30 years Exp.) & Mr. Dahar Mujavar ( BE, DRT, MBA 22 years Exp.)

Further information from: Director, Materials Info Consultancy Pvt Ltd Pune Tel: 9860406724 Email:

What lies in the future for plastics regulations?

AMI has officially launched its 3rd Plastics Regulations Conference, featuring leading compliance commentators including Steptoe & Johnson, Burges Salmon and Mayer Brown who will give their perspectives on the latest updates within European regulatory framework. The legislative landscape for the plastics industry is ever changing and 2019 looks to be no different. With the increasing interest in issues such as single use plastics, the continued implementation of REACH and increasing uncertainties surrounding Brexit, Plastics Regulations 2019 offers an excellent opportunity for professionals across the supply chain to meet with global regulatory experts and gain impartial information on the latest European regulatory updates, and make sure organisations are compliant with current and future legislation. The two-day conference takes place on the 6-7 March at the Hilton Hotel Dusseldorf, a well-placed city at the heart of the European plastics industry. It will bring together experts in European law, food contact materials and nanomaterials alongside high-profile compliance experts and brand owners. The event offers a platform for industry professionals to meet, learn and connect to get a comprehensive understanding of the future trends in the European chemical framework. Talks will include a senior representative for the European Commission, senior legal professionals from international law firms, in conjunction with leading experts from the EUPC, Intertek, Henkel and EXPRA, alongside a varied range of engaging and knowledgeable speakers. Furthermore, the conference will be preceded by a one-day workshop on 5th March, which will incorporate an in depth overview of Food Contact Materials within the EU and the US, held by senior experts from Steptoe & Johnson's transatlantic Food Safety Practice. The one day workshop provides an opportunity to gain knowledge on the latest developments in the pipeline for food contact compliance in the EU and US. Plastics Regulations will examine the regulatory landscape and look at a variety of different perspectives and looks at what is in store in the future for some of today's most pressing questions. In addition to delivering quality papers, the conference also offers superb and cost-effective networking opportunities with its extensive table top exhibition area.

Further information can be had from Jasmine Coles, Conference Organiser or +44 (0) 117 314 8111.

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