Plastics News Europe's final issue of the year is now out and can be accessed digitally on our site as from today.
In this issue, we recap the past year, mainly covering key European plastics event of the year Fakuma – a show that continued its successful streak in Friedrichshafen, Germany for the 26th time in October.
The automotive industry is the centre of our focus on materials in this issue, with Professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the CAR centre for Automotive Research in Duisburg telling us about the latest trends in the car industry. Julian Buckley, the editor of our soon-to-be-launched Plastics and Rubber World also brings us a soft touch on the Paris Motor Show, and Citroen's use of plastic parts in its latest models.
Our special correspondent David Vink also looks into the latest innovations in surface treatment and decoration, where aesthetics meets interactive functionality.
For our blow moulding feature, editor Karen Laird visits leading manufacturer of blow moulding machinery Kautex Maschinenbau, which has seen significant gains in the packaging industries and specialities in recent years.
Micro-electronic moulding trends are also examined as electronics and other industries require high levels of precision, know-how and the right equipment.
This issue's Q&A is with Dr Ramesh Ramachandran, President & CEO of EQUATE Group, whose subsidiary EQP launched a food-grade PET with 25% recycled PET content in October.
As always, our regular pages include James Snodgrass' Design Landmark column, where he looks into the history of Itera Bicycle – the first attempt at a plastic bicycle.
To access our October issue, please go to our Digital Magazine page and click on download issue.