The European Union has launched a number of plans to help reduce our material and energy footprint, from CO2 emissions reduction plans to its Circular Economy Package. A key challenge for the industry is how to integrate these goals within their current operational contexts and future investment plans whilst at the same time maintaining competitiveness and delivering value to society.
As the styrenics value chain, we are well aware of the ways our material is central to every day life, from food contact to healthcare applications, from home insulation to child safety in the form of bicycle helmets
Plastic straws, balloons, bottle caps, bags – we've all become familiar with the images of marine debris and the beaches strewn with plastic waste that has washed up on shore. But what about fishing nets?
UK's Omega Plastics writes that “it's easy to point the finger when it comes to what is damaging the environment.” The company ask: “Alongside gas-guzzling motors, plastic has been a target for many years now — but is it really as bad as it's perceived?”
While international climate policy-makers debate the implications of the recent US pull-out from the Paris climate accord, other key issues to minimising carbon emissions are not getting the attention they deserve.
Just a very short week ago today, I formally started working at Plastics News Europe as the new editor, replacing David Eldridge who, dauntingly, spent the past thirteen years fulfilling the role with creativity and skill. A tough act to follow!
Two events last month stood out as milestones in the history of the internet. The first was the launch of a project to recreate the first web page as the world wide web celebrates its 20th anniversary. The second was the uploading of a design for a 3D printed gun
It's a difficult time to be a forecaster in a big polymer company. Most global producers reported sales and profit growth in 2012. But – adapting the warning you usually see on share investment ads – past performance should not be used as a guide to the future
Life was simpler for manufacturers in the old days: they made things and supplied them to their customers. Now they have to worry about just-in-time delivery, gaining and maintaining standards and approvals, supporting customers' new product development and much more. In short, manufacturers are becoming service providers