The end of the year can sometimes be called 'the silly season' due to the perceived lack of news - this was hardly the case for European plastics, as the news continued to flow in over the holiday period.
Not only this, but you, our readers, kept on reading. Automotive plastics, Industry 4.0, marine litter and major investments were the hot topics for EPPM's subscribers in December 2016, so let's review the headlines that got you clicking.
The car is a different beast to what it was ten years ago and the supply chain faces a future wrought with lightweighting, performance, fuel efficiency and cost challenges. Ascend Performance Materials is tackling all of these head on.
Gebo Cermex has received the official 'Vitrine Industrie du Future' award from the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF) in recognition of its efforts to introduce, develop and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives.
DSM brought a big launch to K 2016: ForTii Ace, a real plastic alternative to die-cast metal for structural automotive parts. EPPM sat down with Commercial Director DSM Engineering Plastics Joost d'Hooghe to learn more.
New signatories have been added to the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, further strengthening the fight to tackle marine litter.
SABIC has announced it will have a new polypropylene plant on-stream in the Netherlands in 2017. The plant will use gas-phase polymerisation technology, supporting the production at nearby full-scale plants of superior materials that meet the needs of the different industries like automotive, pipe, appliances and advanced packaging.