VIDEO: NPE2018’s Materials & Additives Trends in Focus

Plastics Technology Senior Editor Lilli Manolis Sherman discusses advances and trends on display in resins and additives at NPE2018 with Executive Editor Jim Callari.

From the NPE2018 show floor, Plastics Technology’s Lilli Manolis Sherman breaks down what material and additive suppliers brought to Orlando. Resin manufacturers and distributors came to NPE2018 in numbers not seen in some time, and they didn’t arrive empty handed.  

In the video, Lilli discusses how advanced polypropylenes are increasingly targeting engineering materials, including nylon, while that material continues to evolve to serve new markets, including autonomous driving and miniaturized electronics. Bioplastic mainstay PLA is looking to shift from disposable to durable applications, while plastics bulwark, polyethylene, showed it still has a few tricks up its sleeve, utilizing metallocene technology and allowing for recycling friendly all-polyethylene packages.