Feb 02, 2023
Uncover the Future of Plastics: Top 3 Plastics Trends in 2023
As we enter 2023, we are witnessing a significant improvement in the challenges that prevailed in the past year, such as the limited availability of resources and disruptions within the global supply chain. In this article, we'll be discussing the themes that will be in focus for 2023 and how we aim to support businesses to maximize their potential.
Significant strides have been made in sustainability within the industry in recent years. It is expected that this trend will continue in 2023 across even more application areas. We are witnessing a rising demand for sustainable solutions and innovations in the market. Our diverse product portfolio offers our customers support through solutions such as:
- Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials from LG. These PCR materials come from a stable stream and have the unique property of being available in any desired color.
- Axion produces and supplies ABS and polystyrene that are made with recycled materials.
- Ecoplasteam is part of our portfolio, which is a recyclate produced from beverage packaging such as milk carton liners.
2. Weight Reduction
Weight reduction contributes to making business processes and end-products more sustainable and efficient. This is an important theme, especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. One way to achieve weight reduction is by replacing metals with plastics. Akro-Plastic has different approaches for lightweight applications, such as using polymers with low density and reinforcement with lower density carbon fiber. Carbon Fiber Filament also helps reduce weight by providing strong yet lightweight material for various applications.
3. Medical Applications
The demand for high-quality medical products is growing due to changing demographics (aging) and new viral infections. Additionally, we are seeing that chemical resistance is becoming a more important theme because disinfection is occurring more frequently and intensely. This new requirement can be met by replacing PC-ABS with PC-PBT.
There are also new regulations for medical packaging. A 'food approval grade' is no longer sufficient for medical purposes, and the use of medically certified materials is mandatory. Borealis Bormed products offer a solution for this. The producer offers a wide range of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) that can be used for containers (for medication), blister packs, and V containers (pouches/bottles).
If you would like more information on these themes and how we can support you, please contact Team Advanced Materials by choosing one of the options below.