Many of its member companies are part of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which “is driving forward a major initiative that has set realistic and obtainable goals,” said the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (Irving, TX).
Thermoplastic vulcanizates combine processability with rubber-like properties but are not suited for applications where chemical and temperature resistance are required properties. To fill this gap, Kraiburg TPE (Waldkraiburg, Germany) has developed thermoplastic elastomer hybrids.
Compared to conventional thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), the new products leave a lower carbon footprint and help close the carbon cycle; unlike many bio-based materials, they do not compete with food production.
The new report from the Plastics Industry Association (Washington, DC) posits that demand for plastics in building and construction will grow because of its many benefits, including corrosion resistance, strength-to-weight ratio, design flexibility, sustainability and cost efficiency.