Polymer-based packaging is one of the highest growing segments in the overall packaging industry from a materials perspective. The plastics/polymers that are used are mainly low density polyethylene, linear low density polyethylene, high density polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, and polypropylene; with bio-based plastics are gaining momentum. While rigid packaging is a bigger market in terms of volume, its seen that the flexible packaging market is growing significantly, mainly driven by the food and beverage as well as the pharmaceutical industries. Key research focus is on developing plastics that are bio-degradable or that can be recycled.
Plastics Advisor TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights of various plastics and composites and also analyses their impact across various industries.
The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and their impact and applications across industries.
The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries.
Keywords: Plastics, packaging, polymers, linear low density polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, bio-degradable, recycled, crude oil