• UPCOMING LIVE PANEL DEBATE

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  • Visit the special presentation “Plastics shape the future” in Hall 6 / C40 and learn about developments that are already taking shape and the visions that may become reality tomorrow.

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  • National finals from April until September 2016 in nine countries in Europe. The European final will take place in October 2016 in Budapest.

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  • Are 3D printers the start of a new industrial revolution, as some would have us believe? They could very well be. Although they are not quite within the reach of individuals, businesses are already exploiting their capabilities.

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  • The Declaration has been signed by 65 plastics industry organisations from 34 countries around the world and having more than 260 projects underway, planned or completed since 2011.

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Did you know ?

  • Baggage made of polycarbonate resin are ultra-light (light enough to be held with your forefinger when the bag is empty) and yet highly durable.

  • More than 50 per cent of all medicine products worldwide are made of plastics.

  • The world is spending 16 billion one-way plastics syringes per year.

  • Plastic whisper brakes in freight trains are only half as loud as conventional brakes.

  • A large German automobile manufacturer is using recycled PET bottles for seat cushions in some of their car product series.

  • A new polymer can heal itself when damaged similar to the human skin.

  • Main countries of Europe will save at least 78.000 tons of plastics per year if the produced pens were made from recycled plastic.

  • This pen with a water bottle shape is called B2P (From bottle to pen) and is made of 89% of plastic coming from recycled bottles of water.

    © Pilot

  • The first bio-based car was build 73 ago with a body made of soybeans/hemp (70%) and resin binder (30%)

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  • An Indian teacher of chemistry known as Plastic Man has built more than 5000 km of roads with plastic waste.

  • The typical life span of plastic applications in building and construction is 30 to 50 years, with many plastics pipes installed over 50 years ago still functioning well.

  • Selling grapes in plastics trays or bags has reduced in-store waste of grapes by 20%.

  • The plastics Industry launched over 180 projects worldwide for solutions on marine litter.

  • Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a spongy plastic that could help regenerate broken bones.

  • If the EU stops sending plastics to landfill, 1bn barrels of oil could be saved, saving a total of 80bn EUR. © Antoine Taveneaux

  • South African researchers developed a barrier made from plastic which protects bathers without harming the sharks.

  • The first football pitch entirely illuminated by the players' energy was built in a favela, in Rio!

  • Researchers recently modified an elastomer used to make tires so it can self heal. © American Chemistry Council, Inc.

  • Nowadays there are wearable plastics airbags protecting bicyclists, motorcycle racers and alpine skiers. © American Chemistry Council, Inc.

  • New plastic sheets laminated with solar cells protect water and generate energy at the same time.

  • After 25 years of loyal services, old fire hoses enjoy a second life as bags, belts or wallets (Photo: ©Feuerwear)

  • Originally 100% natural and then fully synthetic football pitches have turned into hybrid surfaces made of grass reinforced with synthetic fibres. ©Desso

  • Eyeglasses specially equiped with plastic lenses allow colourblind individuals to see all colours

  • Photovoltaic road surfaces with plastics will make it possible to power street lighting, illuminated outdoor signs, tram lines, etc.

  • The matchball for the 2016 European Football championship has a unique symmetry due to six identical propeller-shaped polymer panels. (Photo:©Adidas)

  • Many football stadia in France have lightweight translucent plastic roofs, protecting fans against rain and bringing natural light to the lawn. (Photo: ©Serge Ferrari)

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