News 2015

  • Fire is one of mankind’s greatest discoveries but can also be a great source of danger in accidents.
  • On 11 December 2015, the ADAM, the Atomium's new museum, opened its doors at the Brussels Trade Mart, at the Heysel Exhibition Park . The ADAM offers a permanent exhibition known as "The Plasticarium".
  • PlasticsEurope - the pan-European association representing European plastics manufacturers - is announcing the appointment of Javier Constante and Daniele Ferrari as Vice-Presidents of PlasticsEurope.
  • During two weeks, state leaders, NGOs, scientists and journalists are meeting and negotiating in order to reach a new international agreement on the climate. It is expected to be a binding commitment made by all countries with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
  • Dangerous, but fascinating: Motorcycling is a sport that lots of people enjoy all over the world. To make this activity less dangerous, an Italian-based company has now invented a wearable airbag that protects the upper body. A similar device was developed in Scandinavia for cyclists. Both rely on plastics as the material to make this innovation work.
  • The success of plastic is undisputed, at the same time its downsides such as waste disposal are the subject of much debate. Prof. Dr. Helmut Maurer and Patricia Vangheluwe, PhD, two experts in the field of plastics, discuss their ideas on how to tackle this global challenge.
  • PlasticsEurope has released the latest European plastics post-consumer waste management data at an event held in Warsaw, Poland, on 22 October. The 2014 waste management data results show a positive trend in Europe.
  • At a meeting of its Executive Committee in China on October 20th, the World Plastics Council (WPC) announced the launch of a new website to provide a central location for its members, partners and others to learn more about the group and quickly access relevant industry reports, news and other resources.
  • More and more regions in the world lack energy and water. A new system now offers a sustainable solution for semi-arid countries: Innovative plastics sheets laminated with solar cells protect water and generate energy at the same time.
  • 01-10-2015 : Fantastic Plastic Hand

    24-year-olf engineer and Open Bionics founder Joel Gibbard was at Plymouth University (UK) studying robotics when he decided to explore the concept of robotic hands and make robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees.
  • This year’s EXPO in Milan with its core theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” seeks for innovative solutions to reduce waste of food and to feed a growing world population.
  • The 2015 EPRO Awards final took place at IdentiPlast conference in Rome on 29 April. A panel consisting of representatives of EPRO, PlasticsEurope, PRE, EUPC and ACR+ from across Europe assessed the entries and pre-qualified three participants for Rome, where the final ranking from 1 to 3 was made by the audience.
  • World Plastics Council, American Chemistry Council and PlasticsEurope present at two major summits on Marine Environment and Sustainable Business in June
  • Updated eco-profiles for EPS, ABS and SAN are now available and can be downloaded from the eco-profile page of the Plastics Europe website.
  • On April 27, the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory group to the United Nations, released the findings of a three-year study, ‘Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment, a global assessment”. The study was funded in part by PlasticsEurope and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).
  • PlasticsEurope participated in a conference organised by the Austrian Environment Agency entitled "Eliminating Plastic and Microplastic Pollution - an urgent need". The event brought together policy makers and relevant stakeholders, both from the industry and non-governmental organisations. All stakeholders took stock of existing knowledge about plastics and microplastics entering the environment and how to eliminate this pollution.
  • On Friday May 8, the PlasticsEurope Brussels team joined for the second time the Let's Clean Up Europe (LCUE) initiative (first participation took place in May 2014). This initiative is part of the European Week of Waste Reduction programme calling for all kinds of clean-up activities all over Europe on 8, 9 and 10 May 2015 to raise awareness on the littering issue and to change citizens' behaviour.
  • "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is the core theme of EXPO 2015 in Milan. For this edition, the pavilions were built with a focus on sustainability, water, climate, biodiversity and innovation. The German Pavilion “Field of Ideas” has broken new ground and decided to resort to organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules which are embedded in a flexible film.
  • Today, IdentiPlast 2015 started in Rome: About 230 participants and more than 40 high-level speakers make this year’s edition once again the number one event in Europe dealing with the recycling and recovery of plastics waste. For two days (29-30 April), representatives from the whole plastics value chain, from local authorities and municipalities, high-ranking politicians, scientists and members from NGOs are sharing their knowledge so as to identify the key drivers to reach a zero plastics waste society.
  • PlasticsEurope, EuPC and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) decided to launch for the first time the European Plastics Innovation Awards. Different companies will be competing to demonstrate their outstanding and highly innovation progress in field of plastic technology. A jury will be announced soon and will gather experts from academia, politics, industries, NGOs and trade press. They will have to evaluate the different projects presented.
  • "Compact Shelter" is a compact emergency shelter which can be unfolded in two minutes and is able to withstand even the most extreme weather.
  • One of the biggest issues in Africa is the lack of drinking water. Many countries, including Ethiopia, experience serious water shortages. Children and women usually spend hours to get to places where water is available, which prevent them from going to school or work.
  • On World Water Day, PlasticsEurope presents a series of new and innovative water applications made of plastics, which show the continuing contribution of plastics to water management, preservation and sustainable supply.
  • The Solar Impulse aeroplane achieved 8 world records, including being the first solar airplane ever to fly through the night between two continents and across the United States. After 12 years of research, tests and development, we will soon witness the ultimate phase of the adventure: the first round-the-world solar flight.
  • Exclusive 15% discount for PlasticsEurope members!
  • PlasticsEurope has published the summary report of the major conference PolyTalk that took place on 4 and 5 November 2014 in Brussels, under the umbrella heading “An industrial renaissance... Let’s make it happen! ”.
  • EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations, invites all manufacturers of products made from recycled plastics to enter. The deadline for applications is 11th March 2015.
  • Previously housed in a quiet little street in Brussels, the Plasticarium, the world's finest collection of plastic furniture dating from the 1960s to the year 2000, will soon be moving into the Atomium, itself an eminent emblem of modernity.
  • The concept vehicle – a joint effort by Munich University, leading automotive companies, and further industry partners – is a very light electric car that is safe, efficient and mass-marketable. The plastic windows help to improve vehicle handling, security and acceleration, while minimizing the overall vehicle weight.
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  • Many football stadia in France have lightweight translucent plastic roofs, protecting fans against rain and bringing natural light to the lawn. (Photo: ©Serge Ferrari)