Montachem Media Monitoring Report, February 2022

Montachem Media Monitoring Report, February 2022


Plastics News

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‘Great Resignation’ blamed in part for turnover at plastics industry association


One of the industry’s main trade groups in Washington, the Plastics Industry Association, has seen an unusual amount of turnover among key staff lately, a development its leader is blaming on the “great resignation” in the U.S. workforce.


Despite packed ports, cargo ships hauled record volumes in 2021


The images of laden cargo ships waiting off the shores of Los Angeles and shipping containers stacked high at the ports last year were frustrating memories for manufacturers in multiple industries dealing with supply shortages.

While the situation has eased a bit, the ports are “still very much in recovery mode,” said Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach deputy executive director of administration and operations, during the recent Auto Care Association’s 2022 Business Outlook webinar.


Ukraine crisis could mean higher resin prices

The Ukraine crisis could lead to higher resin prices in North America and other parts of the world, according to market watchers contacted by Plastics News.

Higher oil and natural gas prices could have a macro effect on resin prices. Commodity resin prices that had been on an upward run since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 had finally started to come down in late 2021. The Ukraine crisis could change that trend.


Kickstart: Expect economic impact of ‘more of the same, only more intense’ following Ukraine invasion

Expect economic impact of ‘more of the same, only more intense’ following Ukraine invasion

It’s still too early to make any specific predictions about the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the global economy, but Bill Wood, Plastics News’ economics editor, says the new pressures will only add to problems already out there for individual businesses.

  •  Recycling


Report: Recycling ‘falling short’ as way to control plastic pollution

Plastics production and leakage in the environment have grown by “stunning” amounts in recent decades. But efforts to both limit pollution from those leaks and increased efforts to innovate new technological solutions have not kept pace.


NAPCOR: New life cycle assessment shows improved PET numbers

With plastics continuing to come under attack, the PET industry needs to do a better job at highlighting the advantages of using the material, according to one long-time packaging maker and recycler.

That’s why the National Association for PET Container Resources is putting the finishing touches on a new life-cycle analysis that does just that, NAPCOR Chairman Tom Busard said at the recent Packaging Conference in Austin. 


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PVC Recycling on the Rise Around the World

The Vinyl-Plus initiative has overseen the build-up of PVC recycling in Europe for many years, leading to similar schemes being established in other countries and regions.  This is a report on their progress.  


Automatic Approach to Quality Pellets

Compounders worldwide are looking to pelletiser automation to improve quality, efficiency, flexibility and safety, as well as deal with a shortage of skilled workers.  


Making Recycling the Norm for Flexible Packaging 

New momentum in recycling plastic films and flexible packaging is coming from the need to meet recycled content targets and the technical developments of companies and partnerships.  


Chemical Recycling Global Insight 2022

A special report from AMI that covers the industry outlook for chemical recycling, including company profiles, technologies explained and global projects.  


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