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Lure of the Southeast Asian economies

As the year comes to a close, against the backdrop of the lacklustre economies of Europe and the US sorting out its "fiscal cliff" with some US$600 billion tax increases and government spending cuts due to begin in January, the attraction to invest in Southeast Asia, especially for the plastics sector, is expected to increase next year.  Read More»

Company News

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    BASF opens new CSB plant in Bahrain
    Plastic additives firm BASF has opened a world-scale production site for customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in Bahrain, which will start production by end of 2012.  Read More»

Materials News

  • Plant-based fibre debuts in auto seats
    Japanese firms Teijin, Suminoe Teijin Techno and Nissan Motors have co-developed seat and interior trim surface using Teijin’s proprietary bio-based polyester fibre material.  Read More»

Machinery News

  • Instron's HDT-VST Tester for high-temperature plastics
    US-based testing tools manufacturer Instron has introduced the Ceast HV500 thermal tester featuring a temperature  Read More»

PRA November-December 2012

In a climate of economic uncertainty, Southeast Asia is expected to weather the crisis and emerge as a model for growth-driven economies
  • Country Focus:
         Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia
  • Processor
  • Automotive

  • Tyre pyrolysis: an epic fail or a recycling nirvana?
    DEVELOPED as a viable source for fuels, gas and char – as a substitute for carbon black, tyre pyrolysis, a method that heats shredded or whole tyres in an oxygen-free environment, is said to show promise for recovering scrap tyres. But like any other technology, the capital-intensive system has to undergo several overhauls to comply with environment regulations as well as produce marketable products.  Read More»

  • Exhibition proves its mettle with new technology
    THE recently concluded Fakuma show, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, attracted an estimated 44,176 visitors, compared with 44,823 last year, which was a slight decrease of 1.5%. Nevertheless, with about 1,700 exhibitors from 35 countries no momentum was lost with the exhibits on show and technology proved to be the draw factor.  Read More»

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