NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY NPE2018 M AY 8 TH Get into the Zone: Flexible Vinyl By Hannah Mason Plascs Technology Find industry experts on PVC from the medical, automoঞve, packaging, and consumer products industries in one place in NPE2018's Flexible Vinyl Zone. A. Schulman Emphasizes Growth in Building and Construcঞon By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology At booth S24023, A. Schulman is showcasing its comprehensive product range of master- batches, engineered plasঞc compounds and engineered composites, specialty powders and distribuঞons services for a range of mar- kets including, packaging, mobility, electrical and electronics, building and construcঞon, agriculture, personal care and hygiene, and sports, leisure and home. But a key market focus at NPE and beyond is building and construcঞon. It is a market on the rise once again, as a result of the recover- ing economy, and it is seeing increased in- vestment, says Kerry Nunley, market development manager for building and construcঞon. He elaborates on the major current trends in this market sector: "We conঞnue to see a strong focus on domesঞc infrastructure in order to repair aging roads, highways, and bridges," Nunley says. "Residenঞal housing conঞnues to grow at a strong pace but may see some leveling off this year. Commercial construcঞon conঞnues to grow with a focus on resiliency, strength and durability and the 'green' movement." Asked to idenঞfy the key customer challenges in building and construcঞon, Nunley says, "Customers want to see advancements in resiliency to handle the extreme weather hazards we conঞnue to see. We are looking for further advancement in products that provide weather- ability, UV protecঞon, and strength versus tradiঞonal building materials. "Like many industries, the biggest obstacle we face in the construcঞon industry is resistance to change; however, there are so many improvements in plasঞcs and composites which have advantages over tradiঞonal building materials," Nunley says. "We conঞnue to work closely with the construcঞon community, demonstraঞng these benefits and how they can fit into exisঞng codes and regulaঞons." Here at the show, A. Schulman is showcasing its Polybatch EasyPour, complete product range of weatherable polymers; Eco-Flex RTPV; an extensive variety of PET masterbatches; and a range of bulk and sheet molding compounds (BMC and SMC). A. Schulman is also presenঞng its "Inspired by Innovaঞon" series as part of the NPE Expert Super Sessions located in the West Building. These presentaঞons will review the latest trends and technologies addressing criঞcal issues facing our markets today. A. Schulman's Fairlawn, Ohio headquarters. Professionals who work with vinyl will find something for them at NPE2018's Flexible Vinyl Zone. According to Glenn Anderson, chairman of NPE2018 and vice president, Strategic Account Development for Milacron, "This zone is all about flexible PVC used in medical, automoঞve, and construcঞon. The zone is very focused and specific to one mate- rial, rather than one industry." The 3,300 net [² Flexible Vinyl Zone is the spot to find industry experts on PVC from the medical, automoঞve, construcঞon, packaging and consumer products industries. Stop by here to find suppliers of both liquid plasঞsols and solids like pellets, cubes, and powders. Plus, the material-specific nature of this zone leads to a collecঞon of vinyl-related in- novaঞons all in one place. Notes Terry Peters, vice president, Technical and Industry Affairs for the Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon, "While PLASTICS represents the plasঞcs industry from resin to arঞcles, there is a special focus on vinyl. As a versaঞle, safe and long-lasঞng material, we see this Flexible Vinyl Zone as an opportunity to present innovaঞve ideas and products to the marketplace." "Processors and material compounders will be interested in the products and materials on display," Peters says. The zone is expected to bring together aendees from a variety of industries. Check out the Flexible Vinyl Zone to see the newest innovaঞons in the field. "While vinyl has been around a long ঞme," Peters says, "new products and hybrids are now broadening and expanding vinyl opportuniঞes." 93

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