PET bottle recycling growing in Europe By 2004, total PET recycling in Europe will exceed 550,000 tons and an overall collection rate of 24 percent; by 2008 it will reach almost 770,000 tons, a collection rate of 27 percent, according to a study by PCI PET Packaging, Resin & Recycling Ltd. of Derby, England.
Total PET bottle collection volumes are about 220,000 tons, a rate of 14 percent, and eight countries account for 80 percent of the PET collected. Collection rates vary widely, from 70-80 percent in Sweden and Switzerland to less than five percent in Spain and the United Kingdom. The bottle reclamation industry totals 23 companies with a capacity of 207,900 tons. Further investment will be required by 2001-02.
Capacity shortages then will exist in Scandinavia, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. An additional 192,500 tons of reclamation capacity, equivalent to 10-15 new process lines, will be needed by 2004.
The 165-page "Supply Demand on PET Recycling in Europe" is a comprehensive analysis of the prospects for recycling of post-consumer PET bottles in East and West Europe and costs $4,500 or 4,300 euros.
Tel. +44 (133) 229-5200, fax +44 (133) 229-5225.
Drug packaging use to rise 4.2 percent
World demand for primary pharmaceutical packaging will increase 4.2 percent annually to $11.2 billion in 2003, according to a new study by Freedonia Group Inc. of Cleveland.
China will experience the most rapid growth among all primary pharmaceutical packaging markets, as multinational drug concerns continue to invest heavily in the country's pharmaceutical industry. World demand for pharmaceutical plastic bottles will grow 4.4 percent annually through 2003. They will remain the top-selling container and will see above average sales gains due to cost-effectiveness and versatility in the packaging of oral and liquid medicines.
Blister packs will remain the top-selling primary medication container in the developed world as drug makers focus on improving the compliance and aesthetic properties of packaging systems. In addition, pharmaceutical pouches and strip packs will see above average gains in global demand based on unit-dose adaptability and product differentiation advantages.
"World Pharmaceutical Packaging I: Blister Packs, Bottles & Other Primary Packaging," a 354-page report, is available for $4,200.
Tel. (440) 684-9600, fax (440) 646-0484, e-mail [email protected] group.com.
Report highlights Asia's BOPP output
A new study from Applied Market Information Ltd., of Bristol, England, looks at the world market for biaxially oriented polypropylene films.
The report highlights the rapid growth of BOPP films in Asia. The region accounted for 28.5 percent of the volume consumed compared with 19.7 percent in 1990. Annual average increases in demand are more than 16 percent a year.
For 1998, global BOPP capacity stood at more than 3.9 million tons, with production levels running at 80 percent. The report forecasts an average growth rate of about 8 percent per year worldwide until 2007.
The 208-page "The World Market for BOPP Films" also identifies 44 producers of BOPP film in China. (Price is given to those requesting a copy.)
Tel. +44 (117) 924-9442, fax +44 (117) 989-2128, e-mail [email protected] plastics.com.
Changes abound in air/fuel systems
The automotive air/fuel system is an area currently being affected by rapid changes in materials, component manufacture and regulations, according to a report by TownsendTarnell Inc. of Houston.
While some components have long been made from plastic, other applications still are in the process of changing over. The desire of Tier 1 suppliers to produce systems and modules rather than separate components also is changing the traditional role of components.
In order to comply with the more stringent standards, the auto industry will be required to make improvements to fuel tanks and associated connections, fuel lines and connections, carbon canisters, fuel caps and the use of intake manifold carbon filters. One improvement currently in use in North America and Europe is multilayer fuel lines with various barrier and tie layers.
"Automotive Fuel Systems — 1999" costs $14,800 and is 298 pages.
Tel. (973) 347-5300, fax (973) 347-6466.
food to top 2002 packaging sales
According to a study by Keymark Associates in Marietta, Ga., food will be 56 percent of the $9.7 billion in converter sales in 2002 in flexible packaging. The remainder will be in the consumer industrial market.
Growing 21 percent annually through 2002, case-ready meats are the fastest growing perishable segment. Within dry foods, candy has some of the highest profit margins and continues to grow at almost five percent. And medical disposables lead the medical packaging category with 8 percent sales growth. Multilayer stand-up pouches have helped markets such as pet food and agricultural chemicals. Films and pouches are providing packaging for foodservice, medical and distribution applications.
"North American Flexible Packaging Strategies 2002" outlines flexible packaging demand for perishables, dry foods and consumer and industrial markets. The 550-page report costs $9,300.
Tel. (770) 579-5979, fax (770) 579-5982.
Auto demand fuels plastics production
The global demand for plastics in the automotive industry will grow by 22 percent by 2007, according to a new report by Elsevier Advanced Technology in Oxford, England.
The average weight of plastics per car will increase by 12 percent by 2007. In addition, global car production is forecast to increase by 14.5 percent between 1998 and 2007. The value of plastics used is expected to worth over $13 billion by 2007.
The report includes a description of the global automotive and plastics industries, identifying the main players and the scope of their operations. The report reviews the changing trends in plastics usage and analyzes the impact of external influences on the automotive industry's use of plastics, with particular reference to legislation on recycling. Forecasts are included of car production by major region and principal producing countries by 2007 with estimated requirements of plastics by type and tonnages.
A new edition of the "Automotive Plastics & Composites Profile," which also includes a directory of the world's main car manufacturing and plastic parts producers, costs 1,835 or 2,573 euros or $2,878.
Tel. +44 (186) 584-3644, fax +44 (186) 584-3971, e-mail [email protected] elsevier.co.uk
Report focuses on med device market
The European market for consumable medical devices is set to increase by 73 percent in value by 2004, according to a new study by Pira International of Leatherhead, England.
The report focuses on key issues driving the market. Market breakdowns are presented by country, company and product type, giving a picture of current activity in markets, which together, import over $9 billion and export over $11 billion worth of medical devices. Consumption of medical devices is expected to grow to $39.5 billion in 2008 with a 54 percent increase in medical packaging sales by 2008.
Company profiles report on background information, packaging revenues, products, mergers and acquisitions and divestments.
One chapter deals with large packaging companies that have some medical device packaging activities or that specialize in health-care packaging. Another chapter focuses on companies that are not in the top 100 European packaging companies, but are known to specialize in the medical device packaging industry.
"European Markets for Medical Device Packaging" profiles more than 20 European country markets. The 383-page report costs 2,200 or $3,630.
Tel. +44 (137) 280-2080, fax +44 (137) 280-2079, e-mail [email protected]