Paxymer in panel and on stage at Elmia Polymer

Amit Paul the MD of Paxymer went to Elmia Polymer last week to participate in a panel debate regarding additives, meet with customers and see what is going on in the industry.

Elmia polymer is organized every three years in Jönköping. Paxymer was exhibiting through its partner IMCD. Highlights of this years fair was Ardburg showing off their Freeformer and the innovative materials display organised by Materialbibilioteket.

Materialbiblioteket hosted a panel debate about additives and their use in plastic. Amit Paul, Paxymer; Lena Lundberg, IKEM and Andreas Frisén, Bayer Agency Business participated. The topic was additives in plastics and the possibilities of new and greener technologies. The focus of the discussion was on scrutinized groups such as flame retardants and phthalates. The conclusion was that for most applications there are greener alternatives – designers and brand owners have an important role to play to push converters towards exploring the new technologies by asking questions.

The Swedish plastics industry association held seminars in connection with the yearly meeting on REACH and implementation of chemicals legislation in SMEs. The prestigious Plastics industry awards had two new prices including Green product development of the year and Industry Collaboration. Green product of the year was awarded Plastinject for a product made from 100% recycled material that recycles rainwater. Industry collaboration of the year was awarded an industry financed high school education for plastic engineers to deal with the shortage of educated personnel. MD Amit Paul ended up making an appreciated performing at the night gala dinner that got the room singing along.

The general impression of the fair was optimism in the industry. Many interesting discussions show that Swedish converters are focusing on specialized products including more advanced additives and masterbatches.