Flexibility propels extensive use of plastics

Paul Boughton

The versatility of plastics has a ar-reaching impact on a wide rage of markets. This diversity lends the market an intensely dynamic quality furthered by rapidly changing technology.

Plastic's adaptability also enables companies to offer economical, highly durable and lightweight solutions.
This is especially evident in segments such as transportation where it offers fuel savingsdesign flexibilityand high performance at lower costs emphasises Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Dr Donald V Rosato. These benefits are particularly useful to designers that face complex transportation needs whether on land or seain the air or space."
Extensively utilised for its corrosion resistancetoughnessease of colouringfinishingresilience as well as its ability to save large amounts of fuel annually due to its light weightthe advantages of plastics has moved them from car interiors to aunder the hood' solutions.
Due to numerous sophisticated processes involved in plastics' productioncompoundingor distributionthere is tremendous flexibility. The procedures vary from specialty applications to commodity and emi-commodity segmentsand largely affect the final products.
Packaging the largest end-use sector for plasticsrelies on different techniques to achieve the varied qualities and assortment of packaging materials. The primary process for more complex parts is extrusionfollowed by injection moulding.
Blow mouldingin addition to processes such as thermoset (compression and transfer moldingand reaction injection molding) are extensively utilised in manufacturing packaging products
The plastic applications sector expects to grow consistently as plastic proves its influence in innumerable applications. It has found usage in a wide variety of applications.

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