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SPE Thermoforming Quarterly®

Fourth Quarter 2020

NAPCOR Releases New Report on Recycling of PET Thermoforms

Since the 1990s, postconsumer RPET has been used as a raw material feedstock in PET thermoforms for both food and non-food packaging. Over the past five years, the number of PET thermoforms recycled has continued to grow. In 2018, according to the NAPCOR 2018 PET Recycling Report, the U.S. and Canada recycled 139 million pounds of PET thermoform packaging, a 60 percent increase over 2017. Most reclaimers that purchase curbside PET bales in the US and Canada will accept, and process for next use, some percentage of thermoforms in their PET bottle bales…

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Fourth Quarter 2020

A Benchmark for ABS

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins are widely used for applications such as appliances, toys, office equipment, sanitary wares, building & construction, transportation and more. Extrusion of ABS covers around 25% of the total ABS market in North America, namely through sheets, pipes, edge bands, and profiles. ABS extruded into sheets and formed into final parts, finds its way into furniture, automotive, buses, trucks, recreational and utility vehicles, sanitary applications, advertisement boards, luggage and doors. For optimum product performance and cost efficiency, the ABS resins require specific attributes…

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