AMI’s first US plastics exhibition shortlisted for industry awards

AMI’s first plastics industry exhibition in the US has been selected as a finalist for two prestigious awards organised by the UK’s Association of Event Organisers (AEO). The exhibition, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio, on 8-9 May last year, included the Com- pounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo, and Plastics Extrusion World Expo. The event has been

shortlisted by the AEO in both the ‘Best Event Launch’ and the ‘Best Interna- tional Show – Americas’ categories. The winners will be announced at a ceremo- ny in London on 4 December 2020. “We are delighted that the success

of our American expos has been recognised in the AEO Excellence Awards 2020,” said Rita Andrews, AMI’s Head of Exhibitions. “AMI has a long history of organising conferences, but this was only our second big trade- show and the first outside of Europe, so it’s a fantastic result to be shortlisted

BASF adds NIR black pigment

BASF Color and Effects has introduced a new carbon- free black pigment — Sico- pal Black K0098FK — for use in packaging that will go through NIR automated sorting systems. The new pigment offers food contact compliance and is said to be suitable for use with all commonly used plastics materials, includ- ing high heat polymers. �


View of the packed showfloor at the first Compounding World Expo in Cleveland in 2019

alongside lots of established players.” The Cleveland Expos attracted 261

exhibitors and 4,375 visitors from 42 countries to the city’s Huntington Convention Center. In addition, more than 1,000 people attended the evening networking party at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “The focused nature of the expos worked very well for visitors from the

compounding, plastics recycling and extrusion sectors,” said Andy Beevers, Events Director at AMI. “They could meet with key suppliers and participate in highly relevant conference sessions all under one roof. Similarly for exhibitors, the clear focus of the events meant they were meeting large numbers of buy- ers with a very specific interest in their products and services”.

The Plastics Recycling World Expo,

Compounding World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo next take place at Messe Essen in Germany on 7-8 October 2020, and they return to Cleveland, Ohio, on 4-5 November 2020. At both locations, they will be joined by the new Polymer Testing Expo. For more information on booking a stand or registering for a free ticket for either event, please visit: � exhibitions

Versalis buys into Finproject

Eni Group company Versalis has taken a 40% stake in Italian compounder Finpro- ject, a manufacturer of PVC and polyolefin-based compounds for production of compact and foamed components for industries ranging from footwear to automotive. Versalis described the investment, its first into the high performance com- pounding sector, as a strategic move that will leverage the specific expertise of the two companies. The aim is to


jointly develop innovative solutions for major brands in the fashion and footwear sectors, as well as for industrial applications such as cables, pipes, renewable energy, construction and automotive. “This operation is part of

Versalis’s development strategy to re-position its portfolio on higher speciali- sation and geographical expansion,” said Versalis CEO Daniele Ferrari. “This also opens up opportunities to create new products using renewable or recycled

raw materials for a market increasingly sensitive to sustainability issues, in line with the company’s circular economy strategy. “ Headquartered at

Morrovalle in Italy, Finpro- ject, is a 50-year old business with 11 production and research facilities (five in Italy plus locations in Canada, China, India, Mexico, Romania and Vietnam). Group companies include Foam Creations and Padanaplast. � �


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