Process- and product-enhancing additives are helping the industry bounce back from recession.
By Michael Tolinski
Noticeable in 2011 was the development of a number of productivity-enhancing and market-expanding additives for molders and converters recovering from the Great Recession. Suppliers have been releasing new processing aids that increase the quantity of parts or product produced per shift, with the potential for lowering total costs per part. Meanwhile, other new additives have been developed that toughen or color plastics in unique, application-specific ways. As described in the examples below, such continuing activity indicates that the technological nexus of compounders, processors, and additives suppliers remains strong in the industry.