2020 Plastics Industry Trends

2020 Plastics Industry Trends

2020 is proving to be a pivotal year for plastic action, with renewed calls to take a more systemic approach as opposed to an overreliance on recycling. By 2050, the global plastic footprint will be equivalent to 615 coal plants running at full capacity.

Current recycling infrastructure cannot deliver sufficient resin for companies to hit their ambitious recycled content goals. With increased investment, McKinsey estimates recycled resins could replace almost a third of virgin plastic by 2030 and nearly 60% by 2050. Bioresins are gaining traction as alternatives since they’re all based on natural plant and vegetable extracts or renewable resources.

There are a myriad of internal applications for specialized medical-grade plastics, but there is also an uptick in the call for injection-molded tools, equipment, and devices to better manage the increasing mobility of healthcare.

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About the author

Dr. Mariana Damova is the CEO of Mozaika, a company providing research and solutions in the field of data science, reasoning with natural language semantics, and natural human computer interfaces, creativity enhancing applications, and research infrastructures for the humanities. Previously, she was a Business development Manager and a Knowledge Management Expert specializing in ontology engineering and linked data management at a world leading technology provider. She was instrumental in the successful winning and knowledge modelling of large data integration and management projects such as the Semantic Knowledge Base for The National Archive of the United Kingdom and Research Space for the British Museum, as well as European FP7 projects such as Europeana Creative and Multisensor. Her work focuses on the design and development of data integration infrastructures which allow efficient querying, access and navigation over linked data. She has managed the building of the official experimental Europeana SPARQL endpoint holding Europeana semantic data. Mariana holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart and teaches semantic technologies and multimedia at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. She regularly reviews books and articles for ACM ComputingReviews.com and has authored books and scientific articles in linguistics and semantic technologies. She has successfully lead international interdisciplinary teams and projects carrying technological risks, driven and managed change in engineering and operational contexts in North America and in Europe, and acquired the ability to leverage marketing requirements with knowledge intense technological solutions.

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