The global demand center for all types of resin has indeed shifted to Asia. Meanwhile, energy efficiency, low carbon footprint, and the need for expanded performance envelopes are driving developments in resin technology.
The global economic recovery has Asia to thank for much of its progress to date. China and India in particular continue to exhibit strong gains and consequently, plastics demand remains strong. And whether it’s hybrid vehicles, LED lighting, or bio-derived polymers, a fair amount of the research and development work under way at resin suppliers nowadays is being driven by the need for enhanced energy and resource efficiency. Resins as diverse as polystyrene and engineering plastics have roles to play in this respect. Energy-efficient buildings, for example, require...
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