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Battery Market Study: Efficiency and Sustainability are the Most Important Trends

Asia still leading in research and development by a wide margin


In the coming years, the global battery market will be shaped primarily by the factors of sustainability, the availability of raw materials, the growing number of electric cars, and the desire for ever more powerful batteries. Because demand is unbroken, manufacturers are constantly expanding ...


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Sustainable production of plastics only possible through industry transformation

The proportion of plastic made from fossil raw materials is still far too high; at the same time, global demand for plastic continues to rise


The plastics trade show in Düsseldorf, which has just come to an end, showed how much the industry is changing. Climate-friendly raw materials and a sustainable circular economy are becoming more important. But the industry is not yet where it could be. "The share of plastics made from fossil raw ...


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Biopolymers Are Flourishing: Ceresana Examines the Global Market for Bioplastics

Highest Growth Rate for Polylactic Acids and Starch


For some time now, bioplastics have been used for more than just garbage bags or mulch films: Biopolymers are increasingly found in durable high-performance products, for example in demanding automotive applications, casings for the electronics industry or materials for the construction industry. ...


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What will solid-state batteries be like in the future?

Solid-state batteries have a lot of potential, but will have to prove their commercial viability in the next five years


Fraunhofer ISI has developed a roadmap for solid-state batteries covering a wide range of aspects from the individual materials, components and cells through to their utilization. It critically evaluates existing research as well as the latest findings and compares the development potential of ...


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The EU Green Deal is a game changer for the process industry, but only very few companies know the rules of the game.

BearingPoint - Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas Industry Sentiment Barometer on the EU Green Deal


Many companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries see more opportunities than risks for their own future competitiveness in the European Union's Green Deal. However, only one third of the companies are even aware of the exact objectives of the Green Deal and quite a few are ...


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Companies in the plastics industry are cautiously optimistic about the future

The exploding prices of raw materials and the shortage of materials due to the chaos in logistics are of great concern.


The plastics industry has recovered from the consequences of the pandemic faster than originally hoped. Companies expect this positive trend to continue. But the mood in the industry is clouded, because: Exploding raw material prices, dramatic material shortages as well as supply bottlenecks due ...


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When will graphene-based applications be available on the mass market?


What happened to the promised applications of graphene and related materials? Thanks to initiatives like the European Union’s Graphene Flagship and heavy investments by leading industries, graphene manufacturing is mature enough to produce prototypes and some real-life niche applications. Now, ...


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What do EU citizens think about nanomaterials?

Survey shows that citizens demand better labelling of everyday products containing nanomaterials and increased awareness of the risks and benefits of products containing nanomaterials


A study, commissioned by the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), measured and analysed how citizens in Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France and Poland perceive nanomaterials and their potential risks to our health and the environment. It found that despite manufactured nanomaterials being a ...


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M&A in chemicals and life sciences slowed down by global lockdowns

Race for COVID-19 vaccine


In the first half of this year, the transaction volume of mergers and acquisitions in the chemical and life sciences industries has decreased dramatically. The volume of deals announced in the first six months is only $84 billion. Compared to the previous year (389 billion dollars), this is a ...


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ICIS global Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunges to November 2003 level


The ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) plunged in April as the impact of the falling oil price and coronavirus-driven demand destruction slammed the sector. The global index stands at a level last seen in November 2003 and is just below that in January 2009. Each of the regional components of the ...


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