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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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...