1950s Car Seat Belts
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Although seat belts are nearly as old as autos themselves, it wasn’t until the mid-1950s that carmakers began installing these primary safety devices in U.S. cars. The first belts were made from tightly woven nylon plastic that was affordable, very strong, and reasonably flexible. In the early 1970s, when federal regulators mandated three-point seat belts,…

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1950s Hard Hats
SAFETY

From miners to construction workers to electricians, workers have relied on protective helmets for decades. But this key piece of personal protective equipment has evolved since its early days, when it often was made with padded felt and later, metal. In the mid 20th century, manufacturers began making hard hats with tough, lightweight, non-conductive plastics,…

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1950s Safety Evacuation Slide
SAFETY

Safety evacuation slide we can gain some peace of mind knowing our plane is equipped with an inflatable plastic evacuation slide in case of an emergency but that wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t until the 1950s that aircraft makers began installing this essential piece of safety equipment, made primarily with nylon plastic fabrics. These…

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1960s Car Airbags
SAFETY

Airbags in our cars and trucks have been saving loved ones for decades a critical safety feature made possible by plastics. Airbags typically are made with a combination of tough but flexible polyester and nylon plastics that inflate from multiple locations in milliseconds and then quickly deflate. Innovations in plastics may lead to even more…

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1970s Life Preserver
SAFETY

Technicians have experimented with various materials for life preservers for centuries, but getting the right combination of water resistance and buoyancy was always tricky. But around the 1970s, manufacturers began making life preservers with advanced, lightweight plastic foams that offer a high level of performance for hours of use in wet conditions. These plastics have…

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1971 Firefighter Turnout Gear
SAFETY

Not too long ago, our firefighters had to face the flames in gear that wasn’t exactly heat resistant. Fortunately, turnout gear (firefighters’ personal protective equipment) has advanced: for about half a century, manufacturers have taken advantage of flame resistant plastic fabrics and materials that can stand up to extreme temperatures while keeping our fire fighters…

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1976 Bullet Resistant Vest
SAFETY

We have developed many forms of body protective gear over the centuries fortunately, today’s military and police don’t have to use medieval suits of armor. Since the mid 1970s, security forces have taken advantage of high performance plastic fabrics that are lightweight and comfortable and tough enough to slow or stop a bullet, helping save…

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1980s Avalanche Airbag
SAFETY

While an “avalanche airbag” may not be familiar to everyone, it’s become an essential safety tool for many winter sports enthusiasts and those who would rescue them. Invented in the 1980s, the airbag consists of a backpack containing a large, durable plastic bag that can rapidly inflate in an avalanche. The airbag helps prevent avalanche…

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1980s Cut Resistant Safety Gloves
SAFETY

Factory workers have long faced a high risk of injury to their hands when working with heavy machinery, even with protective gloves made from leather and other materials. But in the 1980s, a new generation of high performance plastic fabrics offered advanced protective properties, such as heat and puncture resistance. Safety gloves made with these…

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1990s Safety Goggles
SAFETY

Working at a hazardous job site can require high quality protective eyewear. While safety goggle performance steadily improved throughout the 20th century, it wasn’t until the 1990s that eye safety took a giant leap forward. To meet new safety requirements, most goggle makers turned predominately to lightweight, shatter resistant polycarbonate plastics the same used in…

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2000s Composite Toe Boots
SAFETY

About a century ago, increased attention to workplace safety led to boots reinforced with protective materials, such as steel. More recently, innovative new materials such as plastic composites have become materials of choice for protective work boots. These advanced materials are tough and strong yet lightweight, which helps keep our workers’ feet and toes safer…

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THERE, BUT NOT
ISSUE 06

In our previous articles, we said: “I wish there were vending machines in our country” We’re so sorry, we missed it. It turns out there is, but we can’t see it.

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PLASTICS EXPORTS UP BY 15%
NEWS

ACCORDING TO THE ISTANBUL CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS EXPORTERS’ ASSOCIATION (IKMIB), IN MAY, CHEMICAL EXPORTS ROSE BY 10.70% COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR AND REACHED $1,468,000,000.

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TRADE WARS
NEWS

GROWING TENSIONS SINCE THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP TO PRESIDENCY HAS TURNED CHINA-USA RELATIONS INTO A “HOT” TRADE WAR.

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NEW UPPER LIMIT SET FOR SMES
NEWS

AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE (SME) DEFINITION. ACCORDING TO THE FORMER DEFINITION, THE ANNUAL TURNOVER OR ANNUAL BALANCE-SHEET TOTAL OF AN ENTERPRISE HAD TO BE BELOW 40 MILLION LIRAS FOR IT TO QUALIFY AS AN SME.

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NESTLE
NEWS

NESTLÉ SA, ANNOUNCED PLANS TO MAKE 100% OF ITS PACKAGING RECYCLABLE OR REUSABLE BY 2025.

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RECYCLING PUSH FROM VOLVO
NEWS

CEO OF SWEDISH AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURER VOLVO, HAKAN SAMUELSSON, ANNOUNCED THAT THE COMPANY AIMS TO HAVE 25% OF THE PLASTICS USED IN NEW VOLVO CARS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL BY 2025.

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TEMA
NEWS

ITALIAN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS MANUFACTURER TEMA IS BUILDING A 4,000 SQUARE-METER FACILITY IN WEST VIRGINIA, WHERE IT WILL PRODUCE INSULATION AND DRAINAGE PRODUCTS FROM RECYCLED PLASTICS.

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TURKEY MAKES ITS OWN TOYS NOW
NEWS

THE EFFORTS TO END CHINESE DOMINATION IN THE MANUFACTURE OF TOYS -WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION- AND TO REVITALIZE THE TURKISH TOY INDUSTRY HAVE STARTED TO BEAR FRUIT. TURKEY’S YEAR-END GOAL IS $106 MILLION.

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EU KEY FIGURES
AB

THE EUROPEAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY INCLUDES PLASTICS RAW MATERIALS PRODUCERS, PLASTICS CONVERTERS, PLASTICS RECYCLERS AND PLASTICS MACHINERY MANUFACTURERS IN THE EU28 MEMBER STATES.

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EUROPE’S LEADER IN PLASTICS

EUROPE HAS A PLASTICS MARKET THAT GENERATES 448 MILLION TONS OF DEMAND PER YEAR. THIS DEMAND IS CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS. THERE ARE FOUR EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AMONG THE TOP TEN PLASTICS PRODUCERS, AND THE LEADER OF THIS QUARTET IS, AS ALWAYS, GERMANY.

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OVERVIEW

ITALY IS EUROPE’S SECOND LARGEST PLASTIC MANUFACTURER AFTER GERMANY AND HAS A PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY PRESENCE IN THE PLASTIC AND RUBBER MACHINERY INDUSTRY.

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EU TRADE BALANCE
AB

THE EUROPEAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY HAS GOOD AND LONG-STANDING TRADING RELATIONSHIP WITH MANY COUNTRIES. A POSITIVE TRADE BALANCE OF AROUND 15 BILLION EUROS IN 2016.

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EU DEMANDS
AB

EUROPEAN PLASTİC CONVERTER DEMAND İNCLUDES PLASTİC MATERİALS (THERMOPLASTİCS AND POLYURETHANES) AND OTHER PLASTİCS (THERMOSETS, ADHESİVES, COATİNGS AND SEALANTS). DOES NOT İNCLUDE: PET FİBERS, PA FİBERS, PP FİBERS AND POLYACRYLS-FİBERS.

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READING THE EUROPEAN UNION
AB

WHILE MOST PEOPLE PREFER “SOFT” BOOKS THAT CAN BE READ AT THE BEACH ON VACATION, SOME REGARD THIS BREAK FROM WORK AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ AND THINK ABOUT MATTERS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT. WE HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF BOOKS AND TEXTS IN CASE YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ AND THINK ABOUT THE EU WHILE ON VACATION.

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IN NUMBERS

THE GERMAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY’S ANNUAL SALES VOLUME SURPASSES €91 BILLION. THE INDUSTRY COMPRISES 3,300 COMPANIES AND THESE COMPANIES EMPLOY A WORKFORCE OF AROUND 393,000 PEOPLE. THE INDUSTRY GENERATES MORE THAN SIX PERCENT OF THE DOMESTIC INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION.

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OPPORTUNITIES

ITALY SERIOUSLY BOLSTERED ITS ECONOMY WITH RECENT STRUCTURAL REFORMS. BY MAKING TAX, LEGAL AND VISA SYSTEMS MORE TRANSPARENT, THEY SIMPLIFIED THINGS FOR THE FOREIGN INVESTOR.

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OVERVIEW
FOCUS

DUE TO REASONS LIKE ITS LARGE SHARE IN THE NATIONAL INCOME, ITS BALANCING IMPACT ON THE CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT, ITS ABILITY TO CREATE FOREIGN EXCHANGE INFLOWS, ITS BOTH DIRECT AND INDIRECT CONTRIBUTION TO EMPLOYMENT AND ITS ROLE IN PROMOTING THE COUNTRY AND ENHANCING ITS IMAGE, THE TOURISM SECTOR IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO TURKEY AND PARTICULARLY TO TURKEY’S ECONOMY.

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HOW TO TRADE

IN ORDER TO KEEP UP WITH DEVELOPING GLOBAL ECONOMIES AND SURPASS THEM, ITALY HAS EXPEDITED ITS STRUCTURAL REFORM EFFORTS. THESE EFFORTS ARE DRIVEN BY THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND ARE SUPPORTED BY ALL OF ITALY’S INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE RELATED TO TRADE AND ECONOMICS.

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