In an ever-changing environment where there are almost daily advances in materials, automation and factory connectivity, innovation is the key to a sustainable plastics manufacturing industry. Despite facing fierce foreign competition with cheaper labour and fewer regulations, we certainly have the technology and the innovative spirit to find competitive solutions to the various industry challenges.
Our first Innovation Forum was held in 2016 where presenters from 6 different companies shared information about recent innovations in their operations that had increased productivity, saved resources, inflated the ever elusive bottom line or simply solved a customer’s problem.
Inspiration by Albert Einstein
Polymer materials are none other than particles of matter that are manipulated using various catalytic reactions to produce polymer chains. The realisation that matter can be manipulated in this manner, to produce polymer is nothing other than MATTER REALISED. Inspired by Albert Einstein’s E = mc2 Theory, this year’s Innovation Forum took place on 21 June 2017 at our Midrand offices and the focus was on materials, including additives. Presentations focused on recent innovations that addressed specific challenges in the company, and the impact that the innovation has had since its implementation or introduction into the market.
More than 50 people, from various sectors of the industry, attended to hear our exciting line-up of speakers from BASF, Sasol, Safripol and DOW Pack. We have had excellent feedback from attendees who left feeling inspired and hopeful that the South African Plastics Industry is still an innovative and creative environment in which great inventions can still be anticipated.
From non-obvious to profitable – SAFRIPOL