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Picture of the productThe Bioplastics Market Watch
The Bioplastics Market Watch offers valuable updates on the status of bioplastics in the marketplace, including research labs across the country. The report covers areas such as innovation, market intelligence, consumer perceptions, emerging markets, and public policy. It highlights the expanding use of bioplastics beyond bottling and packaging and explores the diversity and flexibility they offer. The insights provided in this report can benefit the entire plastics supply chain, offering valuable information for industry stakeholders.

Released May 2024
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MW0155/8/2024 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productGlobal Business Trends: 2023
The 2023 Global Trends Report emphasizes the positive developments in the U.S. plastics industry's global trade. Understand the changing dynamics of imports and exports, rankings of the global plastics trade, trade volumes, the value of plastics to businesses, consumers, and the economy, and more.

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Released: November 2023


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GBT202311/8/2023 10:30:00 AM
Picture of the productSize and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S.: 2023
This report offers an overview of the U.S. plastics industry, examining its dimensions of size, expansion, geographic presence, and economic influence. In the year 2022, the sector made a significant contribution, generating over a million jobs and boasting impressive shipments worth $548 billion. Notably, Texas led with the highest employment in the plastics industry, while Indiana had the highest concentration of plastics industry workers. The industry's growth in real value-added exceeded that of the entire manufacturing sector. The report also delves into upstream and downstream impacts and provides insights into the industry's outlook.


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Released: September 2023

This report is intended for informational purposes only for the purchaser, not for further distribution or republishing.


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SI20239/7/2023 12:00:00 PM
Picture of the productGood Practices Manual for Packaging in Plastic Bottles
AU-103 Technical information and guidance for producers, distributors and users of plastic bottle packaging. Includes glossary of plastic bottle terminology.

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TM1018/1/2023 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productVisual Evaluation of Reflected Color
AU-123 A Recommended Practice for Visual Evaluation of Reflected Color


This recommended practice is intended to guide and assist bottle manufacturers, packagers, and/or product manufacturers in visually evaluating the color of plastic bottles. It is not intended for strict color matching, such as hue, ting, dispersion and opacity. These require specialized equipment.

Author: SPI - Plastic Bottle Institute
Date of Publication: 31 December 1992
Format: PDF, 3 pages.


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TM1028/1/2023 12:00:00 AM
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AU-134 Vertical Compression Test

To determine the resistance to deformation during filling and capping, and gross deformation or collapse of a plastic bottle subjected to top load during stacking or storage.

Author: SPI - Plastic Bottle Institute
Date of Publication: 31 December 1990
Format: PDF, 6 pages.


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TM1038/1/2023 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productTest for Drop Impact Resistance of Plastic Bottles
AU-135 Test for Drop Impact Resistance of Plastic Bottles

This is a procedure designed to provide a uniform test method for evaluating the drop impact resistance qualities of plastic bottles.

Author: SPI - Plastic Bottle Institute
Date of Publication: 31 December 1988
Format: PDF, 3 pages.


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TM1048/1/2023 12:00:00 AM
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AU-136 Test Method for Weight Change and Compatibility of Packaged Products

This is a method for determining the weight change (gain or loss) of a plastic bottle to a given product. It is also applicable for evaluation of bottle permanence properties during storage when filled with a given product and is adaptable for assessment of a number of other parameters pertaining to bottle and product compatibility.

Author: SPI - Plastic Bottle Institute
Date of Publication: 31 December 1990
Format: PDF, 6 pages.


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TM1058/1/2023 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productEvaluating the Flame Surface Treatment of Polyolefin Bottles
AU-137 Evaluating the Flame Surface Treatment of Polyolefin Bottles Using the Water Dip and Ink Adhesion Tests

This recommended practice will assist bottle manufacturers, product packagers, and others in evaluating the effectiveness of flame surface treatment of polyolefin bottles, predicting the adhesion which may be obtained with paper labels and silk screened inks. This method is not to be used for evaluating production ink application.

Author: SPI - Plastic Bottle Institute
Date of Publication: 31 December 1990
Format: PDF, 3 pages.


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AU-138 Method of Test for Closure Torque

This is a method for measuring application, removal, and stripping torques for threaded closures on plastic bottles.

Author: SPI - Plastic Bottle Institute
Date of Publication: 31 December 1978
Format: PDF, 6 pages.


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Molded, ABS plastic plaque. Shows typical surface finishes to aid in communication with customers.
Includes: A-1 (Grade #3 Diamond Buff); A-2 (Grade #6 Diamond Buff); A-3 (Grade #15 Diamond Buff); B-1 (600 Grit Paper); B-2 (400 Grit Paper);... Details