Plastics Industry Association Report Examines Plastics’ Role In Consumer Technology

Plastics Industry Association Report Examines Plastics’ Role In Consumer Technology

Date:Jan 11, 2017

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Washington, has issued its latest “Plastics Market Watch” report, “Watching: Consumer Technology.” The report highlights the role plastics have played in making interconnectivity possible in emerging consumer electronic categories, such as wearables and drones, and more widely adopted but increasingly digitally integrated technologies, such as televisions, smartphones, laptops and tablets. In partnership with Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Arlington, Virginia, the report also includes consumer electronics trends and economic predictions.

One of the themes of CES 2017 was the emergence of smart cities and smart homes and how companies and government will work together to create infrastructures and policies that make sense with the rapidly evolving technology around us. According to the Plastics Industry Association, plastics contribute to the consumer electronics sector because of their protective, light-weighting properties, insulation and wiring qualities and their flexible, safe design properties. The kinds of plastics and polymers being used in consumer technology continue to diversify as the plastics industry responds to manufacturer needs, the association says.

“People don't see plastics in consumer electronics initially, but once they recognize that there are items in their life that would be impossible without plastics, their opinions change and they realize how critical plastics are to their everyday items,” says Terry Peters, Plastics Industry Association vice president of technical and industry affairs.

The new “Plastics Market Watch” report explores the growing market for plastics and forecasts opportunities and new areas where plastics and polymers will be called on to be partners in innovation for new products and technologies. Additionally, it addresses the proper recycling and waste management at the end of life for consumer electronics. For example, a laptop could have half a dozen different types of plastics.

“Plastics have been integral to the success of many consumer tech manufacturers,” says Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist, CTA. “Many of our favorite technologies, such as smartphones, wearables and televisions, are made possible in large part due to the dynamic nature of plastic material. The benefits that plastics provide to the industry are essential to product development.”

Kendra Martin, Plastics Industry Association senior director of industry affairs, says, “No other sector relies so much on innovation as consumer electronics, and plastics play an important role in game-changing technology. Innovation is the life blood of this industry as innovation cycles get shorter and shorter to avoid the setting in of buyer fatigue.”

 

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Washington, has issued its latest “Plastics Market Watch” report, “Watching: Consumer Technology.” The report highlights the role plastics have played in making interconnectivity possible in emerging consumer electronic categories, such as wearables and drones, and more widely adopted but increasingly digitally integrated technologies, such as televisions, smartphones, laptops and tablets. In partnership with Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Arlington, Virginia, the report also includes consumer electronics trends and economic predictions.

One of the themes of CES 2017 was the emergence of smart cities and smart homes and how companies and government will work together to create infrastructures and policies that make sense with the rapidly evolving technology around us. According to the Plastics Industry Association, plastics contribute to the consumer electronics sector because of their protective, light-weighting properties, insulation and wiring qualities and their flexible, safe design properties. The kinds of plastics and polymers being used in consumer technology continue to diversify as the plastics industry responds to manufacturer needs, the association says.

“People don't see plastics in consumer electronics initially, but once they recognize that there are items in their life that would be impossible without plastics, their opinions change and they realize how critical plastics are to their everyday items,” says Terry Peters, Plastics Industry Association vice president of technical and industry affairs.

The new “Plastics Market Watch” report explores the growing market for plastics and forecasts opportunities and new areas where plastics and polymers will be called on to be partners in innovation for new products and technologies. Additionally, it addresses the proper recycling and waste management at the end of life for consumer electronics. For example, a laptop could have half a dozen different types of plastics.

“Plastics have been integral to the success of many consumer tech manufacturers,” says Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist, CTA. “Many of our favorite technologies, such as smartphones, wearables and televisions, are made possible in large part due to the dynamic nature of plastic material. The benefits that plastics provide to the industry are essential to product development.”

Kendra Martin, Plastics Industry Association senior director of industry affairs, says, “No other sector relies so much on innovation as consumer electronics, and plastics play an important role in game-changing technology. Innovation is the life blood of this industry as innovation cycles get shorter and shorter to avoid the setting in of buyer fatigue.”

 


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