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Volume 45 * Number 4 * Incorporating European Plastics News and PRW * Price £22

Q&A INTERVIEW
26 Patrick Thomas
Patrick Thomas stepped down as CEO
of Covestro on May 31. Plastics News
Europe talked to him about Covestro's
road to independence, the kind of
company it has become and his own
plans for the future.

IN THIS ISSUE
7

Markets & Business
German plastics materials producers hit
new records in turnover, production
volume and staff levels in 2017, said
the industry's trade association.

8

Automotive plastics: PIAE 2018
review
Key themes were lightweight
construction, sustainability and surface
technologies. Advances in these areas
include new materials and hybrid
approaches.

11 3D-printing makes inroads in
traditional vehicle production
On demand is becoming reality.
14 Materials that take the weight off
Lightweighting continues to be a major
trend in the automotive industry. New
materials make this possible.

11

Automotive:
Additive manufacturing
is no longer just
prototyping.

18

Moulds & tooling:
IGS GeboJagema: "Precision at
the micron level."

18 A European success story
The key to surviving as a mould maker
in Europe? Professionalisation, focus
and automation, says Hans Arts, of IGS
GeboJagema, in Eindhoven, the
Netherlands.

26

24 Additive manufacturing in moulds
and tooling
A new toolmaking approach promises
shorter lead times and an easier way to
produce conformal cooling channels
and other complex mould features.

Q&A interview:
"I wish my successor
great success," says
Covestro's Patrick
Thomas

28 PDM 2018
For its twelfth edition, the show is back
in Telford, complete with a free-toattend two-day conference. PDM,
Telford International Centre, 19-20 June.

REGULARS
5

Reflection

6

Design Landmark
Grafton Saxophone

34 Polymer Prices
37 Products and Services
38 Events & Movers

JUNE 2018

28

PDM 2018:
Plastics trade show returns to its 'plastic
valley' roots.
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