NEW DATES: November 3-4, 2021

Cleveland, Ohio

The international exhibition for the film, sheet, pipe and profile extrusion industry

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200+ exhibitors

4,000+ visitors


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have taken the difficult decision to delay the Plastics Extrusion World Expo and its co-located shows until November 3-4, 2021.

After consulting with exhibitors, the venue, local government and health authorities, it was clear that we would not be able to deliver the show the industry deserved. With these factors in mind, we felt delaying the exhibitions was the right thing to do.

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The Plastics Extrusion World Expo returns to
Cleveland, Ohio


Following the successful launch in 2019, the Plastics Extrusion World Expo returns to the Huntington Convention Center in down town Cleveland. This event brings together professionals from across the plastics extrusion industry for two days of networking, knowledge sharing and innovation. The free-to-attend trade show will run alongside the Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Polymer Testing World Expo.

Your free ticket provides admission to the show floor which will have exhibits from leaders in the plastics extrusion industry and focused conference theaters with a busy two-day program of technical presentations, seminars and industry debates.

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Enabling ecological coloring of renewable bioplastics

Plastic is one of the most important materials in our modern world. For this reason, the demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions and their handling is of particular social relevance. In response to limited resource availability and greenhouse gas emissions, three approaches are currently being pursued to make plastics sustainable: while compostable biopolymers are a biodegradable option, bioplastics based on renewable resources provide a non-fossil alternative to conventional polymers and recyclates pursue the goal of multiple use of valuable already produced plastics via the circular economy. Each of these three alternatives poses individual demands on colorization and additivation.

With the introduction of the Sicolen® B bio-based masterbatch, the comprehensive Colors & Effects® portfolio now includes a solution for each of these three approaches. BASF Color Solutions GmbH complements its Sicoversal® B, a certified biodegradable masterbatch for coloring compostable plastics, as well as Sicolen and Sicovinyl®, established concentrates for coloring recycled polyethylene and PVC. With these four products, all three ecological alternatives to conventional plastics can be colored in an environmentally friendly manner, without the respective advantages – composability, renewable raw material or circular economy – being limited by the addition.

Bio-based Masterbatch Sicolen B

The polyethylene carrier system of Sicolen B is based on sugarcane. It therefore consists of renewable raw materials that originate from a proven responsible cultivation that protects rainforest and biodiversity. This carbon-neutral polyethylene base reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional products and saves scarce resources such as crude oil.

For customers, the coloration of fossil or bio-based polyethylene with Sicolen B allows the polymer base of their products to be upgraded by reducing their ecological footprint. The compliance with legal requirements as well as the acquisition of certificates regarding the bio-value of plastic products are simplified and favored. In this way, Sicolen B promotes the use of renewable and recyclable biopolymers through the possibility of environmentally friendly and the same time economical coloring for numerous polyethylene applications.

In addition to a range of six Sicolen B standard colors, the development of tailor-made organic-based Colors & Effects masterbatches supports the exchange of currently used products with the bio-based version.

BASF Color & Effects will be exhibiting at Compounding World Expo Europe 2020 in stand A616.