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Trends in Plastics for 2024

Trends in Plastics for 2024

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Navigating the Future: Trends in Plastics for 2024 by KRAIBURG TPE
As we embark on the journey through 2024, the plastics industry is standing at the crossroads of change, driven by key trends that promise both challenges and opportunities. Oliver Zintner, KRAIBURG TPE CEO, looks at three key topics shaping the landscape and influencing the strategies of manufacturers and businesses.

Trend 1: Safety and Ecological Impact
The relentless pursuit of environmentally friendly products is at the forefront, driven by the EU Green Deal and its profound impact on the industry. With stringent regulations on the horizon, there is an urgent need for a thorough re-evaluation of basic chemicals. Manufacturers in the industrial sector are facing increased reporting requirements and strict raw material restrictions, including use restrictions and mandatory labeling. Navigating this complex landscape requires a robust partnership with a solutions-oriented supplier with a forward-looking view of regulations. Companies must align with these partners to meet sustainability goals and ensure a harmonious blend of compliance and environmental responsibility.

Trend 2: Digitalization in the Automotive Market
The automotive sector is undergoing (another) profound digital revolution, marked by increased diversification and the entry of new suppliers. Cars are evolving into sophisticated "computers with tires," ushering in a wave of technological advances, particularly in battery technology. The U.S. and Asia are at the forefront of these transformative changes. At the same time, recycling quotas and stringent legislation are reshaping the industry landscape. Anticipating these changes, KRAIBURG TPE has been diligently preparing for the past three years, offering ready-to-buy solutions to meet the evolving requirements.

Trend 3: Customers’ Expectations and Changing Purchase Behavior
“Cocooning” is becoming a prominent lifestyle choice in affluent societies. The sports and leisure sector is experiencing a surge in demand for high-quality, durable products that prioritize sustainability. Evolving consumer preferences require companies to strategically adapt to serve a market that seeks both luxury and eco-conscious choices. Understanding and responding to changing buying patterns is critical in this dynamic landscape.

In conclusion, 2024 represents a pivotal year for the plastics industry, presenting a dual landscape of challenges and opportunities. Companies willing to embrace sustainability, harness the power of digital, and understand the nuances of evolving customer dynamics will be well-equipped to successfully navigate this transformative journey.

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