Thursday 30 December 2021

My Annual Review 2021 and Outlook for 2022


Hello and welcome to my end-of-the-year review 2021 and outlook for 2022.

“Expect the unexpected”

2021 was another year under the umbrella of “expect the unexpected”, not only for the plastics industry, but also for the world economy and societies.

We have seen major supply chain disruptions due to Covid-crisis, the North American winter storm (“Uri”) which also led to force majeure at chemical companies in the Texas region, combined with the Suez Canal blockage after the grounding of Ever Given.

Apart from price increase roller coasters and force majeure, big chemical companies start to streamline their portfolios and start divesting. DSM, DuPont, and Lanxess already announce their divestment of their plastics divisions. More are likely to come and at the end of this decade we see a new chemical company landscape.

Top 5 most popular blog posts published this year

On the blog, the journey continued with several posts per month on different polymer engineering and plastics topics to help show that plastics contribute to solving major problems and not cause them.

Below an overview of the top 5 posts of this year

1. Eco-profiles of Polymer Resins – Global Warming Potential

2. Bio-Based Polyamides – Part 1: PA 5.6 and 5T(Chemical Structure, Production, Properties, Applications, Value Proposition)

3. Guest Interview: Doug EOM – POKETONETechnical Support Engineer from Hyosung Chemical – “Polyketone can becharacterized as strong, tough, and ductile.”

4. Joining Techniques - Laser Welding of Plastics

5. HDPE Plastic Bag Degradation - The Experiment

Outlook on 2022

In 2022, I will continue to present posts which evolve around 4 main categories:

- Sustainability in plastics (Circular Economy, sustainable design, renewable plastics, recycling of plastics, ocean water plastics, eco-profiles)

- Polymer material selection

- Design properties for engineers (incl. eco-design for sustainability in plastics) and Rules of Thumbs in polymer engineering

- Leadership and strategy in plastics industry

Furthermore, I invite you all to leave topics you would like to read about in 2022 in the comment box below or leave me a short message here.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all readers of my posts!!!

I hope to welcome you again next year.

I wish you happy holidays and a very happy New Year 2022!

Thank you and #findoutaboutplastics,


Herwig Juster

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