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Principia Partners announced today its upcoming Nanocomposites 2001: Path to Commercialization conference to be held at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD on June 4-5, 2001. This event is the first conference focused on polymer nanocomposites in the United States, and follows the firm’s groundbreaking study on the subject released last year. The conference covers the commercial and technical aspects of this ever-changing and growing segment of the plastics industry. The rapid changes in this industry segment continue to challenge material suppliers, molders, and OEMs alike. Polymer producers and compounders are seeking to expand the markets for their specific polymer or at least improve the performance and/or cost profile within their specific polymer type. Nanocomposite technology is applicable to a wide range of polymers, cutting across the material classes of thermoplastics, thermosets, and elastomers. According to Jim Morton, analyst at Principia Partners, “Although current demand is very limited, nanocomposites promise to develop into a billion lb market over the next decade. These materials will substitute for other plastics in many applications, and will open up new markets where plastics have yet o effectively compete in both packaging and durable applications. Attendees will take away a clear understanding of the technology and commercial prospects for nanocomposites by attending this conference. We are pleased to have Gary Beall and Karl Kamena — two respected names in the field of nanocomposites — chairing the technical and commercial tracks of the program, respectively.
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