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Increasing demand for engineering plastics in food and drinking water industry

Increasing demand for engineering plastics in food and drinking water industry


Trends in the food and drinking water industry 

Due to population growth and improved living standards, the global demand for drinking water and food, is growing rapidly. Global demand for potable water will surge by 37% from 2013 to 2050. According to United Nations statistics, the growth rate of water use over the past 100 years has been more than twice the population growth rate. At the same time, the World Economic Organization (OECD) predicts that global infrastructure investment in water supply will increase by nearly $500 billion by 2025. As such this is a huge market that is developing rapidly, which offers many business opportunities for companies in this industry.

The drinking water industry is actually related to our lives. Everyone in daily life is more or less exposed to a variety of applications related to drinking water. For example, we will encounter some applications of water pipes at home, including water meters, water pumps, and some boilers and heating facilities. At the same time, there are some processes directly related to drinking water, such as the process of filtering water, as well as some appliances such as food and drinking water, such as coffee machine water dispensers. At the same time, we still have some exposures to some sanitary applications. This may not be a drinking water application, but it is also a part of the water industry. 

So where are the values of engineering plastic in drinking water and the food industry? We believe that more and more metal components will be replaced with engineering plastics. Below summarized several advantages that engineering plastics have over metals:

First, the precision design of some parts through plastic can reduce the weight of the product while reducing the volume of the product. Some requirements for home use. 
Secondly, in order to meet the requirements of home and business, people hope that there will be a lower noise reduction. Plastics can be used for some flexible connections, and there will be some help in the vibration absorption of noise. Noise reduction can also be achieved with plastic housing. 
The third point is that the use of plastic can help engineers reduce the total cost of the entire system, including the replacement of some expensive metals, or some expensive materials such as PPSU. Another point is that in the integration of components, we can replace multiple components with one component, thus reducing costs. Of course, due to the use of plastic, the designer also gives the designer more space.
Fourth, we can also improve the reliability of components by using a number of compliant materials, technically mature materials, and proven to be reliable materials. 
Plastics can help customers improve the reliability of some of the mechanically required parts in the drinking water and food contact industries, thereby extending their useful life. Typical applications such as some coffee machines and related home appliances, kitchen faucets, some water meter housings, kitchen utensils, including some industrial valve bodies and hot water joint parts. 

What are the requirements for alternative metals for materials in the food and drinking water industries? 

First: On the one hand, demand is constantly growing, so there is a higher demand for the supply of materials. 
The second point is how to reduce the overall cost compared to metal parts, because the price of copper, especially lead-free copper, has been high. At the same time, it is very difficult to make some complicated metal parts. It is difficult to do one molding. Generally, it requires multiple processes to form, and the cost is relatively high. The advantages of plastic parts are obvious at this time. 
The third point is that drinking water is increasingly used for lead-free materials, because the country’s standard for lead in drinking water has been further improved, and the upper limit of gold content has been reduced from 0.025 mg/L to 0.01 mg/L. The use of materials will be more demanding. 

Third, the main standards of drinking water food industry Mainly 
some European and American standards, China has some similar standards, but the content is similar to them. The most commonly used standards in the drinking water industry, such as the US NSF standard, according to the German KDW standard, including the DVGW standard, these are some of the requirements for drinking water, for some food requirements, there are fFDA standards, as well as the EU 2002, Some requirements of the 721C. At the same time, there are some standards in France, such as the United Kingdom and Italy, such as the French ACS, which are some of the more famous standard systems. If you want to produce materials related to food and drinking water in these countries, you must meet these standards.