Apropos K

Technological progress would be inconceivable without modern materials and there is no doubt at all that plastics are among the most versatile materials that exist. It is impossible to imagine the world as we know it without plastics. The “Topic of the Month” highlights issues of particular interest, focussing on plastics in everyday life – including special case studies – and providing historical background information, with in-depth descriptions that are understandable to non-experts too.

Overview: Apropos K

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“Plastic Peter” urges audiences to handle plastic debris carefully

17/11/2016

The short film produced in connection with the seas and oceans science year draws people’s attention to marine debris and is now being shown in cinemas with immediate effect.
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Bendable electronic paper displays whole color range

14/11/2016

Less than a micrometre thin, bendable and giving all the colours that a regular LED display does, it still needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed the basis for a new electronic "paper". Their results were recently published in the high impact journal Advanced Materials.
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Fibre-reinforced plastics make orthioses lighter and more flexible

03/11/2016

Orthioses are sometimes too stiff and can lead to pressure sores. The materials that Dr Markus Brzeski produces at his start-up “A+ Composites” are flexible and lighter while being stronger than steel at the same time. At the Institute for Composite Materials that is part of Kaiserslautern Technical University, he has developed a process that is inexpensive and saves material, with which ...
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Experts who are still at school need your assistance

25/10/2016

Never let it be said again that young people nowadays are good for nothing. Nonsense! Anyone who makes generalisations like this is in danger of losing the most talented of teenagers.
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A strong team backstage the K 2016

24/10/2016

Let’s talk about the people who work behind the scenes at K 2016 to make sure that the world’s biggest trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry really does turn out to be what everyone involved hopes to experience: a mega-highlight that remains a positive memory to one and all long after it is over and creates high expectations for K 2019. After all: when one K ends, the next one begins!
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Solvent-free processing and re-processing plastics with light

10/10/2016

Azobenzene polymers, currently used in research as potential, future coating and ink material, can be transitioned from solids into liquids by means of light enabling an environmentally friendly processing at room temperature. Since the cis and trans configurations of these plastics possess different thermal properties, polymers with the latter chemical structure have sufficient ...
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Plastics make careers

11/10/2016

Polymer materials are quite simply unrivalled when it comes to innovative power. But although the material might be the central focus of this development, the successes are made by the people who know how to get the best out of plastics and rubber.
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Rock solid: Carbon-reinforced concrete from Augsburg

04/10/2016

Chemists at the University of Augsburg have discovered how to manufacture an extremely strong cement at reasonable cost through use of aligned short carbon fibres.
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“Plastics shape the future” delivers diversity, expertise and ingenuity

29/09/2016

From 19 to 26 October, all eyes in the world of plastics will again be on Düsseldorf. This is when K 2016 will be presenting the industry’s innovations and world premieres. One of the main attractions of the trade fair is the special show in Hall 6. Now being staged for the ninth time, and in addition to the extensive array of exhibits at K, it serves as a central forum for an exchange of ...
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Driving cars in flip flops is demonstrably dangerous

09/09/2016

Something that can be seen time and again at the moment: shorts, T-shirt, baseball cap on the head and flip flops on the feet. In this attire, quite a few people are going to the swimming pool or lake or wherever by car instead of bike – out of habit or because it is convenient or deliberately, because the AC promises to make it more pleasant. Fans of lightweight polymer shoes should, ...
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