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K 2016 | THE SCIENCE IN PLASTICS AND RUBBER

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Time for taking decisions! Scarce resources, environmental protection, globalisation, networking: the plastics sector is undergoing changes and facing major challenges. There is no doubt this industry will succeed in embarking upon an exciting trip into the future. At K 2016 in Düsseldorf in October you can convince yourself of this and be inspired by the solutions and innovations of an exciting industry.

We are looking forward to your visit!
The K Team

The Topics

Discovering potentials
Grasping opportunities
Pointing the way forward
Enhancing performance
Cultural and culinary delights
Topic of the Month: From the scent of roses to nylon

Discovering potentials

Polymers
The science of materials generates key technologies – and polymers are genuine all­rounders! Polymers play a crucial role in endeavours to reduce emissions of climate damaging gases or to use energy or resources more sustainably and efficiently. Also in medical technology polymers play a part in the success in the form of smart packages, blood bags, single­use syringes, catheters, or bottles for intravenous fluids that help to raise hygiene standards. Polymer materials are marching ahead. And K 2016 will impressively show the direction they are taking.
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Grasping opportunities

Personalised id cards
Industry 4.0 is already well on the way to becoming a reality. According to the experts the smart factory will soon be a fact. It may take a little time before enterprises have gathered sufficient information and expertise to successfully launch the necessary strategic changes. K 2016, which will be turning the spotlight on various aspects of Industry 4.0, offers an ideal opportunity to talk about this with experienced experts and users. Make use of this unique chance to find out how you can boost your value creation in the long term.
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Pointing the way forward

Machine and visitor
All around the globe scientists are working on ways to meet the plastics and rubber industry’s demand for raw materials from sustainable sources. Hydrocarbons are needed to synthesise polymers. In this context biomass – residues of animal and plant life – is fundamentally suitable and usable biomass is generated in large quantities: For example as waste in food production or as part of shells containing chitin or as wood as a sustainable resource. The decision on which road to go is one that should be taken sooner rather than later. The Science Campus at K 2016, for example, offers a good opportunity for researchers and users.
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Enhancing performance

Sport shoes
Plastics spur top athletic performance. With their poles made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), pole vaulters soar over the six­metre mark. Track athletes break speed records running in shoes composed of high­tech polymers. The ball in the game, also made of polymer material, ensures constant performance in any weather. Plastics literally make dreams and visions come true. K 2016 will be putting on an impressive show, demonstrating what polymer materials can do and what the global plastics and rubber industry has to offer. At K 2016 in Düsseldorf, the same sporting ethos applies as for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: being there is everything.
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Cultural and culinary delights

Düsseldorf media harbour at night
Düsseldorf is one of the most popular destinations among international cities. The capital of the state of North Rhine­Westphalia offers outstanding quality of life. A city to revel in, vibrant, full of enticing things to see and do, offering a broad range of cultural and culinary experiences.

The Königsallee, one of the most luxurious shopping boulevards in the city, offers the alluringly extravagant, exclusive fashions of premium designer brands. The historic Altstadt (Old Town) offers 260 bars and restaurants and a walk on the Rhine promenade will amaze you with the riverside flair on the banks of Germany‘s longest and largest river. Or take a look at internationally well-known museums such as the Kunstsammlung (art collection) of the state of North Rhine­Westphalia with its K20 and K21 buildings, the Kunstpalast (art palace) and the Kunsthalle (art exhibition hall).
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Topic of the Month

From the scent of roses to nylon

Crystals of linalool dehydratase/isomerase
Beguiling scents, sober facts: scents emanating from plants are almost always monoterpenes and monoterpene alcohols, the essential oils of plants are natural hydrocarbon compounds. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute were able to elucidate the exact three-dimensional structure of an enzyme and the binding sites of geraniol and myrcene on the enzyme, an important milestone on the way from the petrochemical industry towards the energy-economic use of natural resources.
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