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August 2017: New approaches in the recycling of old tyres


Every year, more than 1.5 billion old car tyres are taken out of service around the world. If they were stacked on top of each other, the pile of tyres would reach from the earth to the moon – about 380,000 kilometres. Up to now, one third of old tyres in Germany have been incinerated to recover energy. Scientists from Chemnitz Technical ...
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June/July 2017: Handling plastic is a skill that can be learned


In a few weeks’ time, a new year is starting at vocational schools, while thousands of students are beginning the 2017 winter term too. The central objective of our Topic of the Month for June/July 2017 is therefore to provide potential candidates with some ideas and guidance in their search for suitable apprenticeships and degree courses.
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May 2017: Plastic – the perfect travelling companion


While some people are perfectly content to spend their holidays in their own garden or on their own balcony, others love to travel. Many of the latter like to relax by the seaside or in the mountains, which are probably two of the most important holiday destinations of all. Anyone who goes away on a trip doesn’t just have plenty of stories to tell when he returns – whether he has been to the ...
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April 2017: Paradise under threat


Even a remote atoll is being impacted by contamination of the world’s oceans by plastic debris. Students and scientists from the University of Bayreuth in Germany analysed marine debris washed ashore on an island in the Indian Ocean and came to worrying conclusions.
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March 2017: What I think of polymers


Between 9. November and 2. December 2016, PlasticsEurope carried out a representative opinion poll in Germany, with the aim of finding out more about the image of plastic. In March 2017, the association of plastics manufacturers presented the results of the opinion poll. K-online summarises the main points in the Topic of the Month for March.
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January/February 2017: Nylon – timelessly dressy and extremely attractive


Plastics are not just practical! They look extremely good too. Nylon stockings – an essential accessory for models and film stars: the patent application for production of the first synthetic fibre was filed in the USA 80 years ago.
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December 2016: Pleasantly warm in winter – with plastic


Milder winters, during which Central Europe is only covered with snow on a large scale now and then. We should not be deceived by this, however: winter – in the northern hemisphere at least – is still the coldest time of the year. Which we prefer to spend indoors where it is pleasantly warm. Plastics help to keep the temperature up and reduce heating expenses.
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November 2016: A brief history of the raincoat


Autumn has arrived all of a sudden, making the summer a thing of the past now. The third season of the year is a very varied time that paves the way for the winter. It can be golden and summery, encouraging all and sundry to take long walks through colourful forests. The autumn can, however, just as easily be wild and stormy, icy cold and rainy, so that the prospect of a hot drink on a ...
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October 2016: Welcome to K 2016


The wait is over: welcome to K 2016. After a three-year creative break, Messe Düsseldorf opened the biggest and most important trade fair in the world for the plastics and rubber industry today, 19. October 2016. We will be reporting from and about K 2016 here on a daily basis and would be delighted if you kept in touch with us over ...
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September 2016: K 2016 – the time is ticking!


In only a few weeks’ time, K 2016 – the biggest and most important trade fair in the world for the plastics and rubber industry – will be opening. More than 200,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend this mega-event in Düsseldorf. Preparations are still in full swing and some of the stands still have to be set up. What is currently being created in the Messe Düsseldorf ...
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