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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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August 2016: K 2016 enters into the hot phase


In October, some 3,100 businesses from the plastics and rubber industry will again be presenting trend-setting products, processes and practical solutions. Tailored materials, efficient use of resources, zero-defect production, generative production methods and digitalisation are only some of the many technological trends featured by this year’s trade fair.
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July 2016: Sustainability is essential for the future (IX): "Mineral plastic" with great potential


A new class of plastics has been inspired by nature and is easily degradable. Conventional plastics are based on crude oil and cause problems for the environment as they are not degradable. The research group around Helmut Cölfen, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Konstanz, has now produced an entirely new "mineral plastic" whose structure copies biomaterials.
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June 2016: Sustainability is essential in the future (VIII) – Generating syngas from plastic wastes


A newly developed gasification process utilises waste plastics, carbon-containing sorting residues and rubber parts as well as shredded materials in the automotive industry. It can also process chlorine-containing plastic streams with PVC fractions in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner. It produces a purified syngas without flue gas emissions. In the process, lime serves as a ...
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May 2016: Sustainability is essential in the future (VII) – Plenty of potential for recycling


Technologically, plastics recycling is not a problem at all today. In-house recycling has now become established right across industry. For plastics processors who work with pure-grade raw materials, the waste-free factory has become commonplace. And for post-consumer wastes, there are increasingly mature reutilisation strategies, enabling the regranulate produced with them ...
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April 2016: Sustainability is essential in the future (VI) - From the scent of roses to nylon and plastics


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March 2016: Sustainability is essential in future (V) – Plastics made of carbon dioxide and plants


Stanford scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses. Researchers say the new technology could provide a low-carbon alternative to plastic bottles and other items currently made from petroleum.
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February 2016: Sustainability is essential in future (IV) – Plastics made of kitchen waste


800,000 tons: That’s how much waste in the form of chicory roots is generated during the production of chicory salad in Europe per year. Currently, after harvesting the chicory salad, the roots are disposed of in composting or biogas plants. Researchers of the University of Hohenheim used these roots to generate Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a basic material in the future plastics industry.
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January 2016: Sustainability is essential in future (III) – Buried in a biologically degradable plastic coffin


Part three of our series of articles about sustainability focusses on an application area in which successful trials appear to have been completed to replace wood – the dominant material up to now – by plastic or rather a polymer-based, fibre-reinforced composite which biodegrades completely without leaving any residue.
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