01/08/2016In 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.
21/07/2016A 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.
20/06/2016A 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 ...
31/05/2016Technologically, 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 ...
31/03/2016Stanford 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.
23/02/2016800,000 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.
05/02/2016Part 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.
14/12/2015Part two of our series of articles about sustainability takes a look at the use of microparticles in cosmetics and personal products. The particles used frequently involve plastics, which, however, represent a problem for the environment – as we are in the meantime aware. Scientists have started to search for an adequate replacement and have evidently succeeded in finding one.
30/10/2015The concept of sustainability requires responsible and economical use of limited resources and it also stimulates scientists and companies to apply their innovative skills in the substitution of fossil raw materials and feedstocks by renewable alternatives. A development reflects the trend: Scientists there are working on a new method for manufacturing polyurethane that is based on vegetable oil.