Overview: Topic of the Month - Archive

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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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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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