Teknor Apex Company has named Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH (NRC) to distribute its engineering thermoplastic (ETP) compounds in Germany and six other nations in Central and Eastern Europe, it was announced at Fakuma 2012 by Neil Croucher, ETP sales director for Teknor Apex.
Highlights at the Fakuma stand of Kraiburg TPE will include Copec compounds for consumer electronics products, Thermolast V for high-temperature applications, and the extended Thermolast M series for applications in the medical field.
Actega DS is specialised in materials for strictly-regulated markets such as food, beverage, pharmaceutical and medical industries. The TPE compounder early started the development of PVC-free technologies. In the 1980s it successfully established PVC-free materials for crown caps and aluminum caps on the market. A product for metal/plastic composite cap has been launched in 2006 which is able to withstand sterilisation process. The development of PVC-free materials for vacuum metal closures started in 2005. In 2008, Actega presented the first Provalin prototype and in 2010 the variant 1241 was launched as a comprehensive sealing compound for products with a high oil/fat content in twist-off caps. Only recently the company announced that Andechser Natur uses Provalin for its yoghurt lids.
Soft medical TPE applications have been the main focus for Wittenburg in the last years. Now it was announced that the Dutch group will strengthen the medical product portfolio in the area of hard specialty engineering plastic compounds. To the base polymers functionalities like X-ray and/or metal detectable, lubricated, thermal conductive, electrical conductive, etc. can be added. Engineering plastic compounds are supplied by Wittenburg’s sister company Witcom.
Plastic Technologie Service GmbH (PTS) is a specialist for hard/soft combinations, radiation crosslinked thermoplastics and high-performance compounds. For Fakuma 2012 PTS announced several new developments: Scratch-resistant foams (skin types) with adhesion to polypropylene, HT polymers including radiation crosslinking and shielding technology as well as materials for selective electro-plating.
Following the acquisition of Polyprime in the United States, Enplast recently introduced a new TPV series to the European markets. The EzPrene series currently consists of nine types ranging in hardness from 55 Shore A to 50 Shore D. This series complements the company’s Enflex VL and VU family of general-purpose elastomers for applications in the automotive, construction, and plumbing industries. Enplast said the EzPrene series employs a proprietary cure technology and that the products are non-hygroscopic, therefore they do not need to be dried prior to processing. For each of the members of the EzPrene family there are grades available that are marketed specifically for applications in colour. The materials in the series are comparable to conventional TPVs in terms of strength and elasticity, in regard to colourability and the eliminiation of pre-drying they outperform them.
Teknor Apex Europe announced that for the first time it can produce at its plants in Belgium and the UK compounds spanning the entire range of TPE chemistries developed worldwide by the company headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, USA. Teknor Apex Europe manufactures compounds in four product families: styrenics, vulcanisates, olefinics and over-moulding compounds for industries as diverse as automotive, medical, consumer, and wire and cable. Besides its compounding plants in Europe, the company produces TPEs at five sites in the United States and one in Singapore
The extensive lecture programme of the DKT conference includes a two-day TPE forum, held from 3-4 July (room Amsterdam). The concept of the TPE Forum has been developed in cooperation with the Technical Committee of the VDI unit “Engineered polymer materials”, which was responsible for the programme.
The TPE compounder will inform about latest developments in the field of drinking water applications. The compounds of the DW series meet all key requirements for products that are in direct contact with drinking water; applications may include plumbing seals, filtration demand, showerheads or design elements in and around fittings.
Allod develops and manufactures customised TPEs under the brand name Allruna. The materials are suitable for injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding, as well as other special processing technologies.
Velox will highlight at DKT benefits of the additives of the Spanish company Avanzare. They have been developed for use in coloured compounds and ESD systems. The products are marketed under the brand name avanstatic.
The Hamburg-based trading company Rolf Schlicht offers a broad portfolio of equipment, peripherals and accessories, ranging from cleaning compound to complete systems and lines.
The company offers various services, ranging from the low-temperature deflashing of rubber and plastic parts, final inspection, assembly, packing and dispatch, finish-grinding, dulling and washing and de-rubberising and the separation of composite materials especially in the field of rubber/metal combinations. The company also supplies deflashing machinery and equipment.
Phoenix is a visual inspection equipment for dimensional and surface defects control of rubber and plastics components.
Pixargus will be informing about a new hybrid inspection system that checks material and contour at the same time.
MonTech rubber testing instruments, Buchen, Germany is specialised in the development, production as well as service and calibration of rubber testing instrument.
VMI will display a Shark gearpump mixing extruder.
The machinery supplier Troester from Hannover, Germany, has announced to present an optimised cross head for the hose production.
New products and future trends in the field of silicone processing are the main topic of rubicon.
Rapid die clamping using magnetic clamping plates on rubber moulding presses for working temperatures of up to 240°C will be displayed by Roemheld.
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