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Glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics are in demand when lightweight and forward-looking solutions are called for. This trend towards lightweight construction is currently one of the strongest drivers for the composites industry. Just as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itself: the major technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain enables this sector of industry to increasingly automate and shorten manufacturing processes. Both developments dominated this year’s edition of 13nd edition of Composites Europe 2018. Event organiser Reed Exhibitions registered 365 exhibitors from 30 nations, 8,148 visitors from 71 countries.

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The AX22 high pressure multi-component mixing head for the automotive seats industry (Source: Cannon)

Cannon announced that it will highlight its latest processing technologies for the industrial production of polyurethanes, composites and thermoformed products at Fakuma 2018, including:

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The 26th edition of Fakuma will take place from 16 – 20 October 2018 in Friedrichshafen at the Lake Constance. In non-K years this event is the biggest and most important trade show for plastics processing in Germany. The German TPE compounder Kraiburg TPE announced that it will highlight at this fair its market-driven and customer-oriented development expertise. In addition to current applications, the company will be showcasing two new series for automotive interior and consumer applications.

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Saip Equipment announced that it will participate in PU China 2018, an annual event for the Chinese polyurethane market, which will take place from 1 – 3 August 2018 at the World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China.

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Kuraray will present its own racing kart and racing tyres based on ­Kuraray Liquid Rubber.

Kuraray will be presenting new bio-based Liquid Farnesene Rubber grades, as well as Kuraray Liquid Rubber (K-LR) products for enhanced compound processing. Liquid rubber derived from isoprene, butadiene, styrene and butadiene or the newly developed bio-based monomer Farnesene are widely used as high molecular weight, co-vulcanisable plasticisers. In rubber manufacturing, improvements in processing and physical properties can be achieved. Liquid rubbers are produced and used corresponding to their “solid” counter types. Therefore advantages can be demonstrated beyond a pure plasticising effect.

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Every three years elastomer experts from Germany and abroad come together in Nuremberg on occasion of the German Rubber Conference (Deutsche Kautschuk-Tagung, DKT). This key event for professionals along the complete supply chain of elastomers is a unique combination of a trade show and a conference. The exhibition offers a multitude of opportunities to network and to get profound insights into the current state of this dynamic industry and to get informed about latest developments in materials and processing technologies. The four-day conference is a podium for top-level speakers from science and industry. The event is a unique opportunity for OEMs to get a comprehensive overview of the innovative strength and technological leadership of the elastomer industry as a reliable partner for their current and future requirements. Organiser of this meeting point for the rubber industry is the German Rubber Association (Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft, DKG).

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Hydra-Cell metering solution model MT8

Wanner International will be exhibiting its range of Hydra-Cell hydraulically balanced, seal-less diaphragm pumps, specifically developed to meet the needs of polyurethane production, at Utech Europe. The company added to its range of pumps for polyurethane manufacturing the Hydra-Cell metering solutions MT8 seal-less triplex metering pump that is designed to accommodate low flow rates from 0.227 to 30.280 l/h and pressures up to 241 bar while exceeding API 675 performance standards. Its multiple diaphragm design provides virtually pulse-free flow without the need for pulsation dampeners.

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Rampf Production Systems and its partner for the Asian markets, Orient-Rampf Dosiertechnik (Souzhou) Co., Ltd., are exhibiting their mixing and dispensing systems for sealing, casting, and bonding single-, dual-, and multi-component reactive plastic systems at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 2H, stand 2J71) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Shanghai, China.

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The 18th Tire Technology Expo is set to take place from 20 – 22 February 2018 in Hanover, Germany. According to the organiser UKi Media & Events, with the floor space now increased to 20,000 m2, the event will be even bigger than in 2017.

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The RN30 concept car

BASF and the Hyundai Motor Company will present the outstanding features of the new, jointly developed concept vehicle RN30 at the K 2016.

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At K 2016, the Austrian injection moulding machinery producer Maplan will present several machine models at its stand, among them a “TPE version” of a vertical MTTF-C 30.

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