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Read about Project Stop, An initiative of the chemical industry to free the seas of plastic waste, and our interview with Craig Halgreen, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs (Borealis).

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“Better life with Plastics!“ This the key message of our cover page advertiser Wanhua. So true! Plastics help us in these difficult times in many areas from medical devices, breathing masks to protection equipment and clean single-use food packaging, ...Read what thermoplastic elastomers can do in TPE Magazine. Issue 01/2020 is out now!

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Read about the North American PU market evaluated by industry experts such as Grace Showalter and Jaime Garza (BASF), Alan Robinson and Prameela Susarla (Dow Chemical Company), Christine Bryant and Richard Skorpenske (Covestro), Matt Aldag and Thomas Rosen (Evonik), Jan Buberl and Pavneet Mumick (Huntsman Polyurethane).

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We will take a look at the global automotive markets in 2020 with Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Director at CAR – Center Automotive Research, at the Italian market for plastics and rubber machinery with Amaplast, and at the 30th International Colloquium Plastics Technology which is going to take place in Aachen, Germany on 11 and 12 March 2020, organized by IKV that is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

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Read about the 62nd CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference that was organized by the Center for the Polyurethane Industry and held in October in sunny Orlando, FL, USA once again highlighted the impact of polyurethanes on the world today. We also report on the recent Foam Expo Europe that took place in Stuttgart and the big K 2019 show organized by Messe Düsseldorf that focused heavily on circular economy.

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Featuring an interview with Arlanxeo’s CEO Donald Chen, the realignment at Albis Plastic, new developments in Bridgestone’s high strength rubber, an outlook at market developments and trends in the European GRP market in 2019 and a last glance back at K 2019.

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Enjoy reading insights of TPE expert Patrick Ellis on the current and future market for thermoplastic elastomers in automotive applications and have a look at our special on additive manufacturing with soft materials. Arburg talks about the latest update of the Freeformer and what this famous machine can do in the field of 3D printing of TPEs.

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In this issue you can inform yourself about the forthcoming K 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf, where many machine manufacturers, raw materials and additive manufacturers as well as system houses and processors of polyurethanes will exhibit.

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Learn more about the new VDI guideline 2017 with focus on TPE, get insights of TPE in medical + healthcare markets, learn about Allod’s innovative materials with PTC effect, Uteksol/Albis’ high performance FR TPE, Kuraray’s new damping materials, and last but not least our extensive K 2019 preview.

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T. S. Natarajan gives an insight his research on mechano-adaptive composites for future applications conducted ipf Dresden. A. Ansarifar (Loughborough University) has explored an alternative method for the vulcanization of rubber articles using a single material additive. Scientists at Dow describe the advantages of low temperature cure of LSR and the properties of ultra-high molecular weight EPDM for automotive, consumer, and infrastructure applications.

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In this new issue you can read about the European flexible PU foam market development, past fairs and conferences such as Europur & Euro-Moulders Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and the interzum in Cologne, Germany. We also cover the upcoming CPI in Orlando, Florida and the report on K 2019 with its leitmotif Circular Economy.

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