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„Enjoy reading!" Christine Rüdiger (Editor)

03. February 2021

The new issue of RFP Rubber Fibres Plastics is out!

We take a look at the development of electromobility in Germany, the German plastics and rubber machinery industry, the market for GRP and the results of the European Bioplastics’ annual market data update. Don’t miss out on our technical articles on the physical properties of a biomimetic synthetic rubber developed and the comparison of two highly efficient methods for sulfur curing.

At the beginning of 2020, almost all sectors of the economy were hit hard by the effects of the Corona pandemic. Some have already been able to compensate for the losses, others are still struggling, as recent market reports show. In the German plastics and rubber machinery industry cumulative sales from January to October 2020 are only 3 % below the incoming orders in the same period of 2019, according to the statistics of VDMA (p. 15). The Center of Automotive Management (CAM) found that December 2020 closed in Germany with record sales of approximately 83,000 newly registered electric vehicles. Some key findings from CAM's latest "Electromobility Report" are presented on page 12. The European GRP market experienced sharpest decline since the economic and financial crisis of 2008/2009 due to the Corona pandemic, as can be seen from a market report of AVK, summarized on page 16. The results of the European Bioplastics’ (EUBP) annual market data update, on the other hand, confirm a continued dynamic growth of the global bioplastics industry (p. 20).

It is heartening to see how more and more conferences, instead of being cancelled completely, go virtual, merely reducing the in-person components. Deutsche Kautschuk Gesellschaft e. V. has announced the rescheduling of DKT IRC 2021 from July 2021 to 27 – 30 June 2022 (p. 6). Still, there will be the opportunity to hear selected lectures, see scientific posters and discuss results with other participants at the virtual DKG Elastomer Symposium, which will be held from 28 June to 1 July 2021. Arburg held its virtual summit on medical technology in November 2020, bringing together more than 400 industry experts – twice as many as would have attended in-person (p. 38). Chinaplas 2021 definitely is to be held 13 – 16 April 2021 (p. 42) and looking further ahead, at Messe Düsseldorf the first meeting of the exhibitors’ advisory board marked the kick-off to the next “K” in Düsseldorf, Germany, to be held from 19 – 26 October 2022 (p. 29). 

Enjoy reading!

Dr. Christine Rüdiger
Deputy editor-in-chief

Technical articles in this issue:

  • Biomimetic synthetic rubber vs. natural rubber – Strain induced crystallization and abrasion resistance
    M. Beiner, G. Gupta, J. Wötzel, M. Malke, U. Wendler, C. Schulze Gronover, B. Müller, D. Prüfer, R. Jaeger, C. Stauch, K. Mandel
    Results of the collaborative research project “Biomimetic Synthetic Rubber – BISYKA” of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be presented. The test results clearly show that similar performance parameters can be achieved if the natural rubber in tire tread compounds is replaced by the biomimetic synthetic rubber developed in this Fraunhofer research project.
  • Comparing two highly efficient methods for sulfur curing of rubber
    A. Ansarifar, K. Noulta, G. W. Weaver, K. G. U. Wijayantha
    This study compares two highly efficient methods developed for the sulfur vulcanization of natural rubber and ethylene-propylene-diene rubber. In both cases, only the optimum amount of the chemical curatives was used. The results suggest that the sulfur cure systems currently used to vulcanize industrial rubber compounds can be improved and be made more cost-effective and safer.

Further information about the new issue at https://www.gupta-verlag.com/magazines/rfp-rubber-fibres-plastics-international/01-2021.


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