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„Enjoy reading!" Christine Rüdiger (Editor)

27. April 2021

The RFP Rubber Fibres Plastics 02 2021 is out!

In this issue, we look at tyre recycling and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in R&D and production. We have an interview with Anish K. Taneja, who was appointed President of wdk, the German Rubber Industry Association in November 2020 and market reports from Composites Germany, EuPC and Amaplast Materials discussed in this issue are LSR for marine underwater cables, urea-resistant EPDM gaskets and hoses, and butyl rubber.

If decisions based on the results of an AI, it is important to understand the algorithm behind. That’s why software providers and users work closely together in the development of suitable algorithms as Hexpol and DatenBerg did. Together they developed an algorithm for an analysis software to predict the quality of the compound based on process parameters (p. 103). To enable collaborations between humans and AI Yokohama Rubber has launched HAICoLab (an acronym for “Humans and AI ColLaborate”) in October 2020 (p. 73). For Desma, virtual collaboration defines the new world of work, especially in times of Corona (p. 80).

Several market reports shed a light on the lingering influence of the pandemic and raw material shortages on the industry: Composites Germany presents its 16th Composites Market Survey and says the assessment of current business situation is brightening up (p.68). According to European Plastics Converters (EuPC) raw material shortages in Europe impact production of plastic products (p. 78). And Amaplast presents market figures for 2020 and speaks of a difficult year for Italian manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery (p. 79).

Albeit somewhat in the background the still important topics tire recycling and sustainability are not forgotten. wdk President Anish K. Taneja sees the rubber industry as a considerable contributor to a sustainable economy, as he says in our interview on page 65. Fecken-Kirfel and Salvadori describe how tyre recycling opens up new chances for sustainable products (p. 82).

One such application is the use of recycled waterjet rubber powder in S-SBR-based rubber compounds which is described by scientist from TRS Tyre Recycling Solutions and Trinseo on page 87.

Other materials discussed in this issue are liquid silicone elastomer for marine underwater cables (CHT, p. 71), urea-resistant EPDM gaskets and hoses (Hoffmann-Mineral, p. 74), and butyl rubber as a unique polymer with a diverse cure chemistry (Arlanxeo, p. 96).

Enjoy reading!

Christine Rüdiger

Further information about the new issue at https://www.gupta-verlag.com/magazines/rfp-rubber-fibres-plastics-international/02-2021.

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