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Cannon thermoformer (Source: Cannon)

Cannon is present at K 2019 in two exhibition areas. In hall 13, stand B76 is dedicated to the polyurethane and composite technologies, while in the external structure OA11/11.2 – facing the entrance of hall 11 – new thermoforming developments are highlighted.

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More than half of the country’s 1.08 million hectares of areas planted with rubber trees have been abandoned due to the low price of the commodity. The latest official data showed that 661,080 ha or 61 % of the total 1.08 million hectares of areas planted with the commodity are untapped as owners struggled to get a decent return for their efforts. An industry insider said smallholders who own 96 % of the total areas planted with rubber trees, had fled the estate and sought more lucrative jobs. The older owners — who comprise up to 60 % of the smallholders — had abandoned the job due to old age.

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This article describes a class of novel smart materials known as mechano-adaptive composites. Mechanical adaptability is realized by exploiting the polymorphic phase transition characteristics of certain abundantly available inorganic filler particles incorporated in the elastomer matrix.

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Hexpol TPE launches a new TPE family with recycled content at K 2019 (Source: Hexpol TPE)

Hexpol TPE announced that they will present their offering at K 2019 under the banner “Soft / Safe / Sustainable”. Among the highlights will be the launch of a family of TPE with recycled content. Hexpol TPE will market the new TPE family under the name Dryflex Circular.

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With Vestamid e²X, Evonik has developed a new generation of thermoplastic elastomers. (Source: Evonik)

Evonik announced that it will be celebrating 40 years of PEBA at K 2019. The high point of this product anniversary will be the launch of a new generation of thermoplastic elastomers under the brand name Vestamid e²X.

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At the K 2019, digital manufacturing company Carbon will debut a resin called RPU 130. With an unprecedented combination of properties, the material is said to fill the need for a tough, rigid, and high temperature additive manufacturing material suitable for rigorous applications in industries such as automotive. According to the manufacturer, RPU 130 is also partially derived from plants, addressing the growing demand for more sustainable materials.

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Key new products of Wacker will be fire-resistant silicone elastomers, self-adhesive silicone rubber grades with extremely low-friction surfaces and ultra-thin silicone laminates for electroactive applications. The company announced that another focus will be on liquid silicone rubber grades that, thanks to their reduced volatiles content, do not necessarily require postcuring. In the field of 3D printing Wacker will show the new 3D silicone printer Aceo Imagine Series K2.

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Uth GmbH from Fulda, Germany, will be presenting its extended product range at K 2019. In addition to the proven roll-ex gear pump technology and roll-ex fine mesh straining solutions, this includes current developments such as the TRP (Two-roll Plasticiser) for rework processing, polymer dosing system and roll-ex MDSE technology for silicone compounding.

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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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(Source: Trinseo)

Trinseo has announced plans for a TPE pilot facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company explained that this facility emphasises its growth strategy for TPEs globally and will serve customers in the automotive, consumer electronics, footwear and medical markets. The pilot facility will be built at Trinseo’s existing manufacturing site in Hsinchu. Start of operation is scheduled for 2020.

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