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The Pocket Guide – Rubber & TPE is a free-of-charge service for visitors and exhibitors at K2016, offered by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with Dr. Gupta Verlag and with kind support of the German Rubber Manufacturers Association wdk (Wirtschaftsverband der Deutschen Kautschukindustrie).

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Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG announced that it will be exhibiting at K 2016 with the largest number of injection moulding machines so far. The printing of 3D mould inserts and their use on a Boy 25 E within a short time will be demonstrated at the show. Different mould inserts with different geometrical parts will be printed. According to the company, this shows the advantage of this 3D technology – very different parts can be injection moulded on the Boy 25 E within a very short period of time. The tool changing system for accommodating the 3D printed mould inserts, which was previously only used on the Boy XS, is now also available for the larger Boy 25 E and Boy 35 E.

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At K2016 the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University will highlight the topics additive manufacturing and integrative production technology in the form of a Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) for plastics processing.

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Arlanxeo was established in April 2016 by Lanxess and Saudi Aramco. The joint venture today is one of the biggest global players in the field of synthetic rubber production with an extensive portfolio of rubbers for tyre and non-tyre applications.

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At the K show the German injection moulding machine manufacturer LWB-Steinl introduces, as main innovation, the new FlexEvo machine control, which is said to set new standards in operating logic and process precision. 

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At K 2016 Sigma Engineering GmbH, Aachen will present real and virtual production in parallel at its stand at K 2016. Visitors will get insights into the different fields of application along the development and production chain of injection moulding processes. Through different examples, typical questions of elastomer, thermoplast, thermoset and powder injection moulding processes will be answered, thus demonstrating the potential of the Sigmasoft Virtual Molding technology software.

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Milacron Holdings Corp., an industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, presents at Chinaplas 2016. The company will showcase its plastics offering in two stands. Stand E2 D21 will feature Milacron’s injection molding, blow and extrusion machinery and stand E4 H31 will showcase Milacron’s Mold-Masters and DME brands industry leading hot runners, process control systems and mold components.

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Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., a global producer of styrenic block copolymers, will present engineered polymers and chemicals derived from pine wood pulping co-products at Chinaplas, held from 25 – 28 April 2016 in Shanghai, China. The product showcase will include technologies for speciality adhesives, automotive soft skins, polymer modification, Cariflex polyisoprene products, and medical applications and compounding solutions.

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As the trends toward miniaturization, portability, improved aesthetics, and environmental responsibility drive ongoing changes in medical devices, selecting the right materials has become more critical. Owing to plastics’ comparatively light weight, low cost, ease of processing, flexibility and superior biocompatibility, medical plastics have become an integral component in a wide range of modern medical devices and supplies, covering disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags, heart valves, etc. To achieve optimal product usability, appearance, endurance and performance, plastics are one of the best options for medical device designers. Plastics are also particularly suitable for medical packaging due to their exceptional barrier properties, light weight, low cost, durability, transparency and compatibility with other materials. Without doubt, modern healthcare would not be possible without plastics technology.

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At Chinaplas 2016, BASF will exclusively co-host the “Design x Innovation” event, showcasing innovations that demonstrate the power of high-performance materials to enable high-performance design. Chinaplas is the biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber in Asia and taking place for the 30th time from 25 – 28 April 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China.

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Tickets for K 2016 from 19 – 26 October are available online at www.k-online.com as of now. The eTicket offers dual benefits, as it saves time and money. Visitors can purchase their tickets online, print them out on their own printers or download them as codes, and then travel free of charge to the trade fair by bus and rail. The eTicket is also much cheaper than tickets bought on site. The one-day ticket thus costs EUR 49, while the price over the counter in Düsseldorf is EUR 65. The three-day ticket can be had for EUR 108 online, and for EUR 135 over the counter.

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