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At this year’s K show in Düsseldorf, Chemtura and Galata Chemicals, formerly Chemtura Vinyl Additives, will exhibit at a joint booth. Chemtura will present innovations within its line of flame retardants, antioxidants, UV stabilisers, polymerisation inhibitors and organometallic specialities for plastics. In addition, the company will inform about some of the investments it is making in R&D, manufacturing expansions, and in emerging markets.

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At K 2010, the Behn Meyer Europe GmbH will present its portfolio of speciality chemicals for the plastics and rubber industry. Being part of the Behn Meyer Group, the distributor serves 17 European countries through its offices in Germany and the Netherlands. During the last years the company has expanded its activities offering today additives for the WPC and plastic compounding industry.

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Right on schedule for K2010, Ems-Grivory has launched a new database called "EMS Material Database", which encompasses the most important products from the product families Grivory, Grilamid, Grilon and Grilflex.

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Plastics and rubber stand for endless new applications with the power to inspire and fascinate. Most recently, the fact that plastics are exceptionally energy-efficient has been assuming an ever-more prominent role. Plastics are the key to resource-conserving technologies characterised by low materials consumption. The use of plastics brings major benefits in, for example, heat insulation of buildings, as well as mobility through lightweight design in cars, buses, trains and aircraft. Plastics are indispensable for the expansion of renewable energies. The range of applications for plastics in modern energy technology is vast, stretching from wind turbine rotor blades, which can only be produced using fibre-composites, to membranes in fuel cells, and to photovoltaic cells, which will be printed on a grand scale on membranes with the help of plastics technology. Numerous examples of energy-saving applications and resource-conserving production processes will be on show at K 2010, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber, in Düsseldorf from 27 October to 3 November 2010.

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At the trade show, the Italian company F.lli Maris S.p.a. will inform about its co-rotating twin-screw extruders and complete lines for the compounding of plastic materials and rubber.

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Many people have long since stopped seeing environmental protection solely in terms of nature conservation. For some years now, consumers and experts alike have also been interested in the emissions to which they may be exposed in building interiors. The European Commission has therefore called on governments to ensure that by 2010 half of their construction projects comply with a range of progressive environmental criteria.

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At K 2010, the 18th international trade fair for plastics and rubber, some 3,100 exhibitors from 57 countries will again present their latest developments for all sectors of the plastics and rubber industry on 1.7 million square feet of net exhibit space. About 60 % of the space will be occupied by exhibitors from countries other than Germany. K 2010 will be held from 27 October – 3 November 2010 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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There seems to be no limit to what injection moulding is capable of. With the varied injection moulding processes available, seemingly any plastic article can be conjured up, however complex the geometry. Such specialised innovative methods as co-injection, in-mould decoration, insert moulding, foam injection moulding, gas- and water-assisted injection moulding, combined processes, thin-wall technology and, increasingly, micro- and nanotechnology help to satisfy the wide-ranging needs of the various user industries.

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Few customer industries have been hit as heavily by the 2009 economic crisis as the construction sector. Sales of pipes, profiles and boards have fallen dramatically. Since the end of 2008, manufacturers of semi-finished products, plastics processors and machine manufacturers have experienced a significant drop in business, introduced short-time working and in some cases even throttled back their capacity. By the time of K 2010, manufacturers of pipes, profiles, boards and insulating materials are hoping for a revival of business.

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When most people think about rubber, the first thing that comes to mind is probably car tyres. After all, we see them everywhere on our streets and roads, and many of us have to ensure that they are regularly inspected and replaced.

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