In this issue, we will look at the development of the automotive industry and electromobility with the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), including an update on the effects of the Corona pandemic on the automotive markets. The German rubber industry association Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie (wdk) provides an insight into the current situation of the rubber industry and the impact of the current Corona crisis. Nova institute shares an insight in the global bio-based polymer market 2019, and we have a glimpse at the Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics for April 2020 provided by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).
We will take a look at the global automotive markets in 2020 with Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Director at CAR – Center Automotive Research, at the Italian market for plastics and rubber machinery with Amaplast, and at the 30th International Colloquium Plastics Technology which is going to take place in Aachen, Germany on 11 and 12 March 2020, organized by IKV that is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Featuring an interview with Arlanxeo’s CEO Donald Chen, the realignment at Albis Plastic, new developments in Bridgestone’s high strength rubber, an outlook at market developments and trends in the European GRP market in 2019 and a last glance back at K 2019.
T. S. Natarajan gives an insight his research on mechano-adaptive composites for future applications conducted ipf Dresden. A. Ansarifar (Loughborough University) has explored an alternative method for the vulcanization of rubber articles using a single material additive. Scientists at Dow describe the advantages of low temperature cure of LSR and the properties of ultra-high molecular weight EPDM for automotive, consumer, and infrastructure applications.
The new issue of RFP is out! Find out how the ICCA developed at Coesfeld enables quantitative characterization of the chip and cut behavior of rubber for tire applications without field testing and how serinol derivatives can be employed for the sustainable vulcanization of diene elastomers. A study carried out by scientists at Bosch and Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) Aachen shows how thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) and EPDM differ in their gas permeation behavior towards hydrogen. The University of Twente and the Polymer Science Park in Zwolle have established a link between research and education by cooperating in the newly founded Elastomer Competence Centre. Sigmasoft describes a virtual DoE for the improvement of part properties and Arburg presented its solutions for digitalization during the Arburg Technology Days 2019.
Smithers Rapra has published a brochure on latest automotive industry trends. It focusses on key trends and challenges facing the automotive industry today, and how testing will change as the market evolves. It looks at the core trends in the automotive industry, including: