Waiting is over. The much-awaited new book on thermoplastic elastomers, Thermoplastic Elastomers at a Glance, authored by Guenter Scholz (former BASF) and Manuela Gehringer (Allod Werkstoff) is out now.
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.
We take a look at the development of electromobility in Germany, the German plastics and rubber machinery industry, the market for GRP and the results of the European Bioplastics’ annual market data update. Don’t miss out on our technical articles on the physical properties of a biomimetic synthetic rubber developed and the comparison of two highly efficient methods for sulfur curing.
Learn how natural rubber can be part of the climate change actions (IRSG, CIFOR/FTA, CIRAD) and how renewable carbon can become an alternative carbon source for the chemical and plastics industry. Read the summary of an independent academic study presented in August 2020 on Continental’s role in the Third Reich and how Fraunhofer LBF enables dynamic plastics testing even at low temperatures without thermal chamber. Find reports on the Virtual double event Foam Expo Connect and Adhesive & Bonding Expo Connect as well as the 30th International Colloquium Plastics Technology of the IKV, which was held as a virtual conference as well, and a Preview to Chinaplas 2021.
Have a look at a testing solution that allows the study of crack growth in elastomer compounds (Metravib), and a study to identify a safe replacement for bis-DMTD as a curing agent (MLPC). Read how mold design and injection concept for LSR injection molding can be optimized by modern simulation techniques (Sigma Engineering), and learn more about a novel process to 3D print latex rubber, developed by researchers at Virginia Tech.
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.