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Sigma Engineering GmbH has enhanced its Sigmasoft process simulation software. The new version 5.3.1 contains a new module for simulation of compression molding processes of rubber compounds.

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On 30 September 2021, Altair announced the Altair Material Data Center (AMDC) consortium, designed to make the cloud-based database AMDC a materials information resource to support product design and manufacturing. Altair is a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the areas of simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI).

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At the Fakuma 2021, KraussMaffei is highlighting economical system solutions for medical technology, logistics packaging, technical appliances and lightweight construction, and is deliberately focusing on an all-digital presentation. Efficiency and sustainability are the focal points of the system solutions for injection moulding technology, reaction process technology, automation and matching digital solutions.

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(Source: P. E. Schall)

The 27th Fakuma, international trade fair for plastics processing, will open its doors in Friedrichshafen from 12 to 16 October 2021, which makes it one of the first major on-site events for the plastics industry in Germany this year. According to the organiser P. E. Schall, in addition to the issues of injection moulding, extrusion technology, thermoforming and 3D printing, the event will also focus above all on the digital transformation and sustainable plastics processing with efficient production.

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Engel’s stand at Fakuma 2021 will put the spotlight on sustainability. The production of decorated monomaterial food packaging and the processing of regrind from labelling waste is supporting circular economy by creating a process chain. At the same time, the company is celebrating the world première of the 4,200 kN version of the Engel e-speed injection moulding machine. The sophisticated packaging application combines extreme thin-wall injection compression moulding with stack mould technology.

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Hoffmann Mineral is a manufacturer of functional fillers based on Neuburg Siliceous Earth. These include the products Sillitin and Aktisil, as well as the calcined variants Silfit and Aktifit. Recently the company has introduced a new business area - Tailored Filler Solutions.

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At Fakuma 2021 Arburg will focus on "The best of both worlds": arburgXworld and arburgGREENworld. The company is going to present its solutions for digital, sustainable and production-efficient plastics processing.

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Wittmann Battenfeld's Fakuma exhibits this year include the SmartPlus servo-hydraulic injection molding machine, the EcoPower 55 production cell, an LSR application on MicroPower 15/10H/10H Combimould, IMAGOxt software and Airmould gas injection technology. In addition to the exhibits to be viewed physically, the company will also offer the opportunity of live connection with its various facilities via its new media technology Wittmann Interactive to obtain information about additional exhibits.

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On 27 September 2021, BASF announced that it has curtailed its ammonia production at its production sites in Antwerp, Belgium, and Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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On 27 September 2021, Safic-Alcan announced that it has acquired 100 % of Rit-Chem Co., Inc., a boutique chemical distributor specialising in the performance and life science sectors in the USA. Rit-Chem will become part of the ChemSpec organisation in the USA, the American affiliate of the Safic-Alcan Group. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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