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Gummiwerk Kraiburg GmbH & Co. KG announced that it is developing customer-specific elastomer compounds with an antimicrobial additive whose physical and rheological properties remain unchanged. According to the company, antibacterial surfaces prevent the formation, development and transfer of bacteria, mould and spores. The use of certain antibacterial active ingredients damages the cell membranes, thus interrupting the functions of the germs and preventing their proliferation.

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According to KraussMaffei, converting clean industrial waste or contaminated mixed waste from the “Green Dot” system into pure polymers or even complex recompounds – plastics recycling is a highly diverse and extremely challenging task. As an experienced machine manufacturer and material expert, KraussMaffei's extrusion division brings a great deal of expertise to the table – perfect prerequisites for sustained success in this important growth market. The company said its extrusion technology is an ideal choice for plasticising and degassing process steps as well as for repelletising and recompounding.

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Hankook Tyre UK announced that it will be exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle Show (hall 5, stand 5B50) – the largest and most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event in the UK from 31 August to 2 September 2021 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center (NEC).

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Hexcel has presented a wide range of composite innovations for customer applications in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, recreation, and marine markets at JEC Composites Connect, a two-day digital event for the composites industry, which was held from 1 – 2 June 2021. At its virtual stand, Hexcel showcased a variety of composite products including:

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The German automotive supplier Fischer Automotive has opened a new factory in Jagodina, Serbia in June 2021. The new site increases the company`s production capacity in Europe. Fischer will use the new site for the production of ventilation nozzles for clients like Mercedes and BMW.

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EPDM is used for a very wide range of applications in the automotive industry, e.g., for hoses and seals in the vehicle that come into contact with the aqueous urea solution AdBlue and must therefore have sufficient resistance to urea. Carbon black N990 is often used as a filler in such applications. This study investigates the substitution of this carbon black with a Neuburg Siliceous Earth-based mineral filler.

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Continental has launched a new telehandler and skid-steer loader tire. The CompactMaster AG tire is the first to be designed with a new Turtle Shield tread layer and twisted steel belt. “This is a reinforced tire with a hard shell and a more flexible steel wire construction to help prevent cuts and damage, whilst offering greater stability for materials handling work,” explains Benjamin Hübner, Product Line Manager Product Line Manager Agricultural Tires at Continental Commercial Specialty Tires.

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Lehmann&Voss&Co.’s Luvomaxx group will offer the vulcanization accelerator Luvomaxx OTOS.

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Wickert Maschinenbau has developed an extremely compact, setup-free multifunctional gripper for the handling of multilayer-stacked or chaotically deposited components with layer separation.

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The article in RFP Rubber Fibres Plastics 02 2021 will explain the chemical constitution of Butyl Rubber (IIR), the resulting chemical properties and describe some of the unique cure properties of this class of polymers and will highlight the versatility of brominated butyl (BIIR).

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Marcel Gruendken, Senior Manager EMEA MD&TS, R&D and Regulatory Affairs, Kuraray Europe, Germany, is going to give a presentation at the Tire Technology Virtual Conference ‘Live’. His presentation “Low-molecular-weight ‘liquid’ polymers – an alternative ingredient” will discuss chemicals and innovations in the tire industry as well as the differentiation of plasticizers, resins and polymers. Co-reactivity with main polymers and interaction with fillers is described as well as Kuraray’s liquid rubber and applications in tires.

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