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Arlanxeo announced that it will highlight its latest achievements and developments in high-performance tyre solutions at the Tire Technology Expo 2020 (hall 20, stand C330) from 25 – 27 February 2020 in Hanover, Germany. In addition, two company experts will hold presentations at the conference highlighting advancements in the tyre material science sector on 26 February 2020.

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The collaborative project for circularity in plastics, Circularise Plastics, founded by Domo, Covestro and the supply chain transparency start-up Circularise, has reached the first milestone. With the support from the founding members Circularise successfully developed the first version of the platform tailored to the plastics industry. The group is piloting the system this year and has demonstrated it on the market in a production environment in early 2020.

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Electrically conductive fillers can be used as “markers” for condition monitoring of elastomer components, provided the exact correlation between the mechanical and dielectric properties of the material is known. Part 1 of a series of three articles on simultaneous dynamic-mechanical and dielectric analysis, deals with the influence of a defined static mechanical deformation on the dielectric spectra of a carbon black-filled HNBR.

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According to Engel Austria GmbH, the trade show JEC World 2020 from 3 – 5 March 2020 in Paris, France, will showcase the entire value-added chain of the composites industry. One important part of this chain is forming thermoplastic fibre-composite preforms, explained the company. The organomelt process from Engel is said to take this one step further. Organic sheets and unidirectional tapes are not just formed, but also functionalised in the same injection moulding step. This will be demonstrated live at the Engel stand N79 in hall 5.

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Lanxess announced that it has added a plant-based raw material variant to its Aktiplast PP product range. These processing promoters for polymer blends are used in the production of tyres as well as all kinds of technical rubber articles. According to the manufacturer, Aktiplast PP-veg, which is based on renewable raw materials, was developed specifically in response to a customer requirement from Asia. In this way, Lanxess’ Rhein Chemie business unit aims to enable rubber processors to reduce their CO2 footprint. An international tyre manufacturer from Europe has already expressed great interest, said the company.

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Kraton Corporation announced that it will exhibit at Tire Technology Expo 2020 from 25 – 27 February 2020 in Hanover, Germany, to showcase its innovation portfolio at stand C230. This includes Sylvatraxx 8000 tread enhancement additive series, a second-generation polyterpene with high biobased content designed to optimise the balance between wet traction and rolling resistance in silica-filled passenger car tyre treads, especially in all-season tyres.

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HF TireTech Group announced the launch of HF Q Guard, which will be presented at Tire Technology Expo 2020 (stand 8000) from 25 – 27 February 2020 in Hanover, Germany. According to the manufacturer, the system sets a new benchmark in precise splice measuring, quality control, and traceability in the tyre production process. Thus, it ensures that tyres are built to the highest quality and safety standards, said the company.

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is announcing a “Call for Nominations” for its 50th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and due dates for the event’s annual Parts Competition. This year’s Awards Gala will be held Thursday, 19 November 2020, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, MI, USA.

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Evonik and BellaSeno GmbH, a developer of 3D printed absorbable scaffolds, have signed a long-term agreement for the use of a Resomer bioresorbable polymer for an innovative breast implant technology. BellaSeno will use the material in its Senella breast scaffold products with a proprietary additive manufacturing process.

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A research team with participation of Evonik has achieved a breakthrough in the field of carbonylation chemistry. Carbonylation is one of the most important types of reaction in the chemical industry. It involves the catalysed introduction of a CO group (carbonyl group) into organic compounds. For more than 60 years, science and industry had been looking for a way to implement the now successful reaction step.

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Continental announced that it has revised its variable speed belts portfolio for agricultural applications and is bringing it to the spare parts market with improved quality. In the future, the company will manufacture products for the spare parts market from EPDM, which is currently used primarily by original equipment manufacturers.

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