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For more than 125 years, Troester GmbH & Co. KG, Hanover, Germany, has been developing and manufacturing innovative and reliable machines for the rubber industry. AT K 2019 process and manufacturing specialists will be on hand to discuss the latest developments with visitors at stand F40 in hall 16.

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Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a high-performance elastomer used in many markets and applications. New application trends require enhanced design flexibility, process efficiency and co-molding using combinations of different material types. In co-molding applications, the cure temperature of LSR is inherently limited by the thermal stability of the overmolded counterpart, and conventional high process temperatures often cannot be used. A new generation of low temperature cure (LTC) LSR materials that cure between 90 °C and 120 °C can overcome those co-molding challenges and enable new designs and applications.

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LG Chem announced Thursday (7 November 2019) it has opened a technical service and development center in Osan, Gyeonggi Province, marking the country’s largest petrochemical technology center. The chemical affiliate of LG Group invested KRW 110 billion (USD 94.8 million) in establishing the center, it said. The center will be used for developing technical solutions and offering other forms of support for the company’s contractors and clients.

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Croda announced that its Polymer Additives business is now part of Croda Smart Materials, offering its customers extensive polymer expertise and multiple technology platforms. At K 2019, the company is celebrating half a century of experience in amide production and the opening of its GBP 27 million amide manufacturing facility at its site in the United Kingdom.

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This article describes a class of novel smart materials known as mechano-adaptive composites. Mechanical adaptability is realized by exploiting the polymorphic phase transition characteristics of certain abundantly available inorganic filler particles incorporated in the elastomer matrix.

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Key new products of Wacker will be fire-resistant silicone elastomers, self-adhesive silicone rubber grades with extremely low-friction surfaces and ultra-thin silicone laminates for electroactive applications. The company announced that another focus will be on liquid silicone rubber grades that, thanks to their reduced volatiles content, do not necessarily require postcuring. In the field of 3D printing Wacker will show the new 3D silicone printer Aceo Imagine Series K2.

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Uth GmbH from Fulda, Germany, will be presenting its extended product range at K 2019. In addition to the proven roll-ex gear pump technology and roll-ex fine mesh straining solutions, this includes current developments such as the TRP (Two-roll Plasticiser) for rework processing, polymer dosing system and roll-ex MDSE technology for silicone compounding.

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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH announced it will unveil its fastest, most energy efficient, sustainable, data driven integrated machine line-up at K 2019 by presenting five new machines under the motto “Precision. Power. Productivity”. In addition, the company will showcase its technical expertise in LSR moulding. The company said that a new preferred partnership in the LSR market will be unveiled by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag closer to the exhibition.

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LWB Steinl, the manufacturer of rubber processing machines headquartered in Altdorf-Lands­hut, Germany, has emerged to a broad-based group of eight companies within the last eight years. Five of the eight companies will give a comprehensive overview of their expertise at K 2019 on the joint stand of the Steinl Group. Beyond elastomer injection moulding and rubber processing technology, these include, in particular, the adhesive and sealing technology, but also the development and application of fibre-reinforced biopolymers.

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For Sigma Engineering GmbH the K 2019 is all about the subject “SIGMAinteract – Autonomous Optimization connects departments”. At the stand in hall 13 this will become immediately visible with a completely new design concept. Making informed decisions throughout a project requires involvement from partners in various departments. This means project data must be provided to each participant and they will need free and easy access to it. Therefore, the company will present a new tool. Users can share Sigmasoft results interactively and in 3D with colleagues, project partners and customers. Sigmasoft hereby encourages the interdisciplinary exchange and provides a direct link between the simulation in development and production.

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Rubicon Gummitechnik und Maschinenbau GmbH presents numerous interesting news around its product portfolio of machines and lines for rubber, silicone and TPE processing. The highlight at the stand is the compounding extruder for the continuous production of silicone compounds.

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