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The Austrian rubber injection moulding machine manufacturer Maplan will focus on ways in which to upgrade existing systems in addition to their newly structured range of innovative machines. Both focal points are aimed at offering users economically interesting ways to increase their competitiveness at a time of economic uncertainty. This encompasses options such as affordably exchanging machine control systems, upgrading automation equipment and energy consumption displays.

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The specialty chemicals company Lanxess announced that it will focus primarily on the topics of new mobility, urbanisation and digitalisation. All in all, six of Lanxess’ eleven business units – High Performance Materials, Urethane Systems, Polymer Additives, Rhein Chemie, Inorganic Pigments and Advanced Industrial Intermediates – will be showcasing their products at K 2019. For the rubber industry Lanxess supplies a broad portfolio of pre-dispersed chemicals, processing promoters, vulcanisation and filler activators, light protection waxes, release agents, tyre marking paints and high-performance curing bladders for tyre manufacturing.

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KraussMaffei is consolidating all its business divisions (injection moulding, extrusion and reaction process technology) and its previous brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal within a single, unified brand: KraussMaffei. The company said this repositioning is in line with the “Compass” corporate strategy, which has already brought about fundamental changes with the launch of the Digital & Service Solutions (DSS) business unit. Visual evidence of the restructuring can be seen in a new corporate design throughout the company, which will be rolled out to a wider audience during K 2019.

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Arlanxeo will highlight new mobility solutions at K 2019 (Source: Arlanxeo)

The synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo announced that it will participate in its second K fair under the theme “future mobility”, as trends like electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the way of transportation in the next decade. According to the company, already today it sees new means of transportation emerging, alternative ways of mobility sharing and usage as well as new kinds of energy generation and storage, all responding to the need of a more sustainable and responsible future mobility.

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Farrel Pomini, a specialist in the research, development and manufacturing of compounding systems, will display its solutions for a broad range of applications at K 2019. The company will exhibit along with its parent company HF Mixing Group.

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Evonik announced that at K 2019 it will highlight the thermoplastic process additive Vestenamer, which allows waste rubber to be efficiently processed into a tough material used again in a variety of applications such as road construction, sports or playgrounds.

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The Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University will highlight three research projects at K 2019: Digitalisation in injection moulding, additive manufacturing, and plasma coating for particularly small parts.

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VLCH 305/400, TL 28 and ECH 8/24 extrusion heads from the family of Maillefer components (very large crosshead, longitudinal mono-layer head and multi-layer crosshead) (Source: Davis-Standard)

Davis-Standard, LLC and Maillefer will showcase a range of extrusion and converting technology at K 2019. According to Davis-Standard, its support of a circular economy in terms of sustainable processing practices, waste reduction and alternative polymer use will be at the forefront.

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Wabash MPI and Carver, Inc., manufacturers of moulding presses, announced that they are exhibiting at the 2019 International Elastomer Conference (stand 624) from 8 – 10 October 2019 in Cleveland, OH, USA. A new PNP series pneumatic press will be on display along with another press moulding rubber parts in conjunction with Desenco (mould provider) and Hexpol (material provider).

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According to Desma, it has been one of the first engineering companies to develop concrete solutions in the field of networked production – Industry 4.0. In the meantime, a variety of megatrends have added their influence. Demographic change, increasing digitisation, increasingly scarce raw materials and, last but not least, ever accelerating climate change are challenges that can be met with the right products, said the company. In order to cope with this increasing complexity, Desma has set out to become a machine building service provider that integrates into its business partners’ processes. To that end, the company has launched the initiative #desmatters. In addition to the machines, the company offers its customers a value proposition and range of services aimed at increasing their competitiveness. A crucial requirement is the maximum transparency and reproducibility of the production processes. These are created by the digital tools of the SmartConnect 4.U product family, automation and process expertise, a comprehensive service offer and the Desma eco-system for the integration of business processes, the SmartConnect 4.U platform solution. At K 2019, Desma will be creating a space on its 400 m2 stand where customers can experience the range of services the company offers.

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