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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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ExxonMobil has introduced Rethink Recycle with Vistamaxx polymers ― a proven, cost-effective solution that is said to allow increased recycled content utilisation for high-value applications ― at its K 2019 pavilion (FG10.1). Vistamaxx polymers act like a compatibiliser between polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in recycled content streams, enabling it to improve the properties of recycled content containing products.

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The Sprayfoam Show 2020 Convention & Expo of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) will be held on 11 – 14 February 2020 in Pasadena, CA, USA. On 13 February 2020, SPFA will host the Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon as part of event.

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At K 2019, Covestro will be presenting the prototype for a new application of materials for additive manufacturing: 3D-printed orthopedic insoles for shoes. They are efficiently produced using an automated and completely digitalised process that generates almost no waste. The part in question is in the form of a 3D file that can be sent anywhere in the world. On site, a printer uses this data to produce the physical product – regardless of whether only a single individualised sole or millions of soles have to be produced.

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For the first time, Henkel and Sonderhoff are presenting their filter manufacturing products on a joint stand at Filtech 2019 (halle 11.2, stand L1). Henkel offers a wide range of adhesives and sealants as well as products for surface treatment. The Sonderhoff Group, which has been part of Henkel since 2017, is manufacturer of two-component foam gaskets, adhesives and potting compounds as well as mixing and dosing systems. This way, users can benefit from customised solutions for the entire filter production process from a single source.

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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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Cannon thermoformer (Source: Cannon)

Cannon is present at K 2019 in two exhibition areas. In hall 13, stand B76 is dedicated to the polyurethane and composite technologies, while in the external structure OA11/11.2 – facing the entrance of hall 11 – new thermoforming developments are highlighted.

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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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Hexpol TPE launches a new TPE family with recycled content at K 2019 (Source: Hexpol TPE)

Hexpol TPE announced that they will present their offering at K 2019 under the banner “Soft / Safe / Sustainable”. Among the highlights will be the launch of a family of TPE with recycled content. Hexpol TPE will market the new TPE family under the name Dryflex Circular.

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With Vestamid e²X, Evonik has developed a new generation of thermoplastic elastomers. (Source: Evonik)

Evonik announced that it will be celebrating 40 years of PEBA at K 2019. The high point of this product anniversary will be the launch of a new generation of thermoplastic elastomers under the brand name Vestamid e²X.

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At the K 2019, digital manufacturing company Carbon will debut a resin called RPU 130. With an unprecedented combination of properties, the material is said to fill the need for a tough, rigid, and high temperature additive manufacturing material suitable for rigorous applications in industries such as automotive. According to the manufacturer, RPU 130 is also partially derived from plants, addressing the growing demand for more sustainable materials.

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