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At the beginning of 2010, the Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH, Farrel Corporation, and Pomini Rubber & Plastics Srl have come together as HF Mixing Group.

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Haitian International will exhibit its broad injection moulding machines portfolio, including the Mars series, the new Mars Eco, the two-platen series Jupiter, the new and energy saving Pallas, the all-electric Zhafir Venus series, and starting with the K show the Zhafir Mercury series for the high-end sector.

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Gneuß Kunststofftechnik GmbH from Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, will present an expanded product range at this year’s K show in Düsseldorf. For the second time after its debut at the K 2007, the company will highlight the MRS extruder for the processing of PET post consumer flakes without pre-drying.

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Under the motto “Innovation à la carte”, Ferromatik Milacron will present its new ‘house speciality’ the F-Series. Starting in 2011, the F-Series will gradually replace the existing Ferromatik Milacron series, including the all-electric machines Elektra, hydraulic machines K-Tec, and hybrid machines Vitesse.

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Elmet will present itself as a system supplier in the field of liquid injection moulding of two-component liquid silicone rubber. The company’s range of products extends from fully automatic injection moulds, through multi-component metering systems and electronically adjustable valve gate cold decks to peripheral products.

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Ticona will present new products and applications at K 2010 in Düsseldorf under the banner “Count on us”. One of the highlights is the concept car from Rinspeed known as “UC?”. In this electric car designed for use in the city, Celstran tapes are used to reinforce the battery carrier and the trunk, providing stability and light weight that the drive system and the vehicle require.

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The Italian company Comerio Ercole will present technical innovations in the rubber calendering process. Two new developments will be introduced: the first is a new and patented FH-1 system that allows complete hydraulic positioning of the movable rolls of a calender, and the second one is an automatic winding system of the rubberised product.

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At this year’s K show, Rio Tinto Minerals will highlight the advantages of its microcrystalline and high aspect ratio talcs for polymers. The company’s new HAR talcs are reinforcing agents for PP automotive parts, providing stiffness and resistance to distortion at higher temperatures. This way PP parts can be made thinner contributing to lighter and more energy-efficient cars. HAR talcs also reduce shrinkage and expansion. They are ideal for bumpers, dashboards, door pillars, and interior and exterior trim.

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The Japanese company Kuraray produces an extensive range of resins, chemicals, and fibres and is one of the most important PVA/PVB suppliers worldwide. Of special interest for the elastomer industry are the functionalised liquid rubbers (see p. 238), acting as plasticisers or adhesion promotors.

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The German TPE compounder Kraiburg TPE is one of the exhibitors at Rubber Street: One highlight at the stand will be the high-temperature TPE compound Hipex. It shows especially high heat and oil resistance.

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