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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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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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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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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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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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The sealing specialist A. Pellen Sealing Technology will present latest developments of its range of TPE, silicone, and PVC sealings at K 2019. The family-owned company will be exhibiting at the stand of kunststoffland.nrw, a special area dedicated to companies based in North Rhine Westfalia in Germany. The company has developed a new TPE seal, which is produced by extrusion and is intended for the packaging and drum lid industry.

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Kraiburg TPE at K 2019, hall 6, stand C58-04 at “Rubber Street” and E22 (Ideas Factory) Kraiburg TPE will present itself as competence leader in the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) market at the K 2019. The TPE manufacturer will address major challenges and trends the growing TPE business is facing.

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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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As a leading distributor and compounder of technical thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers, the Hamburg-based company Albis Plastic will be showcasing products and exhibits by long-term partners like BASF, Covestro, Ineos Styrolution, Lanxess, LyondellBasell, Eastman and Solvay, as well as its own collection of complimentary Albis branded products.

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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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