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K2010: High Performance Biopolymers Review

SpecialChem / Nov 24, 2010

The K 2010 Trade Show was once again THE Plastics & Rubbers Trade Fair. Although the total number of visitors was over 220.000, meaning a 9% drop in numbers compared to that in the previous K Fair in 2007, there were many companies exhibiting their products and innovations. By reviewing all the announcements made on materials (plastics and elastomers) the Omnexus Editorial Team detected three major areas where companies were particularly dynamic:

  • High performance biopolymers
  • Extended polymer performances
  • Expanding material offer into niche technologies and fast growing markets
There is no doubt the K2010 was strongly focusing on the bio trend. While walking through the exhibitor alleys it was rather rare not to see a green covered brochure or banner or even a green booth! Addressing the higher environmental considerations from the market exhibitors were showing their products and technologies through a environmentally perspective: reducing energy consumption in processing plastics not only means reduced costs but lower CO2 emissions too; replacing oil-based Carbon content materials with plant derived Carbon based materials is also lowering CO2 emissions; increasing part life time is not only reducing maintenance costs, it also reduces raw material consumption and environmental footprint. When looking at new material launches or product line extensions there were already too many announcements. But combining reduced environmental footprint with high performances and demanding applications is another story...

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