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K2013 Review: Polymers Offer More Sustainable Solutions

SpecialChem / Thibaud Deleger – Nov 29, 2013

The famous world's first Plastics & Rubber Kunststoffe Trade Fair took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from October 16 - 23, 2013. And once again the K Exhibition was a true success. Among the event records one would note — 218,000 trade visitors, 3,200 exhibitors and unbelievable logistic challenges to make sure that the Fair opened on time. In only few days prior to the K opening day around 6,000 trucks moved in and out to make booths ready, with some of them shipping the biggest plastic processing machines the Polymer Industry developed for making bags, molding parts and recycling end-use parts.

Taking place every three years the K Fair is just The-Place-To-Be when working with plastics and rubbers. This, once every three years frequency, also gives time to exhibitors to develop and test their latest products and technologies. We therefore detected many innovations at the K2013, and selected those answering the megatrend for Increased Sustainability. Plastics are sometimes under the spotlight due to Health concerns or Environmental issues. The Innovations we report below prove Plastics are more than ever addressing some of the latest concerns in such a way that no other material will do.

Because Plastics are increasingly developed and manufactured with biobased Carbon content they reduce their carbon footprint. Because Plastics help increasing final part performances and reducing part weight they also directly and significantly contribute to the reduction of Global CO2 Emissions. So let's review some of the latest and most exciting Polymers innovations featured at the K2013...

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