K 2013 will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, between 16 and 23 October. Top companies in the plastics and rubber industry will be fighting for visitors’ attention, showcasing their new innovations during the International Trade Fair. We have prepared a preview of new products and technologies to be launched at K Show, focusing on the materials and additives category.
It’s no secret that performance, economy and sustainability currently drive all materials and additives developments in the field of plastics. K 2013, the biggest international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, will present a broad range of engineered plastics materials, including thermoplastic composites, in addition to additives. Companies are lining up their innovations in these departments, with wide uses for automotive and electronic applications, as well as medical, packaging and construction. Let’s take a peek at what companies have in store for this year’s K Show:
BASF Engineering Plastics will present new nylons for automotive, industrial machinery, and furniture. BASF also has a new portfolio of special Ultramid nylons for furniture; Ultramid SI grades reportedly provide a high-quality surface appearance.
DuPont Performance Polymers will launch a halogen-free, flame-retardant, 25% glass-reinforced nylon 66 that boasts enhanced thermal aging for electrical/electronic (E/E) applications, such as insulating elements and housings for circuit breakers, contactors, transformers, and motors.
DSM Engineering Plastics will launch new Stanyl ForTii T11, a grade of its unique high-temperature nylon 4T that delivers halogen-free, UL 94V-0 flame retardant capabilities, plus outstanding thermal and mechanical performance. DSM will also present what is reportedly the first highly hydrolysis-resistant, high-performance PET engineering compound: Arnite A-XO7455.
Metabolix, known for developing biopolymers as performance additives, will be showcasing I6003rp and I6001 PVC modifiers, as well as additional biobased master batch and bio-composite resin products. I6003rp is an effective biobased polymeric additive for improving recycled PVC value and increasing its reuse in PVC compounds. It improves tensile toughness and tear resistance and provides plastification, while not compromising clarity or UV stability.
Perstorp will launch its new Capa Thermoplastic caprolactone products for use as additives for bioplastics. Capa for bioplastics can be used as a mechanical property enhancer for renewable based biopolymers, as well as a processing aid. It is a polymer with excellent tear properties and good low temperature performance. Capa is a certified compostable polymer and provides fast biodegradability.
Also, new flame retardants will be featured by at least three firms: Clariant Polymer Additives, Perstorp and Great Lakes Solutions. BASF Polyurethanes will unveil a unique addition to its Elastollan TPU product range: an antistatic TPU additive, available as a pellet masterbatch. Huntsman will feature its new Altiris infrared-reflecting, TiO2-based pigments which minimize solar heating and are ideal for outdoor products such as PVC exterior building components.
This is just a glimpse at what will be unveiled at K 2013. Many companies are still keeping their big innovations under wraps, so there will be many surprises to follow between the 16th and the 23rd of October in Dusseldorf, Germany, where more than 200,000 visitors are expected. If you’re a plastics professional, make sure you are one of them.