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Innovative compounding tasks

Innovative compounding tasks

News 28.01.2019
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"Innovative compounding tasks – Challenges, prospects, solutions" is the title of an upcoming symposium being organised by the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University on 26-27 March, 2019. The presentations from industry and research will focus on the topics of polymers, fillers, additives, process engineering and application. The symposium will be chaired by Dr.-Ing. Edgar von Gellhorn from Compounds AG in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.

In the compounding of plastics, the material characteristics and thus the subsequent properties of the finished part are adjusted to meet the relevant requirements by adding fillers and additives. The compounding is therefore the central part of the process chain in plastics processing and also the starting point for innovative products and applications.

In addition to contributions from research, presentations from raw material and filler manufacturers, plant construction specialists, compounders and plastics processors will offer a deep insight into current developments in this branch of industry.

The compounding is also the starting point for plastics recycling. The plastics industry is permanently under pressure to develop efficient, economical and ecological recycling technologies. The symposium constitutes an ideal platform for this. Six of the nineteen papers deal with the topic of recycling. PlasticsEurope will contribute to the subject with a paper on "Plastics and the Circular Economy".

The program will be rounded off by a visit to IKV's extrusion and rubber technology laboratories. A conference dinner will offer plenty of opportunity for technical discussions and for networking. IKV warmly invites anyone interested to attend this two-day symposium in Aachen.

About IKV

IKV - the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, is Europe-wide the leading research and education institute engaged in the field of plastics processing enjoying outstanding reputation. More than 300 staff are employed in finding solutions to problems connected with processing, materials technology and part design in the plastics and rubber industries. IKV's close contacts with industry and science, together with its outstanding facilities, enable cutting-edge research in plastics technology and ensure that students benefit from a comprehensive, practically oriented course of study. Plastics engineering graduates from IKV are thus sought-after experts in industry. In organisational terms, IKV is divided up into the four specialist departments of Injection Moulding, Extrusion and Rubber Technology, Part Design and Materials Technology, and Composites and Polyurethane Technology. The institute also takes in the Centre for Analysis and Testing of Plastics, and the Training and Further Education department. IKV is run by an Association of Sponsors, which currently has a membership of about 300 plastics companies from all over the world.

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