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show preview K2013: The countdown continues

Little more than one month now before Messe Dusseldorf opens the doors for K2013 – the world’s most important trade show for the plastics industry. More than 220,000 visitors will wind their way through the 19 halls and meet up with their selection from the 3,000 or so exhibitors spread over 160,000m2

of stand space. Many of those attendees will have one

or more K shows under their belt. But for many more this will be the first visit. For those in the latter category, the advice has to be to plan your visit. Make no mistake, this is a big and busy event and simply walking the aisles is not the way to ensure you get the most from it.

PolyOne shows TPEs and colour

Hall 8a/J13 Specialist polymer materi- als group PolyOne will be showing the latest introduc- tions from its GLS Thermo- plastics Elastomers division, including the Versaflex HC range of TPEs for production of medical stoppers and septums. The new injection moulding grades are said to exhibit good self-sealing and are resistant to needle coring. They are claimed to offer enhanced purity and more simple production. l The show will also present the first opportunity for PolyOne customers to explore the company’s recently launched InVisio colour and design service. ❙ Last month’s edition of Injection World

carried a special feature explaining where you could get all the information and assistance needed to plan your visit – eve- rything from accommodation and travel to food and nightlife. You can read the feature here: Injection World will also be at show and we will posting news from the Dusseldorf

fairground as it happens on our Twitter feed @Plasticsworld. You can find out more about our magazine on the AMI Magazines stand in the main entrance (EN03). And our parent company Applied Market Information will exhibit in Hall 7.0 on stand C11, where you can view and purchase our latest industry directories, market reports and technical books.

Use the following links to go direct to the information you need: K2013 Interactive Floor plan: K2013 Company Search: K2013 Online Ticket Purchase: K2013 iPhone App: K2013 Android App: K2013 Hotel Booking: Dusseldorf Travel Guide:

FAST FACTS Dates: 16-23 October 2013

Venue: Dusseldorf Fairground, Dusseldorf, Germany

Hours: 10:00 to 18:30 daily

Organiser: Messe Düsseldorf Website:

DuPont provides lighter options

Hall 6/C43 DuPont turns the spotlight on lightweighting. With a particular focus on the automotive industry, it will show a number of applications, including an injection moulded PA truck oil pan and a shock absorber bumper in Hytrel TPE. Working together with ErlingKlinger, DuPont

developed the injection moulded oil pan component for Mercedes Benz using a lubricated and heat-stabilised grade of Zytel PA. The component weighs 50%

less than the previous aluminium part and has been shown in development testing to withstand the typical 1.5m km lifetime expected for a modern truck or bus engine.

Mercedes truck oil pan in Zytel PA

In addition to the weight saving, switching to an injection moulded plastic design allows parts such as oil pick-up pipes and fluid level sensors to be more easily incorporated. ErlingKlinger is producing two oil pans: the 4-cylinder engine version weighs 4.5kg and the 6-cylin- der version 6.3kg. l Meanwhile, Fiat’s Punto model is using DuPont’s Hytrel TPE for production of jounce bumpers – flexible bumpers that fit to the shock absorbers to prevent full compression of the metal spring when the vehicle hits an extreme bump or pothole. The switch from traditional

rubber to Hytrel allows performance to be maintained while eliminating the need for secondary saturation cups and rings. ❙

September 2013 | INJECTION WORLD 55

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