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2016 | show review


K2016: more from the show


More than 230,000 people visited the K2016 trade show in Dusseldorf in October. While the plastics industry won’t return to the Dusseldorf showground for another three years (dates for the next K have been set for 16-23 October 2019), activity at the venue has not stopped. Fairground organiser Messe Dusseldorf has announced a €140m investment at the site that will see its South Entrance completely rebuilt and the replacement of the current Hall 1 and Hall 2. The South Entrance, which faces the Rhine, will get a 20m high glazed canopy that will connect to the


7,800m2


existing CCD congress centre. The new Hall 1 will occupy the space currently taken by Halls 1 and 2 and will offer 12,000m2


of floor space. It will connect to the


South Entrance via a covered bridge – appreciated if the 2019 event sees similar weather to 2016. Construction work at the showground will start in May 2017 after the Interpack show and will be com- pleted by summer 2019, according to Messe Dusseldorf. We’ll keep you informed on progress. But for now, back to this year’s event. We previewed the exhibition in our September and


October editions and took a look at some of the top news from the show in our November edition. This month we round out our coverage with some of the latest material and equipment introductions.


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In the second part of our K2016 show review we take a look at some of the new material and machinery product introductions


Material introductions Addivant used K 2016 to launch a range of new antioxidants and stabilisers aimed at specific applica- tions, including cable production, flame retardant expanded PS, and polyolefin processing. Lowinox Fast XL is a liquid antioxidant developed for


the production of medium- and high-voltage cross- linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables. Addivant says it has been developed to provide an optimal balance between scorch protection and cross-linking rates to enable cable manufacturers to increase line speeds without compromising quality or reliability. Another new Lowinox grade – XPS 162 – has been


developed for extruded polystyrene produced using polymeric flame retardants in place of HBCD, which is being phased out. Addivant says that the HBCD replacements can impact the colour of the XPS if used with existing antioxidants. Lowinox XPS 162 delivers better stabilisation, while minimising colour shifts and maintaining foamability, claims the company. Ultranox 800 is a new stabiliser aimed at polypropyl-


ene processors, particularly those incorporating high levels of regrind. The latter can negatively impact the


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