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event preview | Compounding World Congress


ing technologies such as 3D printing impose specific requirement on manufacturers of plastics materials and this is an area where the compounding industry could develop interesting business opportunities. The demand to develop new materials, particularly lightweight engineering materials, for markets such as automotive markets will be addressed by Manfred Bär, Head of Product Management at Akro-Plastic, who will round off the session with some thoughts on application and development trends in terms of lightweight materials. The final session of the day will look at how com-


pounders can extract the maximum value from functional fillers. In a joint presentation, Dr Johannes Krückel, Process Engineer at Leistritiz Extrusionstech- nik and Stefan Viering, R&D Engineer Polymers at LKAB Minerals, will detail a specific case study focused on the optimisation of process conditions for handling hydromagnesite huntite on twin-screw extruders. This presentation will be followed by a paper titled


Top row, from left to right: Andy Beevers, Applied Market Information; Dr Oliver Frey, Ensinger; Holger Kronimus, PolyOne; Heinrich Lingnau- Schneider, A Schulman; Dr Christof Krogmann, Kingfa Europe. Second row: Luis Roca, AIMPLAS; Péter Sebö, Quarzwerke; Dr Johannes Krückel, Leistritz; Stefan Viering, LKAB Minerals; Piergiovanni Ercoli Malacari, IMI FABI. Third row: Dr Gilles Meli, Imerys; Richard Marshall, Tenasitech; Shilpa Khare, Fraunhofer Institute; Michael Sommer, Gustav Grolman; Germán Perez, Fundació Eurecrat. Fourth row: Corrado Moneta, ICMA San Giorgio; Carl Philip Poepel, KraussMaffei Berstorff; Frank Lechner, Coperion; Michael Eloo, GALA Kunststoff


China’. Based in Guangzhou, Kingfa is China’s largest compounder and the company opened plants in both North America and Europe during 2016. From China, the focus will turn on India with a presentation by Shanmugam Srinivasan, Managing Director at Xmold Polymers. He will review the current status of the Indian compounding industry and identify the opportunities that may arise in the future. For the third session, the focus will be brought back


to Europe with a series of papers exploring new opportunities for compounders in terms of materials and technologies. The session will be opened by Luis Roca, who is Head of the Compounding Department at the Spanish technical institute AIMPLAS. He will discuss how the compounding industry could benefit from the distributed digital communication capabilities presented by Industry 4.0 – sometimes referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. Péter Sebö, Market Development Manager at


Quarzwerke Group, will follow this with a paper ‘Developing new functional filler based masterbatches to meet the challenges of 3D printing’. New and develop-


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‘Improving the flowability of talc for more effective compounding’, which will be given by Piergiovanni Ercoli Malacari, an engineer working in Product and Application Development at IMI FABI. The day will be brought to a close by Dr Gilles Meli, Technical Market Manager Polymers at Imerys, who will share his perspective and experience on the use of functional fillers to enhance polymer properties in automotive applications with a specific focus on light weight, and reduction of odour and VOC emissions. The final day of the conference opens with a session


covering new and emerging options for improving compound properties and enhancing product value. Richard Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at Tenasitech will open the session with his analysis of the latest innovations in anti-scratch additives for engineering plastics, highlighting the benefits it has been able to attain in polyamide compounds. Shilpa Khare, Research Engineer (Team Leader) at


the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability, will help explain and advance understanding of the structure/property relationship of grafting polypropylene with maleic anhydride via reactive compounding. Then Michael Sommer, Business Development Manager Plastics for Gustav Grolman, will deliver a presentation titled ‘Graphene – a multifunctional material to enhance mechanical and barrier properties, electrical and thermal conductivity and EMI shielding in polymers’. The second session of the day focuses on optimising


production and will be opened by Germán Perez, who is a Technical Researcher at Fundació Eurecrat. His paper is titled ‘Improving filler dispersion in thermoplastic compounds by ultrasound systems in melt extrusion’.


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