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contents 05 News


17 Cologne hosts Compounding World Congress The third Compounding World Congress takes place in Cologne in Germany on 24-26 April. We preview the expert presentations that will be given at Europe’s leading technical compounding event.


23 Additives lift PA to new levels Polyamide is already one of the most versatile engineering polymers but new additive introductions are extending its potential even further. Peter Mapleston reports on the latest developments.


35 Keeping bulk materials flowing Higher precision, coupled with advances in metering and drying technology, are among the latest options for handling material in the compounding plant, writes Mark Holmes.


45 Taking the heat off plastics Today’s more compact and more powerful electronics place new demands on plastics in terms of thermal management. Peter Mapleston looks at some of the additives available to enhance thermal conductivity.


61 Event preview: Polymer Testing & Analysis 2017


65 Lasers make their mark Additive technologies are improving the quality and efficiency of laser marking and welding of plastics. Mark Holmes finds out more.


74 Event preview: Plastics Regulations 2017 84 Diary


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