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15 K2016 sets new attendance record Visitor numbers for K2016 set a new record at 230,000, underpinning its place as the world’s number plastics one event. We highlight some of the top news stories for compounders.


25 The greening of carbon black Whether through management of PAHs, reduction of manufacturing energy content, or identification of alternative feedstocks, carbon black producers are focusing attention on cleaner and more sustainable products. Peter Mapleston reports.


39 Tackling friction with graphite Analysis of the lubricating and wear performance of graphite-loaded PS compounds shows that thermal conductivity and structure play an important part in tribological modification. Raffaele Gilardi explains more.


45 Developments in coupling agents New coupling agent introductions promise to improve adhesion and dispersion of reinforcing fibres and filler particles in polymer matrices. Jennifer Markarian reviews the latest introductions.


55 Automating the mixing process The latest developments in batch mixing were on display at K2016, including a novel robotic container mixing system claimed to cut downtime and lift production efficiency. Peter Mapleston explores the new introductions.


65 A meeting of conductive minds Attendees at Applied Market Information’s first North American Conductive Plastics conference heard a series of expert speakers present the latest developments in electrically and thermally conductive polymer technologies.


77 Compounding World Forum: exhibition preview The fourth Compounding World Forum takes place in Philadelphia in the US on 13-14 December. We take a look at the companies that will be exhibiting at the largest industry conference for the North American compounding sector.


90 Diary


coming next issue ❙ Flame retardants ❙ Laboratory compounders ❙ Anti-counterfeiting technologies ❙ K2016 review


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