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05 Industry news The latest compounding industry news including international acquisitions and alliances, plus new investments and plant openings.


13 Coupling agents make new connections Coupling agents and compatibilizers are fi nding new roles in composites and blends that are fulfi lling emerging applications. Pat Toensmeier reports.


23 Pelletizing systems: cutting edge technology Mikell Knights speaks with leading suppliers of pelletizers to fi nd out about how their latest product developments meet changing market demands.


37 Blowing up: advances in additives for foaming Jennifer Markarian examines the latest innovations in additive and masterbatch technologies for foamed plastics applications.


45 Optimising foamed polyolefi n formulations John Krist and Emanuel van der Ven of Sabic describe the optimisation of PE foam formulations using DOE plus validation on production lines.


57 New products: additives 60 Compounder of the month: IPC 62 Dates for your diary


coming next issue  Thermally-conductive compounds  Materials handling systems  Additives for polyolefi ns


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