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5 News


Global industry news including BASF breaking ground on its $10bn Chinese verbund, Ineos working with Viridor on recycling, Coperion owner Hillenbrand secures Milacron, visitor registration opens for European compounding show, US machinery sales down in third quarter.


15 Mixing it up in the lab Laboratory extruders are an essential element in modern compound development, saving material and production line time. We look at the latest innovations.


25 Aiming for better flame performance More sustainable chemistries and improved performance at lower addition levels are the main development focus for the flame retardants industry. We find out more.


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35 Graphene: one to watch? The use of graphene in polymer compounds is in its very early stages but suppliers are confident that new technical and production developments make this a material to watch.


45 Taking on the weather Accelerated weathering tests can provide vital data in the development of plastics for outdoor applications but the need for real world validation remains a priority.


53 K2019: wrapping up the big show K2019 saw a greater participation from foreign visitors and an unmistakeable focus on sustainability. We report on some of the key introductions for compounders.


70 Diary


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