Fresia Alvarado from Wageningen Food and Biobased Research will cover the use of in-line rheology in development of starch-based mixtures. Staying in the area of sustainability, the analysis

of recycled plastics will be another major theme of the conference. Ole Jan Myhre from Norner will present on quality analysis and improvement strategies for recycled material, while Michael Soll from Frontier Lab will look at analysis of recycled materials, covering polymers, additives and RoHS relevant contaminants. The sensor-based polymer identification of PET flakes will be addressed by Michael Perl of Sesotec. A number of speakers at the Polymer Testing

Speakers at the Polymer Testing World Expo conference include (clockwise from top left): Christoph Zekorn, Head of Microscopy at the IKV Centre for Analysis and Testing of Plastics; Wilma Hahn, Project Manager at SKZ; Kim Bini, Laboratory Manager at Elastocon; Jessica Wiertz, Applications Manager at Brabender; Fresia Alvarado, Sustainable Plastics Researcher at Wageninger Food and Biobased Research; and Ole Jan Myhre, Market Manager at Norner

stress relaxation and lifetime estimation of rubber. Quality control testing will be another major

focus of the Polymer Testing World Expo confer- ence programme. Testing of plastics according to specific ASTM and ISO standards will be addressed by Georg Font from Schütz + Licht, while the use of optical inspection and measurement techniques for polymer quality control will be detailed by Oliver Hissmann and Oliver Kraushaar from OCS Optical Control Systems. Gilad Roter from Inspection Technologies will explain an innovative solution for in-line sorting of pellets and Aimplas will cover combined analytical techniques for analysis of foreign particles and defects in plastic parts and films. Two presentations will cover some of the most

recent developments in polymer characterisation. Alexander Sagidullin from Oxford Instruments will focus on advances in bench-top NMR instruments, while Marco Grundler from ZBT will examine methods for the characterisation of compounds with high thermal and electrical conductivities. Testing of biobased materials is another topical subject being addressed. Jessica Wiertz and Matthias Mayser from Brabender will be looking at product and process development of biobased polymers using lab-scale extrusion systems, while


World Expo will discuss the testing of specific materials for particular applications. For example, Amir Khamsehnezhad from TWI will present a paper covering improved specimen geometries for evaluating the performance of butt-fusion joints in PE pipes. Moritz Grünewald of SKZ will explore the latest research into oil-filled microcapsules for self-lubricat- ing plastics, while Kees van Leerdam from Nouryon Chemicals will focus on polymer film structures. To download the full conference programme for

the Polymer Testing World Expo, plus details of the speakers in the additional conference theatres focused on plastics compounding, recycling and extrusion, please click here.

Exhibitor line-up Exhibitors at Messe Essen will include suppliers of a wide variety of materials testing and analysis products. Examples include Aboni, Brabender, Dynisco, Fontijne Presses, Frontier Lab, Konica Minolta, Lauda Scientific, Nouryon, OCS Service, Oxford Instruments, PSL Rheotek, Richard Hess MBV and Schütz + Licht. In addition, a number of Europe’s leading research and testing organisations have booked stands at the expos and will be available to discuss their capabili- ties and projects. These include IKV/RWTH Aachen, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid, London South Bank University, Norner, SKZ and TNO. Several exhibitors will also be highlighting lab-scale processing equipment, such as extruders and compounding lines. These include Collin Lab & Pilot Solutions, Eurotech Extrusion Machinery and Labtech. You can view the full list of the 200-plus exhibi- tors at the Essen expos here.

Register for your free ticket To register for your free ticket to the Polymer Testing World Expo, which will also give you access to the other three expos and all five conference theatres, please visit:

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