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K 2019 Slideshow: New Resins, New Applications in Materials

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Ascend, Borealis, Borouge, Braskem, Dow, ExxonMobil, Nova, SABIC, and Solvay came to Düsseldorf with new applications, including pouches, shrink film, cable ties, flip tops, all-plastic bikes, as well as new materials.

The circular economy loomed large over all of K 2019, as material companies showed new ways to reuse old materials; they also showed off new applications for new materials. 


  • Foaming Expands Possibilities for Wood-Fiber Composites

    Over a dozen processors already foam wood-fiber composites and an equal number are experimenting with it. Foaming with wood cuts resin cost and weight in half and brings design advantages. But it also requires particular know-how in materials formulation and extrusion hardware.

  • Get a Stake in PVC Fencing

    PVC fence markets are posting rapid gains, prompting profile extruders to install new machines by the dozens and convert existing plants from pipe and siding production. New players are jumping in, too including makers of wood-filled composites.

  • Wood-Plastics Composites Done Right

    Mixing and extruding wood fiber in a plastic matrix is technically demanding. It requires careful attention to formulation, drying, and extrusion temperatures