K Advisor Newsletter Articles

Unicor introduces economical corrugator

October 30, 2010

Corrugator equipment maker Unicor (Stand 16D59) has come out at the show with a model to produce medium-sized drainage and cable-ducting pipes. The UC320 is said to offer a 40% higher output (up to 25 m/min double-wall pipe) than the company’s UC250 line, which company’s managing director Klaus Kaufmann says will eventually be withdrawn from the market.

Mold-Masters introduces most new products in its history at K

October 29, 2010

Maximization of injection molding performance is what every molder is demanding, while minimizing business risk and reducing costs is critical to mold manufacturers and end users. Mold-Masters (Stand 1A39) unveiled a range of new products and services developed to help customers achieve these critical business objectives across various markets (medical, closures, consumer goods, personal care, automotive, and preforms).

Hot polyamides debut at K 2010

October 29, 2010

New engine requirements are turbocharging polyamides, one of the oldest workhorse engineering plastics. Driving the change is a theme evident in almost every stand at K 2010: sustainability.

Chemtura ready to meet fast-changing market

October 29, 2010

Officials at additives supplier Chemtura (Stand 6E24) say the company is taking the steps necessary to make it shipshape for a changing plastics supply world. Chemtura is among world leaders in supply of antioxidants, flame retardants, UV stabilizers, and catalysts for polymer production.

Additives JV signed between Songwon and Tangshan Baifu

October 29, 2010

Additives suppliers Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd. (Stand 6C79), headquartered in South Korea, and China’s Tangshan Baifu Chemical Co. Ltd. signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to manufacture and sell thioester antioxidants (AOs).

EFRA provides clarity on the role of flame retardants

October 29, 2010

On Wednesday the European Flame Retardants Assn. (EFRA; in Chemtura’s stand, 6E24) went one step further in its drive towards providing a clear and transparent view on the use of flame retardants. With the launch of two new publications at the K fair, EFRA aims to promote an open and balanced discussion on the role of flame retardants in meeting society’s challenges and expectations.

Starting a new company? Werner Wittmann shares his recipe for success

October 29, 2010

The K Show Daily spoke this week with Werner Wittmann, founder and director of auxiliary machinery manufacturer, The Wittmann Group. The Wittmann Group exhibits at K 2010 in very good heart taking its Battenfeld brand to the show for the first time; showing record monthly sales in June 2010; presenting four new injection molding machines to the industry in Hall 16 (Stand 16D22); and showcasing 11 new product releases from its robot and peripheral equipment division in Hall 10 (Stand 10A04).

Metallocene’s take on conventional polyolefins in films

October 29, 2010

Metallocene polyolefins are making a broad impact on films running at the K, giving processors new options in the construction of multilayer films. ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene family of materials, including Exceed, Enable, and Vistamaxx are spread throughout the halls of K in film applications, running in 3-, 5-, and 9-layer films being extruded at the show, as well in film-converting equipment.

More layers provide higher flexibility

October 29, 2010

The compact size of Macchi’s stand (17C20) proved to be just the right footprint to highlight the neatness of the company’s 9-layer COEX flex blown-film line. Thanks to the use of gearless drives from Siemens (10A40) on the extruders, the line offers processors with limited shopfloor area a small-footprint solution for high-tech film applications.

New compounding generation highlights Coperion booth

October 29, 2010

German compounding extruder maker Coperion, formerly Werner & Pfleiderer, (14B33) is replacing its ZSK twin-screw MEGAcompounder and MEGAcompounder PLUS lines and replacing them with a new machine said to offer 30% increase in specific torque.