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Europlast '90 attracts 60,000 to "La Belle Paris."


La belle Paris - beautiful Paris - was the site of Europlast 90, which has been characterized as the first meeting of plastics and rubber for the single European market. Organized by the Association for the Development of Synthetic Materials in conjunction with the Comite des Expositions de Paris, the show was held June 11-16 at the Paris-Nord Exhibition Center. Three events were combined into one single exhibition - Europlast (previously Europlastique), the international plastics exhibition, supplemented by discussions and seminars for professionals; IRC Exhibition, the international rubber exhibition; and IRC '90, the international rubber conference.

With some 60,000 professionals in attendance, the halls of the Exhibition Center were filled; 1075 exhibitors, of whom 53% were French and 47% foreign from 27 countries, were on hand. The attendance figure represented an increase of 30% over the 1986 Europlastics conference.

Among the exhibitors that displayed new products, ABB Polymer Compounds, of Sweden, introduced compounds of fluorocarbon, acrylic, and hydrated nitrile rubber, suitable for use in automotive diesel engine gaskets, O-ring applications, seals for oil coolers, and coatings for rollers.

Monsanto had a large display of rubber and material testing machines and software packages. Featured were enhanced versions of the Monsanto 2000 Series rheometers and Mooney viscometers; Moncal 10 automatic data collection system; Tensometer 10 tensile testing machine; Moncal 27 computer aided testing system; and supporting software.

Bayer AG of Leverkusen, West Germany, was represented by the French company Bayer France S.A. The exhibit featured new developments and applications for the company's engineering thermoplastics and advanced composites. Attention was focused mainly on new products, the automotive sector, business machines, and the technical backup service. Among the new products were Apec HT trial Product KU 1-9350, an amorphous, transparent thermoplastic; Durethan Rm, a new generation of nylon 6 and 66 grades featuring reduced water absorption; and Tedur, a partially crystalline thermoplastic developed for applications requiring high mechanical strength and long-term resistance to temperatures up to 240 [degree] C.

Billion S.A., of France, displayed two machines equipped with the Dixit control system, which allows all inputs to be made via a touch-sensitive screen. The new 420 ton machine incorporates all the major features of the company's technology. A 200 ton machine fitted with a mold for ski fixations was also displayed.

Hennecke, West Germany, introduced a tandem clamping unit equipped with two mold carriers with two static clamping plates. A hydraulically driven central plate carries the two mold segments and closes the molds in sequence. While metering and curing take place in the closed mold, the other mold is accessible for demolding or cleaning.

With the introduction of the RBU 225, Bekum, Germany, says it has made the PETP reheat stretch blowmolding process viable for short-term production changeovers. The machine is reported to achieve outstanding results even with the most complicated container design.

PHOTO : The statues of Ramses II in the Exhibition Center lobby served as a reminder of the role plastics played in saving the originals at Abu Simbel.

PHOTO : On display at Europlast was the "raft of the skies," a unique platform for scientists studying the canopy of tropical rain forests. Atochem.
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Author:Moss, A.J.
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Date:Aug 1, 1990
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