MATERIALS / NEWS.
An event dedicated to highlighting the UK's excellence in materials research and innovation is due to take place in London this spring.
The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase (MRE2018), organised by Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK will take place at the Business Design Centre, London on 12-13 March, 2018.
The event will showcase the importance of advanced materials, such as graphene and polymers, as one of the technologies for future growth of the UK economy. It will demonstrate the groundbreaking new materials and processes to industry to accelerate the process of taking these through to commercialisation.
The two-day event will provide an opportunity to absorb current trends and take a glimpse of future innovations through both a highlevel conference programme, an exhibition and networking.
Confirmed speakers across the two-day programme include engaging talks from investors, innovators and experts such as Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive of Innovate UK; Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC and Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy of UK Research & Innovation.
ABS MATERIALS FROM ELIX POLYMERS NOW AVAILABLE FROM K.D. FEDDERSEN
K.D. Feddersen's UK office is now supplying ABS materials from Spain-based Elix polymers.
The Rugeley-based distributor will now offer UK and Irish customers established ABS materials from Elix, as well as new products including a new generation of high-heat materials that are said to demonstrate improved flow properties and significantly lower emissions than previous types.
"Our cooperation with Elix follows our strategy of offering our customers engineering product solutions of excellent quality for the widest range of segments and requirements", commented Wolfgang Wieth, Director of Business Development at K.D. Feddersen's German office.
The materials types ABS HH 3105, HH 3110 and HH 3114 all meet numerous automotive standards, says K.D. Feddersen, as well as the exacting requirements of VDA 277 (Determination of the emissions of organic compounds) and 278 (Thermal desorption analysis of organic emissions).
In addition, K.D. Feddersen will distribute new Elix ABS electroplatable grades that are said to have higher temperature resistance and lower emissions than the other electroplatingcompatible materials on the market. Elix ABS HH P2MC has a Vicat Softening Temperature (VST/B120) of 105[degrees]C. Elix ABS Ultra HH 4115 PG, an ABS modified with PC, was designed for applications requiring higher temperature resistance and impact strength resistance. Both types ensure a high-quality surface, which results in a lower percentage of rejects during further processing.
Ramon Maestro, Business Manager ABS at Elix Polymers, said: "In K.D. Feddersen we have a strategic sales partner for our ABS products who will significantly strengthen our sales activities in Central and Northern Europe in all segments, including the automotive, electrical/electronics, construction and furniture industries, as well as in the field of sport and leisure."
The distribution agreement will also see the products available throughout Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
PLASFILMS ADDS UNIQUE AND RECYCLABLE SHRINK FILM TO PORTFOLIO
Leicestershire-based films and distribution business, Plasfilms, has introduced polypropylene heat shrinkable film (HSF) from Taghleef Industries (Ti) into its growing portfolio.
As an official distributor of Ti products in the UK, Plasfilms are currently the only distributor to supply a specific film for HSF applications.
The low-density polyolefin polymers make the HSF an ultra-clear, floatable film that minimises the impact on PET recycling systems and reduces the weight of a label.
Plasfilms says the product has exceptional shrink curve, in transverse direction (TD), and guarantees up to 65 percent shrinkage, thereby offering the potential for 360-degree label designs. Its low shrink force also enables the labelling of empty and thin containers and avoids the risk of squeezing.