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IKO Polymeric: Innovative solution for energy-efficient production of flexible PVC
This article by Alois Billigen, Division Manager Marketing/ Documentation of AZO GmbH + Co. KG, is a case study of systems installed by IKO Polymeric for the production of flexible PVC for roofing membranes. IKO Group is a global manufacturer of high-grade roofing systems. Its subsidiary...
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Building Materials: Standing up to the rigours of time
Infrastructure around the world is being given an injection of innovation with fibre-reinforced (FRP) concrete precast panels allowing India to speed up its construction sector; the first modular GFRP bridge in the UK presenting a lightweight alternative and Hobbit-like homes as well as homes made from plastic waste for an...
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Technologies to create better packaging
Technology is taking food safety to the next level by enhancing the protective function of flexible packaging, says Angelica Buan in this report. Food safety – a growing concern in Asia According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 2 million people/ year, mostly children, are stricken with foodborne illnesses. Low and middle-income...
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Raw materials handling specialist AZO’s systems installations for UK-based IKO Polymeric’s flexible PVC plant in Chesterfield

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green-rubber Green Rubber: New biorubber tyres with a greener footprint

R&D efforts and partnerships are keeping pace with the clamour for renewable-sourced rubber for tyres, says Angelica Buan in this report. From guayule to soy beans. Increasing environmental and energy concerns are prompting tyre makers to partner with materials science experts in discovering the alchemy of biobased rubber alternatives. Perhaps the most prominent and much anticipated green rubber breakthrough is that of the...
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glass-microballoons-in-HDPE Automotive: New material innovations to spur lighter cars

Fuel economy is the cornerstone of the current trend for lightweight cars, and emerging material technologies, such as cellulose nanofibres, ligninbased resins, lightweight composites and heat dissipating polymers, are enabling this trend, says Angelica Buan in this report. The plexiglas body of Ford’s Pontiac in the 1940s has turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy more than 70 years later. Today, plastics are becoming an...
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