WPC with 20 % annual growth

image[3]Plastics with natural fiber additives are booming worldwide. Decking profiles in WPC now have annual growth rates of around 20 percent and are among the biggest expansion segments in the plastics industry. The decisive factors apart from sustainability (due to the high proportion of renewable raw materials) are above all the technical advantages this material offers. The construction industry in particular is finding constant new applications for it. Gruber Extrusion (Pettenbach, Austria) claims to be the leader in the development of new and innovative products in this field.

WPC/BPC solutions

“We are expecting to see even further growth for WPC products soon. The incredible diversity and extension of the product range – such as the innovative housing systems or wall paneling – give this material enormous potential”, Richard Füsslberger, CEO of Gruber Extrusion said. The Upper Austrian extrusion experts see themselves primarily as contact partners for new WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) / BPC (Bio Plastic Composite) solutions. The so-called “biobased materials” (natural fiber composite materials) are ever-more important in a wide range of industries and not only because of their resource-saving sustainability. The decisive factor is above all in the technical advantages these materials offer. The modern and environmentally friendly material is – depending on the formula – tougher and longer-lasting than wood.  The product properties – no pre-treatment or painting needed, slip resistant, splinter and crack free, easy to care for – mean WPC products are predestined to take over outdoor tasks. Additional advantages compared with timber include much lower lifetime costs and the possibility for using recycled materials in WPC products. Continuous further development such as the combination of in-line process foamed WPC profiles, down to the use of WPC for pencils is bringing constant expansion to the range of applications.

WPC conference

AMI’s Wood Plastics Composites 2011 conference will will take place from 8-10 November in Vienna, Austria. The programme will open with a presentation from Ronald Kaplan, CEO of  Trex Company followed by Bénédicte Jezequel, Executive Vice president of SILVADEC. There will also be a market outlook given by AMI expert Jon Nash.
The technology session will include presentations from headline sponsors battenfeld-cincinnati Austria GmbH, Coperion GmbH, and Milacron. Other presentations will cover the latest in material developments with papers from Americhem, Impact Solutions, Asta Eder Composites, Solvin, Nextek Ltd, Clusterland Oberoesterreich GmbH, Q-Lab Corporation, Beologic and WPC Corpotration.
The conference is expected to attract over 250 delegates from more than 30 countries and will be accompanied by an extensive table top exhibition enabling delegates to find out about all the latest technical developments for wood plastic composites. The event also includes a practical demonstration at the battenfeld-cincinnati premises (headline sponsors of the event) where delegates can get hands on experience of the technology and the products.
For further information visit  AMI’s website or contact Maud Lassara, Senior Conference Organiser.

Twin Screw Side Degassing

image Coperion (Stuttgart, Germany) has made a number of improvements to its ZS-EG side degassing units: The screw set has been optimised, the standard models of the ZS-EG are designed for an absolute vacuum of up to 50 mbar, lower degassing pressure upon request. Moreover the ZS-EG standard units are equipped with a variable speed screw drive.

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Plastics industry expects the upturn in the construction sector

Few customer industries have been hit as heavily by the 2009 economic crisis as the construction sector. Sales of pipes, profiles and boards have fallen dramatically. Not only manufacturers of semi-finished products, but also plastics processers and machine manufacturers have experienced a significant drop in business. By the time of K 2010, the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics industry taking place in Düsseldorf from 27 October to 3 November, manufacturers of pipes, profiles, boards and insulating materials are hoping for a revival of business.

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