June 2013 issue:
• Extenders & Fillers
• Colour Technology
• European Adhesives & Sealants
• Directory of suppliers and distributors, Middle East and North Africa
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Coatings For Africa 201321 May 2013 - 23 May 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa - Gallagher Convention Centre
From May 21-23, 2013, the Coatings for Africa 2013 Symposium will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Organised jointly by SAPMA (south African Paint Manufacturers Association) and OCCA (Oil and Colour Chemists Association).
AWA Shrink Label Seminar11 Jun 2013 - 12 Jun 2013
Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - Flint Group
Powder Coating Summit18 Jun 2013 - 19 Jun 2013
Columbus, Ohio, USA - The Westin Columbus
Latin American Coatings Show 201317 Jul 2013 - 18 Jul 2013
Mexico - World Trade Centre
Polyolefin Additives 201310 Sep 2013 - 12 Sep 2013
Düsseldorf, Germany - Hotel Nikko
The global markets for polyolefins are undergoing radical changes in balance as the advent of shale gas is moving production towards North America. The AMI leading expert in polyolefins, Noru Tsalic, has reviewed the market trends and the effects on the whole supply chain. He spoke on this subject at the annual industry forum, Polyolefin Additives in Germany and is scheduled to review the latest data in September 2013 in Dusseldorf.
Demands from end users are pushing the polyolefin industry to innovate and produce compounds that show better performance and offer more functions, and move towards greater sustainability. This is a challenge that is leading to increased cooperation between top scientists and business to fund research.
Packaging applications like film and rigid plastics containers are looking for active and intelligent materials to preserve the quality of fresh and processed food, whilst offering recycling options to meet environmental targets. The Fraunhofer IVV is developing active packaging options. Top polyolefin companies are also considering building in degradability for short-term packaging with the CNEP in France working alongside Basell Polyolefine Italia and Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy on degradable materials. Meanwhile Borealis and Lucobit are studying compounding of recycled polyolefins.
The clear properties of polypropylene are highly prized in product presentation. From Japan, Rika and Adeka are innovating in the area of clarifiers and nucleating agents.
At the opposite end of the scale, the construction industry demands long-term durability whatever the weather. This is advancing stabilisers, flame retardants and reinforced plastics. There are failure issues to be addressed in this sector. Some polyethylene pipes have been susceptible to damage from chlorinated water so this has been studied by the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, looking at degradation and antioxidant consumption. The Fraunhofer LBF has developed microscopic techniques to look at additive distribution after compounding and processing, like phenolic antioxidants in a pipe wall.
As prevention is better than cure, the stabiliser options for construction and other long-term applications can be tailored to performance requirements. Expert companies such as Songwon International (now with Thomas Schmutz as the newly appointed Director Global Technical Service), Cytec Industries and Chemtura supply into this market. Flame retardants are critical in construction: Kabelwerk Eupen has reviewed the use of nanocomposites and Professor Wilen has worked with Professor Pfaendner on a project looking at weathering of flame-retarded plastics.
Polypropylene is often used in composites and this has its own compounding challenges: Millken has achieved weight reduction and improved scratch resistance with a new reinforcing agent. The Mondi Group specialises in both plastics and paper and is in a unique position to look at cellulose-PP composites in partnership with the Kompetenzzentrum Holz. Natural minerals can also be used in reinforcement and to impart other functions – additives from Kärntner Montanindustrie can help reduce shrinkage and warpage.
FEICA European Adhesives & Sealants Conference 201312 Sep 2013 - 13 Sep 2013
Izmir, Turkey - Swîssotel Grand Efes
Turkcoat Coatings Show Eurasia 201312 Sep 2013 - 14 Sep 2013
Istanbul, Turkey - 9th and 10th Halls of Istanbul Expo Center
Abrafati 201316 Sep 2013 - 18 Sep 2013
Sao Paulo, Brazil
International Marine & Offshore Coatings Conference24 Sep 2013 - 25 Sep 2013
Baltimore, MD - Sheraton Inner Harbor
9th Annual Narrow Web Print Awards24 Sep 2013 - 27 Sep 2013
Brussels, Belgium - Flint Group stand at Labelexpo Europe
Narrow web label and packaging converters from around the world are encouraged to
submit sample labels for evaluation by a panel of industry judges. For the 9th consecutive
year, the winners of this prestigious award will be announced during a live event on the Flint
Group stand at Labelexpo Europe – Brussels, September 2013
Entries should be received no later than August 15, 2013
CEPE Annual Conference 201325 Sep 2013 - 27 Sep 2013
Prague, Czech Republic - Intercontinental Hotel
K 201316 Oct 2013 - 23 Oct 2013
Düsseldorf , Germany - Messe Düsseldorf
Coating Wood & Wood Composites Conference29 Oct 2013 - 30 Oct 2013
Charlotte, NC - Omni Hotel
Middle East Coatings Show 201410 Mar 2014 - 12 Mar 2014
Dubai, UAE - Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre
American Coatings Show 201408 Apr 2014 - 10 Apr 2014
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Asia Pacific Coatings Show 201403 Sep 2014 - 05 Sep 2014
Jakarta, Indonesia - Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Centre
The leading coatings event in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim