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PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR COMPOUNDING WORLD CONGRESS 2016

AMI has revealed the programme for the Compounding World Congress 2016, which will take place on 18-20 April at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany. Building on the sell-out success of the debut conference in 2015, the event features an impressive line-up of speakers from the international compounding industry.

The expanded programme focuses on technical compounds based on engineering thermoplastics, thermoplastic elastomers and performance polyolefins for demanding applications in markets such as the automotive, electrical/electronic, medical and industrial sectors.

The opening session includes a panel discussion on strategies for growing a profitable compounding business in a competitive global market place. The influential participants include Massimo Pavin, CEO of Sirmax in Italy, and Murat Cansever, Managing Partner of Eurotec Engineering Plastics in Turkey.

A compound user"s perspective is being provided by Dr Abdullah Al-Mamun of Adler Pelzer, the international supplier of automotive NVH and soft trim components. He is discussing advances in polyolefin and polyamide compounds for such applications.

The conference also features presentations on a range of innovative materials technologies. These include: the return of polyketones; optimising filled and reinforced compounds; and developments in conductive compounds. One highlight is a talk on Carbon X, a new porous carbon material developed at the Delft University of Technology. In addition, there is a talk on advances in the use of reactive extrusion to polymerise polyamides.

The programme also boasts a series of talks on optimising the compounding process. These include practical tips on how to increase energy efficiency, reduce VOC levels, and improve materials handling. There is also a look at how ‘Industry 4.0" can be applied to large-scale compounding, while Dr Shyam Sathyanarayana, Polymer Processing Expert at BASF, is covering the scale-up of lab-scale R&D innovations for global manufacturing.

A new addition to the 2016 programme is a session on recycling, which includes a talk from Dr Manica Ulcnik-Krump, Head of R&D for the Recycled Resource Business Unit at Alba/Interseroh. She is discussing the up-cycling of plastics waste through re-compounding.

The headline sponsor for the event is HPF The Mineral Engineers and conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit its mine and R&D laboratories before the conference starts. Additional sponsors include Azo, Steer, Dreyplas, Penta, ICMA San Giorgio, Leistritz, KraussMaffei Berstorff, Farrel Pomini, Imerys, JSW, Buss and Coperion.

For more information on participating in the Compounding World Congress as a delegate, sponsor or exhibitor, please contact Kat Langner: kl@amiplastics.com, +44 117 314 8111.

To see the full programme and booking details visit: http://bit.ly/CWC16B