Film processors bound this autumn for K 2010, the industry's leading tradeshow, may want to arrive in Düsseldorf a few days early to attend this plastic films conference. Now in its 25th year, the annual Specialty Plastic Films conference will be the showcase for several premiers, according to the event's organizers.
SPF 2010, organized by Maack Business Services, will be held in Düsseldorf at the Hilton Hotel on October 25 -26, immediately before the K show. Among novelties to be presented at the event will be new tie-layer technology for multilayer barrier films, introduced in a talk from LyondellBasell subsidiary Equistar. Also, Nippon Gohsei will report on its latest multi-functional barrier resin, Nichigo-P. News on nylons for high performance films will come from Ube and DSM, while Topas will discuss the use of its cyclo-olefins as functional layers in specialty films.
Sustainability, a watchword throughout the industry, also will be discussed at the event. After an overview from industry trade group European Bioplastics, there will be talks from Novamont, supplier of the starch-based MaterBi material, and experts from research institute Fraunhofer will present on biopolymers in paper and film applications. Thin film barrier coating of biopolymer films will be discussed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
In addition, lactic acid producer Galactic will present new chemical recycling technology for treating PLA waste as an alternative to composting that retains the value of the original material. Galactic has just started the world's first PLA chemical recycling unit.
Processors will also get their chance to make important presentations, several of them linked to sustainability issues. BOPP producer Treofan will introduce a process that provides new types of separator films for electrochemical energy stores, including Li-batteries, double layer capacitors and fuel cells, Polyplex will discuss changing market dynamics in BOPET and RKW will address new developments in polyolefin films as sustainable products. Innovia will discuss how its NatureFlex films, derived from wood pulp, meet brand owner sustainability objectives.
Finally, brand owners Procter & Gamble and Unilever will talk about their own developments and the implications for their suppliers. For more information at the event, contact Crystal Jarvie at T: 1-212-621-4687, or email: [email protected]. —[email protected]