At the Cambridge Graphene Technology Days, held Nov. 5-6 at Cambridge University, Bandera spa (Busto Arsizio, Italy) will present its plastics extrusion lines for substrate films and foil/sheet with industrial production output up to several tons per hour and dimensions up to 22 m for agricultural applications and 3 m for packaging, converting, printing, lamination or up to 8.5 m for waterproof systems, with multilayer (3 to 9) structure.
The goal of the partnership with Cambridge Graphene Center (CGC) is to examine and implement new applications due to integration of graphene and other 2D materials with several polymers via the extrusion process, the pelletizing of the new composites and the integration in already standard products with new structural characterization for increased features or to develop new advanced plastic products.
The markets in which Bandera machinery operates are: industrial and food packaging, agriculture, building, geomembrane, aeronautics, automotive, to name a few.
Bandera's The House of Extrusion is located at its headquarters. It is an innovative European extrusion center for packaging and converting, where academia, research centers and industry can scale up their prototypes to industrial volumes.
A new laboratory is soon to be installed, where in collaboration with CGC, it will be possible to test new applications in order to create prototypes which can be eventually scaled up once their properties have proved innovative.
Bandera also has an international patent to create a photovoltaic plastics solar panel all-in-one extrusion process. The extreme multifaceted graphene properties (conductivity, transparency, barrier, strength, etc.) make it an ideal candidate as an additive in plastic multilayer products.
Bandera spa was founded in 1947 with revenue of €80 million in more than 50 countries.