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UK Elastomer Roadmap published

The Polymer Group of the KTN has published the latest UK Elastomer Roadmap. Are you working in the UK and producing or using Elastomers? If so you may like to read the report and contribute...

Two new Polymer Training Courses

 Just a brief note to let you all know of a couple of Polymer Training courses coming up in May in Sheffield.   FIrstly one on basic Polymer Science; for information click here . ...

Rotational Moulding

A survey of the lead companies and their activities in this sector has been prepared and is highlighted in the free to view article. A more detailed submission would be welcome especially in...

Adhesives

In progressing technical discussions it is frequently the case that a short summary of leading companies and their activities proves very useful. To this end a short survey highlighting...

Plastics 'Torture Mould' - practical assistance for polymer processors

A problem frequently faced by designers is the relation of material data ex polymer suppliers and component performance requirements. The Plastics "Torture" mould project provides a practical...

Important Announcement - Changes to your KTN

Dear Polymer Group member This note is to bring you up to date about important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community represented on _connect. ...

Elastomers in Extreme Environments; Oil and Gas

Elastomers are key materials to the enabling technology used in oil & gas applications. The role of the elastomer is most often to act as a seal whether it be in a static or dynamic...

Condition Monitoring; elastomers have a significant future role to play

Condition Monitoring (CM) is a way of keeping check on the condition of any part or product; or even a whole system.  Historically this has been done visually, or by testing of components...

Onto™ EP1000 – Adhesion promotion for difficult-to-bond substrates

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) has developed Onto™ EP1000 – a functional surface treatment that can be used to promote adhesion of various coatings to difficult-to-bond substrates. The treatment...

ARTIS elastomer research showcased at Materials Research Exchange

ARTIS is a UK research based consultancy in Wiltshire. It was created as a result of the reorganisation of Avon Rubber in 2007, and was set up as a world class facility to serve R&D...

Phoenix project develops sustainable nanotech fire retardants

The EU industry needs to find a solution to substitute the halogenated flame retardant (HFR) additives employed in the fabrication of flame retardant (FR) thermoplastic and thermoset materials,...

Funding available for Industrial Fellowships - call still open

1851 - Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering – open until 20 Feb. 2014   There’s just over a week to go to apply for an 1851 Fellowship.  The Fellowships are intended...

Two polymer organisations working with the Materials KTN

Just a short article to let you know a little about two of the organisations who work closely with the Polymer Sector of the Materials KTN; BRPPA and RAPRA Ltd. As acronyms can sometimes be a...

Polymer Training and Innovation Centre (PTIC)

This very impressive centre was opened in 2010 in Telford and offers training and consultancy in many areas of plastics processing, materials and business. Standard courses are run...

Bone-fixing polymer can help fight brain tumours

A team from the University of Nottingham have found that a polymer developed to aid bone re-growth can also serve as a powerful weapon for treating patients suffering with brain tumours. After...

Condition Monitoring - The role of Smart Polymers and current funding opportunities.

Condition Monitoring - The role of Smart Polymers and current funding opportunities . 27 th November 2013 , IOM 3, Carlton House Terrace, London You may be interested in...

Print and Coating Annual Conference, Wales

Just to let you know that the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating is holding their Annual Conference on 18 th & 19 th November 2013.  This conference is a unique opportunity to view...

Free Conference Proceedings: Rubber Reinforcement by Fillers, Fibres and Textiles

The Polymer Sector of the Materials KTN has published the presentations made at a two day conference at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) entitled Rubber Reinforcement by Fillers, Fibres and...

Next Director General for British Plastics Federation (BPF) announced

At the BPF’s  recent 80th Anniversary Gala Dinner the President Mike Boswell announced that the BPF Council had appointed Philip Law the BPF’s Public and Industrial Affairs...

New polymer improves drug delivery

A new polymer has been developed that helps medications taken orally efficiently enter the bloodstream. It was developed from a collaboration between two U.S. institutions: the College of...
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