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CeramOptec: Holger Bäuerle appointed Vice Managing Director

The experienced sales manager will also remain head of the sales department.

CeramOptec: Holger Bäuerle appointed Vice Managing Director

Holger Bäuerle, Vice Managing Director (Source: @CeramOptec GmbH)

Bonn, July 10, 2018 – CeramOptec GmbH one of the world-leading specialists in multimode, quartz glass optical fibers, has expanded its top management: Holger Bäuerle, age 51, has been promoted to Vice Managing Director and will now act as proxy for managing directors Dr. Roland Dreschau and Dr. Damian Plange, as of July 01, 2018. The experienced sales manager joins the company since February 2015 and currently holds the position as CeramOptec’s head of industrial sales. Prior to being with CeramOptec, he was sales manager with a manufacturer of LWL-connectors for many years.

Besides his new role as vice managing director, Mr. Bäuerle will maintain leadership of the Industrial Sales Department of the optical fiber specialist at Bonn. In this position, he has been crucial for the success of the company in the field of industrial and medical laser applications in recent years. In this context, he was also deeply involved in the introduction of several of CeramOptec’s key products, e.g. the Optran© UV NCC-Fibers and the Optran© UV NSS-Fibers. In addition, Mr. Bäuerle strongly promoted the business sector of customized optical fiber products according to client specifications.

„Due to his experience as a sales manager and extensive expert knowledge of the optical fiber industry, Holger Bäuerle has advanced our company decisively and opened new market segments in recent years,“ emphasizes Dr. Roland Dreschau, CeramOptec’s Managing Director. „We are very glad being able to count on his knowledge and experience, even on the highest level of our company, while he still will be focusing on target marketing areas as our sales manager.“

About CeramOptec
CeramOptec®, in cooperation with Ceram Optec SIA, specializes in the manufacture of silica-glass multi-mode optical fibers. The medium-sized company was founded in 1988 and today is a subsidiary of biolitec AG, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies in the field of laser applications. With offices in China and distribution partners in the US, India, Japan and Korea, CeramOptec enjoys a strong presence, not only in Europe, but also in the Asian and North American markets. The range of products includes fibers, fiber bundles, assemblies and cables for a wide range of applications, including industrial and medical laser applications, aerospace sensor systems, and spectroscopic applications for use in astronomy and in the chemical industry. A specialty is the production of fiber optic cores with four- to octagonal geometry (non-circular core fibers/NCC), which are mainly used in astrophysics. The biolitec group has a total of about 245 employees.

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CeramOptec GmbH
Holger Bäuerle
Brühler Straße 30
53119 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0) 228 / 97 967 – 12
Fax: +49 (0) 228 / 97 967 – 99
E-Mail: holger.baeuerle@ceramoptec.com
Url: http://www.ceramoptec.com

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Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 61 72 / 27 15 9 – 0
E-Mail: j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

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Ideas brought to life in Anatomy

Incisions and insights workshop series – „Heart, lungs, thorax“

Ideas brought to life in Anatomy

Workshop „Incisions and insights“ at the Institute of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis (Source: M. Latz/BioRegio STERN Management GmbH)

(Stuttgart/Tübingen) – The „Incisions and insights – medtech engineers and medical practitioners in dialogue“ workshop series continued in June 2018, focusing on the heart, lungs and thorax. BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is organising this exceptional series of events in collaboration with the Inter-University Center for Medical Technologies Stuttgart-Tübingen (IZST) and the Verein zur Förderung der Biotechnologie und Medizintechnik e. V. (Society for the Promotion of Biotechnology and Medical Technology). This fourth event once again saw medical directors and senior consultants meet with medtech engineers directly at operating tables in Anatomy to discuss the innovations they desire and need.

The specialists from University Hospital Tübingen have already dubbed the series of events „Make a wish“, as it gives them the opportunity to express their wishes to medtech engineers for new or improved instruments and equipment unfiltered by purchasing or marketing departments. The fourth workshop in the series focused on the heart, lungs and thorax. Alongside the live streaming of surgery and practical exercises in the operating theatre at the Institute of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis, the medical directors and senior consultants from University Hospital Tübingen Dr. Helene Häberle, Senior Consultant Surgeon at the Intensive Care Unit, Prof. Alfred Königsrainer, Medical Director of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Prof. Christian Schlensak, Medical Director of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Prof. Roland Syha, Head of Interventional Radiology, discussed potential innovations. During this session, Prof. Peter P. Pott, Head of the Institute of Medical Device Technology at the University of Stuttgart, explained what is technically feasible. Prof. Arnulf Stenzl, Medical Director of the University Department of Urology and Head of the Inter-University Center for Medical Technologies Stuttgart-Tübingen (IZST), co-chaired the workshop together with the host Prof. Bernhard Hirt, Director of the Institute of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis. Around 40 medtech company representatives attended the event, which offered them an impressive range of incisions and insights.

A surgeon got straight to work on artificial heart implantation and minimally invasive lung and oesophagus surgery on an anatomical specimen. While feeding a tube into the trachea, he explained to the medtech engineers – and to medical students linked via live stream – why a second working channel would be useful: „A further piece of equipment, such as forceps, often needs to be inserted. This may also result in bleeding, which blocks the one channel.“ During the subsequent demonstration of a minimally invasive lobectomy – the removal of an organ lobe – the operating team explained the need for a second camera in order to monitor inside the thorax from an additional angle. A stapler that can attach staples and bend 90 degrees was also added to the wish list, as was a cleaning function for the camera lens. However, the surgeons‘ discussion with Prof. Pott quickly revealed that much of what is technically feasible is not at all practicable in everyday surgery. „Extra functions require cables and switches. Yet at the same time, the equipment is expected to become increasingly smaller and easier to handle.“ Physical limitations also curb miniaturisation: „A camera lens can only be reduced in size to a certain extent, otherwise it no longer transmits anything,“ explained Prof. Pott.

The subsequent artificial heart transplant once again showed that the surgeons attach great importance to small and agile instruments to open up the chest as little as possible, as this is often associated with major discomfort for patients. To implant the 200-gramme artificial heart, just two incisions are needed. Unfortunately, one of these remains permanently open, as the control and battery power cables need to be fed outside. „Of course there’s already the option of a cable-free power supply for hearing aids, for example,“ said Prof. Pott. „If this fails, the patient no longer hears anything. But if this fails in the case of the heart, the patient expires.“

The demand for innovation is therefore high, giving developers and users plenty to discuss, and this is unlikely to be exhausted at the next event in February 2019, which will focus on „Extremities and the musculoskeletal system“. „As far as we know, there’s no comparable event anywhere else in the world,“ explained Dr. Klaus Eichenberg, co-organiser and Managing Director of BioRegio STERN Management GmbH. „Surgeons are calling for new processes and instruments. I’m confident the local medtech businesses will take up this challenge and bring to life some of the ideas that were first formulated here.“

About BioRegio STERN Management GmbH:
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH promotes economic development in the life sciences industry, helping to strengthen the region as a business location by supporting innovations and start-up companies in the public interest. It is the main point of contact for company founders and entrepreneurs in the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions, including the cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen.
The STERN BioRegion is one of the largest and most successful bioregions in Germany. Its unique selling points include a mix of biotech and medtech companies that is outstanding in Germany and regional clusters in the fields of automation technology and mechanical engineering.

Company-Contact
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Dr. Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711-870354-0
E-Mail: info@bioregio-stern.de
Url: http://www.bioregio-stern.de/en

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Anja Pätzold
Hohenheimer Strasse 58a
70184 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711-6070719
E-Mail: info@zeeb.info
Url: http://www.zeeb-kommunikation.de

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Asahi Kasei Medical: New Strategies for blood purification

Asahi Kasei Medical: New Strategies for blood purification

Asahi Kasei Medical Rheofilter (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, July 5, 2018 – On May 26, Asahi Kasei Medical, a leading manufacturer of products for hemodialysis and therapeutic apheresis treatment launched the first Apheresis Meeting Industry Symposium within the Industry Symposium program of the 55th ERA-EDTA Congress in Copenhagen. 500 participants joined the Symposium.

Therapeutic apheresis is used to treat a wide range of intractable diseases, such as autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral arterial disease, ulcerative colitis, neurological diseases or lipid disorders. Asahi Kasei Medical, founded in 1974 and the first company to globally introduce the hollow fiber separation technology, is offering therapeutic apheresis products that use membrane separation and selective adsorption technology to enable the treatment of many intractable diseases that cannot be treated using drugs. Therapeutic apheresis is increasingly used in the field of preventive medicine.

The membrane used in hollow fiber separation technology only permits plasma and proteins to pass through. Cellular components such as erythrocytes, leukocytes and thrombocytes are filtered out through the fine pores of the special hollow fibre membrane. Plasma and pathogenic substances can be removed, the plasma can be purified and returned to the patient.

During the Apheresis Meeting Industry Symposium, Professor Antonio Santoro (Bologna, Italy) chaired three sessions on Therapeutic Apheresis respectively held by Professor Lionel Rostaing (Grenoble, France), Dr. Alfonso Ramunni (Bari, Italy) and Professor Christoph Wanner (Würzburg University, Germany).

The first session by Professor Christoph Wanner titled „Lipid Apheresis and PCSK9-Antibodies:
Complementary or Competitive?“ explained how high plasma Lipoprotein(a) levels are related with the risk of myocardial infarction in the general population and which preventive action the apheresis treatment exerts by removing Lipoprotein(a) from patient“s blood.

The second session, „Rheopheresis in peripheral artery disease“ presented by Dr. Alfonso Ramunni, focused on removal of Fibrinogen from patient“s plasma and how it impacts peripheral vascular diseases such as Ischemic Diabetic Foot, Critical Limb Ischemia, Sudden Hearing Loss or Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

The third and last session, held by Professor Lionel Rostaing, „Desensitization in ABO incompatible kidney transplant candidates in order to achieve long term outcome“ explained about apheresis treatment efficiency with graft survival in ABO incompatible patients.

ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association), founded in 1963 aims at fostering the advancement of science and clinical work in nephrology, dialysis, renal transplantation, hypertension and related diseases with a strong focus on bettering patient“s health. It counts 7, 253 members.

ERA-EDTA Congress is the International annual scientific event that gathers about seven thousand physicians from Europe and worldwide. This year“s Congress took place in Copenhagen on 24-27 May 2018.

Asahi Kasei Medical
Asahi Kasei Medical is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of products for hemodialysis and therapeutic apheresis treatment. The company was founded in 1974 as part of the Asahi Kasei Group which employs 35,000 employees worldwide. Asahi Kasei Medical started its activity by producing and selling unique world leading dialyzers. In 1981, the company developed and started to sell filters for therapeutic apheresis and expanded treatment options to contribute to patient“s quality of life. Asahi Kasei Medical has expanded its network worldwide by establishing subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, America and today has about 2,200 employees worldwide.

About Asahi Kasei
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified technology company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 35,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world. For more information, visit
www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/
www.asahi-kasei.eu/

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

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Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

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DKT 2018: ZEON Strengthens Market Leader Position in Specialty Rubbers

DKT 2018: ZEON Strengthens Market Leader Position in Specialty Rubbers

Zeon Corporation Plant

ZEON Corporation, Japan, represented by the European subsidiary ZEON Europe GmbH exhibits at the Deutsche Kautschuk Tagung (DKT; German Rubber Conference) in Nuremberg, 2-5 July 2018, a triannual international major event for the rubber industry. In hall 12 booth 325, ZEON will meet and greet the business partners and present the latest innovations and updates of ZEON activities, particularly in Europe. Interested parties are invited to discuss how to improve the long term performance of HNBR compounds at ZEON“s presentation in the conference program (lecture session 3 July, 8:30 a.m., Hall Paris). ZEON brings the following highlights into the focus of this event:

HNBR – Hydrogenated nitrile rubbers are well known in the automotive industry for their resistance to fuels, lubricating oils, coolants and other media and have a long history in the engine sealing components. However, the recent trends in engine cooling have resulted in the use of more aggressive coolant technologies and higher temperature performance requirements, from 125°C in the past up to 150°C recently and in some cases in combination with low temperature requirements as low as -40°C. To tackle this challenge has become the focus, in order to bring Zetpol® to the higher competitive level like Fluoroelastomers.

Based on the next generation polymer technology, ZEON introduced high performance HNBR (HP-Zetpol®), that contain unique architecture and a specific cure site monomer. ZEON“s application technologists have developed compounds based on this novel material, which can offer better heat resistance and significantly improved compression set resistance compared to the conventional peroxide-cured HNBR. Dr. Björn Nelson, Technical Service Manager concludes, „the improvement of compression set resistance is magnified over longer ageing time and especially in this cross-sectioned articles, such as O-rings. This makes HP-Zetpol® a material of choice for the recent coolant technologies“. Detailed information will be presented in the lecture program.
ZEON enhances the capability to supply the innovative material HP-Zetpol®, hence the production capacity in Kawasaki, Japan will be extended in the near future. In parallel ZEON is continuously increasing the efficiency of two other Zetpol® production facilities in Takaoka, Japan and in Texas, USA in order to fulfil steadily increasing market demand of ZEON“s top quality products.

HT-ACM – The automotive region Europe is the key market for ZEON“s innovations in the acrylic rubbers. HyTemp® ACM have been established in the automotive market for sealings and gaskets as well as for hoses in the engine air management system. Its resistance against high temperature and oil supports the development of most popular modular engine design at OEMs. ZEON keeps developing new types of acrylic rubbers to face the constantly challenging market requirements: engine downsizing, combined platforms and emission reductions. The novel HyTemp® H570 is able to maintain the maximum high temperature resistance of HT-ACM whilst at the same time improving low temperature and oil resistance performances. For CAC hose applications, ZEON continues to improve the polymer robustness to increase the physical properties retention after ageing, which is crucial for certain OEM specifications, without jeopardizing the dynamic resilience and extrusion speed. Talk to us for further information!

TPV – Zeotherm®, a familiar brand name for heat and oil resistance applications of thermoplastic vulcanizate in the automotive sector. The unique properties of Zeotherm®, a polyblend of polyamide and acrylic rubber, offer various advantages like weight and cost reduction, simple design, easy processing and recyclability. The blow moulding grades of Zeotherm® with a hardness range of 90 Shore A up to 40 Shore D have settled their position in the market of cold side CAC hose applications.

NBR – Beside the standard and pre-crosslinked nitrile rubber portfolio, ZEON is also well known as a specialty nitrile rubber producer. The specialty nitrile rubbers vary their forms from standard bale rubber, to liquid (Nipol® 1312) or powder (Nipol® 1411) grades, originated from the production facility in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Nipol® 1312 has proven its unique function to enable the production of soft elastomer articles without using high level of oil or plasticizer. It eases the processing and prevents oil bleeding, since the liquid NBR is curable into the polymer matrix. Powder NBR is perfectly utilized in a special dry compounding process in the area where the end products need to have high stiffness but also a certain extend of flexibility, e. g. in the brake pad application. Both liquid and powder nitrile rubbers are ideal material for adhesive application, also where a solvent free system is desired.

SSBR, Li-BR, Hydrocarbon Resin – The tyre industry is one of ZEON“s main market segments. The newly founded joint venture of ZEON Corporation and SUMITOMO Chemicals (ZS Elastomers) in Japan consolidates their tyre rubbers product portfolio, solution-SBR and Li-catalysed-BR, supplying the global tyre industry with world class products. The functionalization technologies coming from both mother companies lead to a special synergy effect and become the solution in the developments of future green tires. „Our products, particularly the functionalized S-SBR and Li-BR, support the global tyre industry to continuously optimizing the balance between low rolling resistance, wet grip, wear resistance and good processability“, says Hiroyuki Adachi, Tyre Rubber Commercial Manager, „they are the key features of modern high performance eco tyre“.

ZEON hydrocarbon resins (Quintone®), furthermore, has become an essential part as performance resins in the modern tyre technology. In addition to the standard functions of hydrocarbon resins as tackifier and softener, which are necessary for compound processability, Quintone® improves other tyre performance metrics, such as the tip resistance, chip-chunk resistance, and anti-crack behaviour. Both in specialty rubbers and resins, ZEON“s R&D activities result on innovative materials that support tyre compounders worldwide to achieve their target tyre performances.

COMPANY PROFILE

ZEON Corporation is the world leader in specialty elastomers, polymers, and specialty chemicals. ZEON is one of the top producers of polymers in the world, operating a global network of plants in Asia and North America, and research and development laboratories in Japan, USA, China, and Singapore. With almost 70 years in business and consolidated sales of ca. US$ 3 billion, ZEON has both the experiences and the expertise in C4 and C5 chemistry to offer a wide range of world class products. ZEON employs over 3.300 people worldwide, with global headquarters in Tokyo and regional sales offices all over Europe, America and Asia. „We realize the importance to have a close partnership with (potential) customers worldwide. Therefore, our resources in sales and technical service always put big effort in technical cooperation to bring positive impulse to our customers. Then, together we will find the optimum solution,“ Hubert Thimm, ZEON Europe Commercial Director explains.

While ZEON is continuously settled in the traditional global elastomer business (60% of total business), the specialty material business is seriously built up and has been growing significantly. ZEON specialty materials will provide material solutions for the future world in terms of sustainable energy sources, electromobility, digitalisation and media, as well as modern lifestyle and health care.

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ZEON Europe GmbH
Alice Zella
Hansaallee 249
40549 Duesseldorf
Phone: +49 211 5267 139
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.zeon.eu/

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Schiffbauerweg 5F
82319 Starnberg
Phone: +49 8151 9739098
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.ahlendorf-news.com/en/overview/

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INGENERIC expands production capacities

Manufacturer of micro-optics set for further growth

INGENERIC expands production capacities

Dr. Stefan Hambuecker (left) and Dr. Olaf Ruebenach, the managing directors of INGENERIC

On May 30, INGENERIC laid the foundation stone for their new company building in Baesweiler, Germany. The new building is the company“s response to the constantly increasing volume of orders from customers all over the world. The building, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, will provide space for all of the approx. 80 employees with reserves for further expansion.

INGENERIC has been based in the Technology Centre AGIT in Aachen since its foundation in 2001, and in 2015 they already outsourced some capacities to Baesweiler, about 20 km away. Growth over the years is such that the company now requires its own building. The move away from the Technologiezentrum is a logical step.

The new production hall in the immediate vicinity of a former colliery covers a gross area of around 2,700 m². The hall will provide around 800 m² of clean room space for the production and finishing of optical elements along with the assembly of optical modules and laser systems. There is also around 600 m² for air-conditioned processing space for ultra-precision manufacturing, where temperatures are partially controlled to within +/-0.5° C. The attached office building for development, sales and administration will offer more than 1,000 m² gross floor space.

With a good 10,000 m² of space, the site offers the potential for further expansion.

Dr. Olaf Ruebenach, co-founder and one of the two managing directors of INGENERIC, sees clear advantages at the Baesweiler site in the Aachen technology region: „The new building and its infrastructure exactly meet our requirements for the efficient production of ultra-precision optics. Not only will we have enough space for the current production volume, we can also continue to expand. Micro-optics is one of the major pace-setting technologies of the 21st century, and we expect significant growth rates.“

Planning and construction of the building are being carried out in cooperation with TRUMPF GmbH Co. KG which, as the parent company of INGENERIC, is also the builder-owner. The building should be ready for occupancy by the end of 2019.

About INGENERIC

Founded in 2001 in the university-city of Aachen, Germany, INGENERIC GmbH develops and manufactures high-precision micro-optic components for high-power applications, along with optical and laser systems including fiber couplers, homogenizers and collimation modules for science, medicine and measurement technology.

Today, INGENERIC is one of the few manufacturers in Europe to develop and manufacture glass micro-optics for beam shaping in semiconductor diode lasers according to the individual specifications of its international customers. The company handles the entire process chain from the lens design and the development of prototypes through to the small-batch production and serial manufacture.

INGENERIC also produces high-power laser systems. For the HiLASE or XFEL project, for example, INGENERIC supplied a number of high-energy lasers delivering 10 pulses per second with an energy of 250 Joules, an average power output of 2.5 kW, and an extremely homogeneous top-hat beam profile with an amplitude contrast of less than 7%.

Background: Precision in detail

One of several fields of application is the production of microlens arrays with structures typically in the sub-millimeter range; their dimensional accuracy is sub-micrometer at less than 250 nm. This makes it possible to produce arrays with high filling factors and to make the best possible use of the optically effective surface area: INGENERIC reliably implements transition zones of less than 10 μm. The benefit to the user: Optimal beam shaping and high-efficiency transmission and coupling.

High-precision molding maintains an offset between the upper and lower sides of the array of less than 5 μm. Pitch accuracy is also very high: INGENERIC reproduces the separation between the individual lens center points with an accuracy of better than 2 μm over a length of 25 mm, so there is no accumulation of errors across the width of the array.

For some micro-optics-particularly the two-sided structures-the exact adherence to the central thickness is vitally important, since they have a telescopic effect and the slightest deviations lead to aberrations. INGENERIC achieves accuracies close to +/-6 μm here.

Compared to conventional methods like quartz etching, INGENERIC achieves a relative radius tolerance better than 0.2 percent, which in serial production is precisely reproducible from wafer to wafer.

About TRUMPF

The high-technology company TRUMPF offers production solutions in the machine tool and laser sectors. It drives digital connectivity in manufacturing industries through consulting activities, platform and software offerings. TRUMPF is a technology and market leader in machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing and industrial lasers.

Company-Contact
INGENERIC GmbH
Christina Ferwer
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49.241.963-3951
Fax: +49.241.963-1349
E-Mail: ferwer@ingeneric.com
Url: http://www.ingeneric.com

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Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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Asahi Kasei introduces the next-generation family of glass-reinforced PP Thermylene® P11 – targeted for key automotive and household applications

Asahi Kasei introduces the next-generation family of glass-reinforced PP Thermylene® P11 - targeted for key automotive and household applications

Asahi Kasei Thermylene® door module (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, June 11, 2018 – Asahi Kasei has launched Thermylene® P11, a next-generation family of glass-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds with unprecedented strength. With the new material, the leading global supplier of high-performance thermoplastic compounds expands the performance envelope for conventional glass reinforced polypropylene design and opens opportunities for thinwall molding of interior and exterior automotive parts.

The Thermylene® P11 family of chemically coupled PP compounds, currently available in 30%, 40%, 45% and 50% glass loadings, delivers the highest tensile strength without sacrificing other performance attributes. It provides an optimum balance of properties and facilitates thinwall molding for a wide range of applications.

The new family of Thermylene® P11 compounds offers higher tensile strength at elevated temperature, greater room temperature tensile, and improved fatigue and creep resistance compared to the predecessor material family, Thermylene® P10. Thinwall molding is possible thanks to Thermylene® P11″s melt flow of 10-25 g/10 min – specifically tunable to customer needs.

„The Thermylene® P11 family is a step change improvement which enables European automotive OEMs and tier suppliers to fine tune the necessary performance without worrying about any compromise. Asahi Kasei has received strong interest in the new family of glass-filled PP compounds with material evaluations currently underway at leading OEMs and tier suppliers,“ said Vive Apte, Manager of Polyolefins R&D at Asahi Kasei.

Asahi Kasei is targeting a range of structural parts in the automotive and appliance markets. In interior automotive, key applications include door modules, center consoles, load floors, and instrument panels. Underhood automotive parts include fan shrouds, battery trays, front end modules, and grille shutters. In appliance, Thermlyene® P11 is targeted for heat-exposed dryer components such as lint trays.

Thermylene® P11 provides up to 40% improvement in measured tensile strength at 80°C and 120°C compared to conventional glass-filled PP. Thermylene® P11 GF40% boasts flexural modulus of 10,000 MPa, tensile strength of 125 MPa, and a heat distortion temperature of 155°C.

P11 PP compounds can also be processed at a lower temperature and a higher fill rate, resulting in energy and cycle time savings. Thinner wall thicknesses can be achieved in new designs due to the high tensile and flexural modulus properties. Due to the material“s high flow, parts can be packed more efficiently resulting in lower porosity/voids.

About Asahi Kasei
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified technology company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world. For more information, visit
www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/
www.asahi-kasei.eu/

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

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financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

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FIRST-EVER RUSSIAN COLLECTIVE PAVILION AT ACHEMA 2018

Russian Export Center (REC) invites to visit Russian collective stand at ACHEMA 2018, the world’s largest trade fair for the chemical and biotech process industry, on 11-15 June 2018 at Messe Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, Germany).

REC is a State-owned development institute established by the Government of the Russian Federation with its main aim to offer a wide range of financial and non-financial support to Russian exporters to explore foreign markets and build capacity in the global trade.

ACHEMA is held once in three years. It is the major event of the industry that gathers hundreds of thousands of the world“s best experts in one place in search of process technologies from about 4 thousand exhibitors. ACHEMA is a world forum that defines new tendencies in biotechnology, chemical industry and environment protection.

Russian companies have always been among the exhibitors, but this year ACHEMA is in the list of recommended exhibitions by REC for the first time. The Center has formed a respectable Russian Exposition, including 12 leading Russian manufacturers in chemical industry: „PharmTechnologies“, „Vladimir Plant of Metal Hoses“, „UralActiv“, „Unichimtek“, „LAMSYSTEMS“, Service Center „Himanalitservice“, „ECOS“, „ZAVKOM ENGINEERING“, „REATORG“, „Ecros-Ingineering“, Inter-regional Chemical Company „Regionchemsnab“ and „PROMCHIMPERM“.

The official representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, The Russian Chemists Union and Trade representation office of the Russian Federation in Germany will support Russian exporters by holding seminars and workshops at the stand. In addition, more than 120 B2B meetings with potential customers are planned within the frames of the exhibition.

You are welcome to the stands of the Russian Federation:
Pavilion 9.2 (12), Pavilion 9.1 (62), Pavilion 9.0 (F35) Pavilion 5.1 (B24), Pavilion 4.2 (B31)

Messe Service

Contact
Negus Messe Service GmbH
Svetlana Agapova
Bilker Allee 31
40219 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 59834 49
Fax: +49 (0)211 59834 50
E-Mail: project@negusmesse.de
Url: http://www.negusmesse.de

Science Research Technology

Efficient coating of O-rings

The new Rotamat system for small batches allows the efficient coating of work piece volumes from 2 to 15 liters.

Efficient coating of O-rings

The new Rotamat R 60 is suitable for coating of mass produced small parts made from elastomers/metal

At the DKT exhibition Walther Trowal presents the newly designed Rotamat R 60 for coating of mass-produced small parts like, for example, O-rings. This system was specifically developed for users who are increasingly switching to smaller batches and, generally, lower batch volumes. However, the R 60 offers all the features found in its larger „siblings“!

The new Rotamat R 60 is the first coating system on the market that allows efficient processing of work piece volumes between 2 and 15 liters. With a diameter of only 600 mm the drum is ideally suited for small batch volumes. The inclination of the drum is adjustable within a wide angle allowing its adjustment to different work piece geometries. It allows the intensive mixing of the parts in the drum and guarantees complete, optimum coverage by the spray nozzles.

With the new machine Walther Trowal takes into account that in connection with just-in-time requirements many companies generally place purchase orders in smaller work piece quantities.

Frank Siegel, sales manager „coating technology“ at Walther Trowal is now able to offer the right machine for practically every conceivable application: „Many of our customers want to coat small part batches but do not want to give up the high technical standard we have implemented in our larger units R 80 and R 90C. With the newly developed R 60 they can now efficiently coat small batches without having to invest in a larger machine.“

For the Rotamat R 60 the Trowal engineers have utilized the proven components of the larger machines: For example, the inlet and exhaust air system, the explosion protected LED lighting inside the drum and the mounting of the drum.

Here are some details of the innovative features

Precise control of the inlet air temperature

The measuring point for the inlet air temperature is immediately at the drum entry. Compared to measuring the temperature with a sensor behind the air heating unit the measurement is now much more direct allowing extremely precise temperature readings.

Eco-friendly operation

For typical applications – today 90% of all customers are using water-based paint – Walther Trowal supplies a specially adapted filtering system. For coating tasks with solvent-based paints the new R 60 – like with the bigger Rotamat units – can be equipped with a four stage exhaust air filtering system with a Papp filter, a filter mat and two pocket filters.

Low energy requirements

The capacity of the heating unit was adapted to the smaller drum diameter, resulting in considerably lower overall energy requirements. Depending on the technical characteristics of the work pieces and/or paint Walther Trowal can equip the machine with PID or pulse control for the heating unit. The result: Customers can also use paint types that do not allow going over or below certain operating temperatures.

Walther Trowal at the DKT 2018
July 2 – 5, 2018 | Nuremberg, Germany
Hall 12 , Booth 247

Facts about Walther Trowal

For 85 years Walther Trowal has been a pioneer and market leader in various surface treatment technologies. The company offers modular and custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface treatment problems.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal serves many customers in many industries around the world. For example, in the automotive and aerospace industry, medical engineering and wind power generation.

Company-Contact
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Georg Harnau
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan, Germany
Phone: +49 2129.571-0
Fax: +49 2129.571-225
E-Mail: info@walther-trowal.de
Url: http://www.walther-trowal.de

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Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
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Science Research Technology

GKN Powder Metallurgy becomes one of the world’s first IATF 16949:2016 certified 3D metal printing suppliers

GKN Powder Metallurgy becomes one of the world

GKN Powder Metallurgy’s IATF 16949:2016 certificate

[Bonn, Germany – May 9] – GKN Powder Metallurgy successfully passed the IATF 16949:2016 audit and becomes one of the first 3D Metal printing suppliers in the world to be certified with the new standard. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) introduced this revised global quality standard known as IATF 16949:2016 in October 2016.

It replaces ISO/TS 16949, one of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standard for quality management. When it was developed by the IATF in 1999 it aimed to harmonize the different certification systems in the global automotive supply chain. The new IATF 16949 has been created with a stronger customer orientation and aims to develop a quality management systems that:

– Provides for continual improvement,
– Emphasizes defect prevention,
– Includes specific requirements and tools from the automotive industry,
– Promotes reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain,
– Increases customer satisfaction.

Additive Manufacturing – a key to the future of GKN Powder Metallurgy

As a leading innovation development partner in the automotive industry, GKN Powder Metallurgy wants to inspire customers to rethink ways to design products with Additive Manufacturing. It is positioned in the 3D printing market as a fully vertically integrated solution provider that combines profound technical expertise in AM powders, processes and products.

– GKN Powder Metallurgy proves quality commitment to the automotive supply chain by meeting highest possible quality standards
– Industrialization of Metal Additive Manufacturing opens up new business opportunities for GKN Powder Metallurgy in 2018
– IATF 16949:2016 automotive standard represents one of the most demanding certifications in the industry today

Guido Degen, SVP Additive and Business Development, stresses the importance of the certificate for GKN Powder Metallurgy: „The IATF certificate is a significant step on our path towards challenging established supply chains and industrializing 3D printing technology globally. We believe in the disruptive potential of AM to transform future product thinking and traditional manufacturing.

Today we are already in production with automotive and industrial prototypes, small series and spare parts for the aftermarkets, but this is just the beginning. We strive for making AM mass productions, that provide the highest quality and productivity, accessible to the leaders of the automotive industry. “

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and about 7,400 employees.

Contact
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Trautmann
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
Phone: +49 (2289) 895980
E-Mail: Susanne.Trautmann@gkn.com
Url: https://www.gkn.com/en/our-divisions/gkn-powder-metallurgy/

Science Research Technology

Asahi Kasei Europe starts hydrogen demonstration project in Herten

Asahi Kasei Europe starts hydrogen demonstration project in Herten

Hydrogen Electrolyzer Plant Opening: Push-the-Button Ceremony (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, May 2, 2018 – On April 27, 2018, Asahi Kasei Europe started a demonstration project for the production of green hydrogen at the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten in Herten, Germany. The project will transform simulated electric power from wind energy into hydrogen and contribute to the development of a green hydrogen production system.

Asahi Kasei is intensifying its activities in the field of hydrogen production in Europe. The Japanese technology company is a leading supplier of chlor-alkali electrolysis systems, which are used in 126 production sites in 26 countries worldwide. Based on this technology, the company developed an alkaline-water electrolysis system which is suitable for use with fluctuating power input such as from renewable energy sources. The highly efficient system offers scalability up to 10 MW, allowing the customer to produce a large quantity of hydrogen with a single unit.

On April 27 2018, Asahi Kasei Europe, the Asahi Kasei Group“s European operational headquarters, started a demonstration project to produce hydrogen from simulated wind energy in the Hydrogen City of Herten in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The joint project together with the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten will contribute to the development of an electrolysis system to produce green hydrogen on a large scale. From the beginning, the project has continuously and intensively been supported by NRW.INVEST, the Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and its Japanese subsidiary, the NRW Japan K.K., and the EnergyAgency.NRW.

Fred Toplak, mayor of Herten, comments on the joint project: „The infrastructure at the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten offers Asahi Kasei Europe an ideal environment for the set-up and system integration of its alkaline-water electrolysis system. The cooperation with Asahi Kasei Europe is a great example for project initiatives with companies engaging in future energy solutions and will help to continuously expand the Center.“

Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Europe, comments: „The energy industry in Europe is changing dramatically, with rising demand for new storage technologies and production systems for clean energy. Asahi Kasei“s alkaline-water electrolysis system is a fitting solution for these challenges. We are proud to contribute to this change, together with h2herten, as a strong local partner.“

Strengthening the cooperation with European partners
Hydrogen is a focus of increasing interest in recent years, not only in the field of energy storage (Power-to-Gas) but also as an important component of alternative fuels for automobiles (Power-to-Fuel). Europe in general and Germany in particular, with its ambitious goals for CO2 reduction, its drop-out of nuclear energy by 2022 and its high share of electric power supply from fluctuating renewable energy sources, have a high need for reliable power storage technologies.

Asahi Kasei has already succeeded in a long-term demonstration project on hydrogen production in Japan. The alkaline-water electrolysis demonstration project in Herten is the company“s second project in Europe aiming to develop an electrolysis system for the production of green hydrogen using electric power from renewable energy sources.

On November 14th 2017, Asahi Kasei Europe announced its participation in the three-year multi-partner ALIGN-CCUS project to help transform six European industrial regions into economically robust, low-carbon centres by 2025. Asahi Kasei“s alkaline-water electrolysis system will be one of the cornerstones for CO2 reuse and reduced CO2 emissions.

Asahi Kasei Europe is a member of Work Package 4 of the ALIGN-CCUS Project together with European partner companies and institutions. Work Package 4 focuses on the design, construction and operation a first-of-a-kind, full-chain CO2 capture and conversion project in an industrial environment.

About Asahi Kasei
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world. For more information, visit
www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/
www.asahi-kasei.eu/

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

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