Keep on Track, Despite Market Turmoils: The Future of Polymers
Lanxess presents a wide range of heavy duty plastics and rubbers along its new rubber joint venture Arlanxeo, in which the Cologne-based special chemicals group has bundled its rubber activities with Saudi oil giant Aramco. BASF in contrast ramps up an innovative materials portfolio consisting of insulators, poly-amides, coatings and pigments.
The chemical behemoth is especially proud of its wonder polyamide Ultramid Advanced N, which is expected to exceed conventional PPA plastics in matters of endurance and wear and tear, as well as of its simulation software Ultrasim, with which can calculate the behaviour of PU systems in foaming processes e.g. in the automotive industry reliably.
A New Industrial Revolution?
The machine builders are banking on networking: Many companies present the number 4.0 highly visible on their stands at K 2016, as they push their solutions for “smart” factories that operate within the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The 4.0 refers to Industry 4.0, a term invented in Germany in reference to what is perceived as the fourth industrial revolution.
This paradigm shift away from centralized and towards decentralized production is a challenge, especially for the polymer chemicals companies with their huge production volumes and comparatively low margins.