Brabender Chemical’s 2017 – a year of premieres
Review of an exciting year, including the opening of new laboratories, new products and first-time trade fair participation.
The opening of the new laboratory for plastics and rubber applications in the new Customer and Technology Center at Kulturstrasse 49 in August marked the interim highlight in a year full of premieres.
The Application Lab Chemical occupies a total area of 525 square meters, of which 306 square meters are lab facilities, and provides space for both customer and internal meetings as well as for customer-specific test set-ups. Here interested guests and customers are provided with focused support and advice relating to their specific concerns.
New products are enormously popular
At the K Show last year Brabender exhibited its Winder for the first time. This winding device is suitable for both belt and roller haul-off operations involving round strands and hoses made of materials like (thermoplastic) elastomers or thermoplastics. The Winder can also be integrated into any extrusion process – even including third-party extruders - and can accommodate various types of coils. This year the downstream device was enormously popular with many Brabender customers.
The Brabender SpeciMold – also exhibited for the first time at K 2016 – aroused the interest of plenty of trade fair visitors too. This inline injection molding machine for producing samples during ongoing compounding processes was showcased at Chinaplas and Interplastica Kazan in the form of live demonstrations.
Three premieres on the Chinese market
Brabender opened its first applications lab outside of Duisburg together with its distributor Melchers Techexport GmbH at the end of March. Customers from all over Asia can now conduct tests using their own materials in facilities at Shanghai JiaoTong University. A complete extrusion line (consisting of a Plasti-Corder Lab-Station with DSE 20/40 measuring device, various feeders, water bath and pelletizer),a Plastograph EC plus with 50 EHT measuring mixer as well as an AQUATRAC-3E made by Brabender Messtechnik GmbH & Co. KG are available for testing purposes. In November Brabender conducted a software training workshop there and it was a complete success!
In May Brabender showcased an operational extrusion line including a SpeciMold live for the first time at Chinaplas 2017 in Guangzhou, Asia’s No. 1 plastics trade fair. The extrusion line, which is fed by a KE 19 compact extruder and whose samples are conducted away through the water bath and pelletizer, really caught the eye of the large number of visitors.
In September Brabender exhibited for the first time at RubberTech in Shanghai – supported by Brabender’s distributor in Asia, Melchers Techexport. As part of the regional trade fair for rubber production and processing attended by all the well-known rubber processing equipment manufacturers, the Brabender team sold several units of its Elatest (used to determine the density of rubber and rubber applications) that was exhibited at the show.
Next year also promises to be another exciting year. In 2018 Brabender Chemical will be exhibiting at a number of trade fairs including:
Interplastica 2018, Moscow: January 23-26, 2018
PlastIndia 2018, Gandhinagar – Ahmedabad, Gujarat: February 7-12, 2018
Chinaplas, Shanghai: April 24-27, 2018
Fakuma, Friedrichshafen: October 16-20, 2018
We would like to thank all our customers and partners for the confidence they have placed in us this year. We also look forward to undertaking many exciting joint projects and activities in 2018.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a successful start to the New Year!