Presenting at today's pre-K press conferences in Mainz, Germany, PolyOne, a global specialist in additive technologies highlighted a theme of metal replacement, with Anne Hippert, Marketing Director, Engineering Materials Europe emphasising the benefits of design freedom and corrosion resistance, as well as the natural advantage of weight saving.
Hippert outlined a new partnership with Matériautech, a specialist in plastic design and innovation. The new co-operation allows PolyOne customers to streamline product development at the earliest stage.
John Voyce, PolyOne GLS TPEs outlined new innovations in the healthcare sector. Versaflex HC is a new TPE designed for use in infusion therapy stoppers and septums. The product is said to offer healthcare manufacturers excellent resealing performance. It achieves the coring performances required by ISO 15759, avoiding the harmful effects of sheared off articles.
Unlike vulcanised rubber, the product is a single-step injection moulded processing material. Additionally, it can reportedly reduce design complexity, in turn keeping costs down.
Fernando Sanchez, Global Marketing Director, PolyOne Global Color, Additives & Inks described a new approach to the group's business model, based on increasing connectivity between customers - even using social media - to deliver insight and market awareness. As an additional portal, the group's 'colour inspiration' site, www.invisiocolor.com, offers a platform for customers and designers to access information on the latest colour trends and forecasts. Similarly, the recently launched OnColor iPad app offers a portfolio of colours for quick, simple selection.
Since the last K event, the group has acquired ColorMatrix, a specialist in liquid additive technologies.
Globally, the group has expanded in Brazil as well as the Middle East. Previewing the stand today, Holger Kronimus, Vice President of PolyOne Europe highlighted the planned interactivity of the group's booth, with applications to go on display for visitors to see and touch.
More to follow on PolyOne's appearance at K 2013.