|Event Date/Time: Jan 24, 2006||End Date/Time: Jan 25, 2006|
|Registration Date: Jan 24, 2006|
|Early Registration Date: Nov 25, 2005|
Improvements have been made to enhance the safety of natural latexes, both by reducing the protein content and altering compounding ingredients. There are presentations from Yulex and Vystar on low protein materials and R.T. Vanderbilt will talk about new curing systems to minimise nitrosamine formation. Getahindus have worked on both protein levels and improvements in compounding.
Nanocomposites are a hot topic in all fields at the moment and there are several papers on this subject. The Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia is talking about the effects on latex properties of incorporating nanofillers and Professor Zhang (Beijing University of Chemical Technology) will be presenting his work on preparing latex nanocomposites.
There is great potential for synthetic latex markets to expand as manufacturers consider replacement materials for natural latex. Synthomer will be talking about their latest work on nitrile latex, whilst Robinson Brothers have worked on acceleration systems for synthetic polyisoprene.
Compounding of latex will be discussed including antimicrobial systems. Professor Magaraphan from Thailand will be demonstrating the effects of fillers on latex surface properties. SSL International is giving an overview of compounding.
Quality control is a very important factor in manufacturing today. There is a presentation from TF Instruments on latex quality control and Dr. Steffen Bodemeier will talk about testing condoms. SMTL has been testing medical gloves for over 20 years and will be giving an overview of their findings. Stapleford Scientific Services are talking about the shelf-life of latex medical products. Isotron are presenting information on effective sterilisation.
New applications of latex will be presented. Rapra has worked on an absorbent material, whilst Revertex have developed latex for asphalt applications in road surfaces