Event Date/Time: Feb 21, 2006 End Date/Time: Feb 22, 2006
Registration Date: Feb 21, 2006
Early Registration Date: Dec 21, 2005
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Rapra Technology Limited is pleased to announce the 5th International Conference on Rubber Bonding, to be held at the Holiday Inn, City Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany, from 21-22 February 2006.

The conference starts with a session on rubber to metal bonding with an overview by R Del Vecchio on comparisons between eight different types of rubber.

Automotive applications of rubber bonding are a key feature of the conference. Henkel and Polycil are giving papers on bonding of anti-vibration systems. Boss Rubber Technologies have been working on PSAs for applications such as bonding TPE weatherstrip. Chris Stevens of NGF has worked on improving rubber to glass cord bonding for automotive applications such as timing belts and EPDM weatherstrip sealing profiles. Rhodia Silicones will be discussing automotive adhesives.

There is a keynote address on tyre cord bonding from the world expert, Dr William van Ooij.
Rubber bonding must withstand increasingly aggressive and corrosive environments, particularly in automotive and oilfield applications. Thad Plasczynski is talking about the latest Rohm and Haas adhesives for metal bonding in the most severe environments and there is a case study by Marek Gnatowski on a natural rubber-steel pipeline liner bonding failure. Phoenix Rubber has been working on oilfield hoses and the issues of bonding rubber to plastic liners made of PA11 and PVDF.

Advanced Elastomer Systems will present information on new thermoplastic vulcanisates with good adhesion to engineering thermoplastics.

There are some unusual sources of inspiration in rubber bonding with Ewen Kellar describing a method of moulding a tacky profile onto elastomers, based on studies of the adhesives used by geckos to climb shear surfaces.

Environmentally-friendly rubber bonding is the aim in manufacturing. TACK-SERVICE and Lord Corporation have both made advances in this field.



Additional Information

Register before 21st December 2005 to take advantage of the special Early Bird Discount registration fee. Click to register online. Companies sending one or two delegates €850 per delegate before 21st December 2005 €1050 per delegate after 21st December 2005 Companies sending three or more delegates €750 per delegate before 21st December 2005 €950 per delegate after 21st December 2005 Registration includes a copy of the proceedings, meals and refreshments during the day.