Event Date/Time: Mar 21, 2006 End Date/Time: Mar 22, 2006
Registration Date: Mar 21, 2006
Early Registration Date: Jan 21, 2006
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Rapra Technology Limited is pleased to announce the Second 2-day International Conference on High Performance Fillers to take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Cologne City Centre, Germany from 21-22 March 2006.

Fillers are used in polymers for a variety of reasons: cost reduction, improved processing, density control, optical effects, thermal conductivity, control of thermal expansion, electrical properties, magnetic properties, flame retardancy and improved mechanical properties, such as hardness and tear resistance. Each filler type has different properties and these in turn are influenced by the particle size, shape and surface chemistry.

The filler market in Europe and NAFTA is estimated at about 7.5 million tonnes, with a value of about 3 to 4 billion Euro. The size of the high-performance filler market is estimated at between 0.5 and 1 M tonnes with a value between 400 and 600 M Euro. Filler surface modifiers are important in many applications and are dominated by fatty acids and organosilanes. Significant market growth is taking place in several areas, particularly in composites using nanofillers, natural fibres or fire-retardant fillers.

This conference focuses on developments in High Performance Fillers from established materials to the latest innovations. There are presentations on many different types of fillers from flash calcined clays (Imerys), diatomaceous earths and perlites (World Minerals), aluminas (Sasol), natural fibres (Queens’s University Belfast), titanium oxides (Oxonica), mica (Quartzwerke), wollastonite (RT Vanderbilt), pigments (Eckhart) and glass foam (Trovotech) to nanographite (State University of Michigan), POSS (Hybrid Plastics) and nanocomposites (Prof Camino, Prof Kenig, S Dunger). BASF AG and Electrolux will discuss filler interactions with other compounding ingredients, whilst surface modification with silanes will be presented by Dow Corning.


Habsburgerring 9-13, Köln, 50674 Germany

Additional Information

This conference will appeal to compounders, moulders, processors, materials specialists, polymer engineers and researchers in polymer science, together with end users of polymer materials. Come and update your knowledge and discuss the issues with experts in this field. Early Registration Offers Register before 21 January 2006 to take advantage of the special Early Bird Discount registration fee. Companies sending one or two delegates €850 per delegate before 21 January 2006 €1050 per delegate after 21 January 2006 Companies sending three or more delegates €750 per delegate before 21 January 2006 €950 per delegate after 21 January 2006