High Performance Fillers 2006
|Event Date/Time: Mar 21, 2006||End Date/Time: Mar 22, 2006|
|Registration Date: Mar 21, 2006|
|Early Registration Date: Jan 21, 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.