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Wacker confers Innovation Award for the development of novel binders for adhesives and coatings

  10/12/2018 - Munich, Germany - WACKER has conferred this year’s Alexander Wacker Innovation Award on Dr. Lars Zander and Dr. Volker Stanjek from the WACKER SILICONES business division in recognition of their work on the development of new binders. The chemists found a way to combine hard phenyl silicone resins with elastic hybrid polymers so as to produce products with enhanced property profiles. Such binders are well suited to the formulation of high-performance, extremely strong adhesives and sealants, wood varnishes and floor-coating materials. The award which includes €10,000 prize money was presented yesterday during WACKER’s annual research symposium held in Burghausen, Germany. WACKER Executive Board member Dr. Christian Hartel (right) and Dr. Christoph Kowitz (left), head of corporate R&D, with this year’s winners of the Alexander Wacker Innovation Award Dr. Volker Stanjek (second from left) and Dr. Lars Zander. (Photo: Wacker Chemie AG) Volker Stanjek, a chemist in the Construction Silicones business unit, is the first employee to win the coveted award for the second time. The silanes expert was part of a trio that received the award back in 2008 for their work on alpha-silanes. “Through his work on developing alpha-silane technology, Mr. Stanjek laid the chemical groundwork for the innovation that we are honoring today,” said WACKER Executive Board member Dr. Christian Hartel at the award ceremony. “This illustrates the innovation potential which this technology has to offer.” WACKER has been producing silane-terminated polymers based on the alpha-silane technology under the brand name GENIOSIL® STP E since 2005. These hybrid polymers, which cure rapidly in air by virtue of their reactive silyl groups, are chiefly used in adhesives and sealants, such as parquet adhesives. WACKER has achieved considerable success with such products in recent years. Now, Zander and Stanjek went a step further. They combined the extremely elastic hybrid polymers with relatively hard phenyl silicone resins to develop binders that possess high mechanical strength – a combination that cannot otherwise be achieved in a binder with either silicones or hybrid polymers. Different silicone resins can now be used to vary properties such as hardness, elasticity and tensile strength to match new application areas. The new binders are thus suited not only to the formulation of extremely strong adhesives, but also to the production of joint mortars, crack-filling compounds, paints, tile adhesives and wear-resistant coatings for concrete floors. “Thanks to Lars Zander’s and Volker Stanjek’s new technology, we can now offer binders that stand up to any comparison with polyurethane and epoxy based systems in terms of hardness and tensile strength and which have several benefits,” emphasized Hartel. The new products have more to offer than very good mechanical properties. Unlike many competition products, they are also free of isocyanates and heavy-metal catalysts. “Providing sustainable products is increasingly important. This makes our new binders very attractive for customers,” said Hartel. The WACKER Executive Board member was also optimistic about future marketing opportunities. “This technology gives us the capability to develop tailor-made binders for various adhesives and coatings suited for new, lucrative applications. The demand for such products will increase significantly over the next years.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Chicago Rubber Group announces spring technical meeting - click to expand

Continental conveyor belt plant celebrates 80th anniversary - click to expand

Dow expands its dielectric gels portfolio with three new heat-resistant silicone pottants - click to expand

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Flocculant and coagulant market is expected to exceed more than $6.50 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Lubrizol to feature new Bio TPU grades for 3D printing and molded parts at Plastteknik Fair 2019 - click to expand

Kraton Corporation announces appointment of chief financial officer - click to expand

Cambodia's rubber exports increased 23 percent for the first quarter - click to expand

Global medical elastomer market forecast at $9.8 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bridgestone wins Environmental Achievement of the Year award - click to expand

Global market for liquid silicone rubber forecast at $7.9 billion by 2026 - click to expand

International Elastomer Conference to hold pre-conference workshop for women - click to expand

Kobe Steel turns Indian rubber machinery joint venture into wholly owned subsidiary - click to expand

Process oil market forecast to reach $5.6 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Friday, April 19, 2019

Bridgestone wins tire design rights infringement lawsuit in China - click to expand

Global elastomer coated fabrics market is expected to exceed $12 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies board of management realigns with retirement of COO - click to expand

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Smithers Rapra announces introductory webinar on tire components - click to expand

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Elastocon TPE Technologies acquired by Aurora Plastics - click to expand

Conductive silicone rubber market estimated to reach $8.69 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Rubber molding market forecast to reach $51.4 billion by 2026 - click to expand

TechnoBiz announces Asia Rubber Industry Training Week - click to expand

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rubber Division, ACS, 195th Technical Meeting to be held April 30 through May 2 - click to expand

Global acrylic elastomer market projected to reach $1.15 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Sirrus completes construction of $2 million bench plant expansion to increase monomers production - click to expand

Rubber Consultants opens rubber engineering laboratory in Hertford, U.K. - click to expand

R.D. Abbott and Dow will 3D print heat-cured silicone parts at RAPID + TCT - click to expand

Market Reports

Global thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers market forecast with a CAGR of 5.4% through 2027 - click to expand

Silicone sealants market forecast to reach $3.8 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Healthcare adhesive tapes market is forecast to reach $37.3 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global aircraft tires market forecast to reach $1.75 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global polychloroprene market forecast to exceed $2.28 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Flocculant and coagulant market is expected to exceed more than $6.50 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Global medical elastomer market forecast at $9.8 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global market for liquid silicone rubber forecast at $7.9 billion by 2026 - click to expand

The processed oil market forecast to reach $5.6 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global acrylic elastomer market is projected to reach $1.15 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Global elastomer coated fabrics market is expected to exceed $12 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Conductive silicone rubber market estimated to reach $8.69 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Rubber molding market forecast to reach $51.4 billion by 2026 - click to expand

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