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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.”

Monday, October 22, 2018

Rubber industry sees price hikes for raw materials and distribution - click to expand

Global solution styrene butadiene rubber market forecast to grow at CAGR of 9.2 percent through 2026 - click to expand

Goodyear helps two million truckers over the past 10 years - click to expand

Camso opens new off-road tire manufacturing facility in Peosta, Iowa - click to expand

Book of the Week: 2018 Blue Book - Materials, Compounding Ingredients and Services for the Rubber Industry - now available - click to expand

Friday, October 19, 2018

TBC Corporation finalizes rebranding of Merchant's locations to NTB Tire & Service Centers - click to expand

Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman - click to expand

Rain-X launches precision-engineered silicone rubber wiper blade - click to expand

Scientists backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invent self-lubricating condom - click to expand

Goodyear announces increase in quarterly dividend to 16 cents per share - click to expand

Global rubber transmission belt market forecast to reach $4.41 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Thursday, October 18, 2018

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon - click to expand

Indian researchers attempt breeding dual use rubber clones for latex and pulp - click to expand

Isoprene rubber latex market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7 percent through 2025 - click to expand

Session on natural rubber and its future to be held during EU Raw Materials Week - click to expand

Rubber process oil market is projected to reach $2.33 billion by 2023 - click to expand

ARPM announces winners of third annual Educational Outreach Contest - click to expand

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Global styrene butadiene rubber market forecast to reach $14.75 billion by 2026 - click to expand

2018 Winthrop Sears Medal awarded to Dr. George Corbin of Solvay Specialty Polymers - click to expand

Apollo Tyres promotes Benoit Rivallant to president of its European operations - click to expand

PolyOne opens state-of-the-art thermoplastic elastomer production line in India - click to expand

Vietnam ranks third in natural rubber exports - click to expand

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bridgestone Sports uses tire technology to create new line of golf shoes - click to expand

Goodyear introduces Roll by Goodyear shopping and installation experience - click to expand

Kraiburg TPE to unveil thermoplastic elastomer hybrid material at Fakuma 2018 - click to expand

Yokohama launches procurement policy for sustainable natural rubber - click to expand

Two of three Active Mineral plants resume operation after Hurricane Michael - click to expand

Isoprene rubber latex market forecast to reach $340 million by 2025 - click to expand

Monday, October 15, 2018

Mike Norman appointed Chief Commercial Officer at VMI - click to expand

Bridgestone to launch new low-friction elastic sliding bearings - click to expand

Toyo Tire wins 2018 Good Design award for its M925 snow tire - click to expand

Injection molding machine market is projected to reach $19.68 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Cooper Tire Europe announces closure of Melksham, England tire production facility - click to expand

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics to be acquired by the investment firm KKR - click to expand

Market Reports

Global rubber diaphragm market forecast to reach $11.4 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Global fast curing nitrile butadiene rubber market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% through 2026 - click to expand

Global sheet molding compound market is expected to reach an estimated $3.2 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global rubber transmission belt market forecast to reach at $4.41 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global solution styrene butadiene rubber market forecast to grow at CAGR of 9.2 percent through 2026 - click to expand

Rubber process oil market is projected to reach $2.33 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Isoprene rubber latex market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7 percent through 2025 - click to expand

Global styrene butadiene rubber market forecast to reach $14.75 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Isoprene rubber latex market forecast to reach $340 million by 2025 - click to expand

Injection molding machine market is projected to reach $19.68 billion by 2023 - click to expand

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