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The discussion about possible plagiarism in the book of the German Green Party
chancellor candidate has already almost disappeared from the headlines because of
the terrible flood disaster in Germany. In defence of Annalena Baerbock’s “writing”,
lawyers argued, among other things, that the criticized passages were not plagiarism
because the book was not a scientific work, but just a non-fiction book. This
argumentation, which may be legally correct but is morally highly dubious, has
been tackled by the historian Julien Reitzenstein in a clever commentary:
“Hannah Arendt once said that it is not the case that the thief does not know
the property right. He allowed himself an exception in his favour. Baerbock did the
same. She knew authors had worked for the texts she copied. She allowed herself
an exception in her favour.” *
The creation of texts is, as Reitzenstein very correctly points out, a laborious and
usually not particularly well-paid business. It must have been clear to the highly
paid Green politician that the text passages with which she and her ghostwriter
filled the 240 pages by copy and paste were created by people who do not belong
to the top earners and that such impudence further encourages theft of intellectual
property that deprive the livelihood of many self-employed authors. Would
one want to put the fate of an entire nation in the hands of a person with such a
skewed understanding of property? Probably not. And now a second edition is to
be published! One is tempted to advise the publisher not to exacerbate the current
shortage of paper with another edition of “Baerbockiana”.
In my role as editor, I am pleased to publish a whole series of guaranteed plagiarism-
free articles by renowned TPE experts in the current issue of TPE Magazine.
A big thank you to Prashant Bhadane, Bob Eller, Lukas Kling, Roberto Molteni,
Roberto Mariotti and Stefan Zepnik for the articles in this issue.
* Julien Reitzenstein. Wie hältst Du es mit dem Eigentum? Cicero online, 12 July 2021
https://www.cicero.de/innenpolitik/baerbock-debatte-wie-halst-du-es-mit-dem-eigentum (last accessed, 19 July 2021)
German manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery can look back positively on 2020, a year marked by the coronavirus, and despite the exceptional overall situation. “After a difficult start, which was characterised by major challenges including a lockdown, incoming orders showed a rapid increase from the summer onwards,” said Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association in the VDMA. This was particularly noticeable in those sectors where hygiene is important, i.e. mainly in the packaging and medical industries.
The proliferation of data from 5G and other systems has resulted in the demand for a new generation of smart TPEs capable of being integrated into devices with the ability to send and receive electronic signals. This has created new paths to market for smart TPEs in the medical device and automotive sector (role in electric vehicles, EVs) and other sectors in which the sharp increase in need for data management and the ability to send and receive electronics signals is a key functional value.
Huntsman has developed Irogran A 85 P 4394 HR thermoplastic polyurethane for technical extrusion parts and blown film applications. The material is said to offer improvements over previous generation technologies when it comes to durability, production efficiency and reducing manufacturing waste. The product is the latest addition to an established family of elastomer products from Huntsman, which are renowned for their performance in a diverse range of industrial and consumer applications.
According to Messe Düsseldorf, now that the deadline for registrations for K 2022 has been reached, it is clear that the interest taken by exhibitors in the world’s most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 19 to 26 October 2022, continues unabated. “K 2022 will again occupy the entire fairgrounds,” said Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, and added: “When talking to exhibitors we feel that there is an enormous demand for personal exchange on a global level.”
AMI Consulting has published the new edition of its market report that analyses the use of polymeric materials in the European cables industry. This niche but high value market saw an increase of 2.8 % per year between 2016 and 2019. During this time, the problems suffered by the automotive sector offset the growth seen across other applications such as renewables or telecommunications. Over 1.3 million t of polymeric materials was used in cable production during 2019. In 2020, the industry was negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular during the first half of the year. However, the market has seen a strong beginning of 2021 and it is expected to reach pre-Covid levels despite the raw material sourcing issues faced across the supply chain early in the year.
The drive towards sustainability has gained such momentum in the last decade that it has become top of the agenda for many industry conferences. Millennials and society in general are becoming more conscious of the products they use and their impact on the environment. Initiatives like the EU Green Deal and CHINA VI which are stimulating the automotive value chain to constantly consider how new sustainability objectives can be achieved, only underline this movement. Value chains and brand owners have already made aspirations to use materials made using or incorporating recycled content.
Where does this transition start? How can it be seamlessly implemented without compromising a company’s competitiveness? What is taken into consideration when assessing a product that is made using post-consumer recycled material? If “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” is ones aim, the management of the product’s end-of-life (EOL) becomes an important step in closing the loop.
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are frequently used nowadays in a wide range of applications from seals to hard/soft parts. This is mainly due to their interesting properties such as high elasticity, good resilience, easy coloring, good recyclability as well as thermoplastic processability. The penetration of electronics in more and more everyday equipment, combined with the versatile characteristics of TPEs, means that their electrical conductivity is also becoming an increasingly important property for a wide range of applications in the automotive, E & E and mechanical engineering sectors. During development of conductive TPEs, various criteria must be taken into account and fulfilled, thus making it a complex challenge. The following technical paper aims to describe essential criteria for the production of electrically conductive TPVs, using Alfater XL EC as an example.
To fight climate change and to achieve the mandatory climate goals set by the politics, many companies implemented in the past years a climate management system and aim to drastically reduce their emissions within the next few years. The carbon footprint summarizes the total greenhouse emissions caused by a person, an organization, a service or a product – and it is widely accepted as good way to measure emissions and their variation over years.
The pandemic has brought many changes in our lifestyle; some of which are destined to remain the heritage of our culture: the greater use of personal protective equipment in the professional sphere is certainly the most evident change. Like the world of food packaging, even for the personal protective equipment, the use of reusable devices is establishing the detriment of disposable; this trend brings the need to have materials that allow easy and effective sanitization of the devices. Therefore, it makes sense to talk about the processes typically used for sanitation. In the medical sector, the autoclave sterilization process is commonly applied by hospitals to clothing, personal protective equipment, medical devices and equipment.
In April 2020 Jochen Schneider joined the “TPE freaks” of Hexpol TPE GmbH in Lichtenfels, Germany, as managing director. In a talk with TPE Magazine he describes the situation how it was to take over a leading position in a time when no physical meetings were possible.