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Intertek highlights degradation and stabilization of plastic materials
Matching innovation of polymer materials and product performance with regulatory compliance
Polymer materials, used in automotive, packaging, electronics, consumer products and medical device applications can be exposed to heat, sunlight, gases (including air), mechanical stress or chemical substances, all of which may cause irreversible degradation and impact the material’s properties such as color, strength, hardness and flexibility. Choosing the right polymer for an application is fundamental to achieving quality products; however, by understanding degradation, and knowing how to test materials and implement polymer stabilization strategies, an innovator can match the material’s properties to the application whilst meeting expected performance and regulatory compliance requirements.
Aimed at delegates involved in research and development in the polymer and polymer application industries, the seminar will take place on the 2nd-3rd March 2016 in Basel – Switzerland. Technical experts from Intertek will share their knowledge to help address some of the major industry challenges of polymer application
Dr Gilbert Ligner, VP of Materials Science and Managing Director, Intertek Switzerland. “The plastic industry is a key contributor to many innovations achieved in the last 20 years across sectors like construction, transportation or healthcare. Innovators in these sectors were able to develop new products based on new polymeric materials, designed for their new applications. At the same time, regulations and substance restriction rules have evolved to ensure environmental and consumer protection. Therefore, in today’s marketplace, where it is more important than ever to maintain a competitive edge, companies are facing the challenge to match innovation and product performance with regulatory compliance.”
Intertek’s polymer testing laboratories in Switzerland, Netherlands and UK have worked with innovators in the polymer industry and industries that use polymers for over two decades. Polymer scientists, engineers, chemists and regulatory experts support clients to continually enhance polymer performance through consulting, advanced analytics, application testing and/or compounding on pilot line facilities, supporting innovation, product development and quality improvement across numerous sectors including packaging, consumer products, automotive and aerospace.
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