Smithers Rapra: Speaking again at Silicone Elastomers World Summit 2017 on an update of your 2016 presentation, what new information can the delegates hope to learn from your presentation?
Markus Landl: This year’s presentation has a completely different topic compared to the last year’s presentation. In 2016 I gave an overall picture about this High-Tech Market and stated, why mold making has a substantial influence on the production. The focus was on production-efficiency and on the requirements which are essential in this market for a supplier to industry.
This year’s presentation is all about Multi-Shot Technology with LSR, the combination of multiple materials within a moulding process. I always believe that you have to know a little bit about the history in order to draw a picture of the present and the future in a competent way. Therefore a part of the presentation is about the development of this Multi-Shot Technology, about the first applications and about the development of the corresponding production technologies, especially the mold-technologies. At the very beginning of the development, the major topic was, if the combination of a cross linking material and a thermoplastic can be put into practice at all. Nowadays the question to be asked and answered is: How can we make use of this innovative and ground-breaking technology in a perfect sense. Therefore, a major part of the presentation will be about the decision considerations for this cutting-edge technology. I will touch the key points for the decision-making process when including a multi-shot part into products. Further, I will add a case study to the presentation, an example for production excellence in practice, if we want to look at it that way. Finally I will give a brief future-outlook for this technology. I would like to motivate the audience to look at this technology from different perspectives for future applications in this field.
Smithers Rapra: Within the industry you serve, what changes or developments have you noticed recently?
Markus Landl: The change I have noticed in the last couple of years is, that LSR becomes more and more attractive for a wide range of applications across the complete plastics-industry. The “fear of contact” with this material, this technology, more and more disappears. This is a positive movement for the complete silicone-industry. I personally believe that this is due to the dissemination of the knowledge to a wider audience. High-level events like the Silicone Elastomers World Summit surely had a big impact on this.
Smithers Rapra: What are you most looking forward to by attending the Silicone Elastomers World Summit 2017?
Markus Landl: I hope to learn more about recent developments within the industry and have a chance to talk to the experts at the event.