The 1000 m² Techcenter was used to showcase Hennecke’s range of polyurethane machinery for rigid, flexible and integral skin foams, elastomers, epoxy resin systems and reactive thermoplastics among other applications.
Rolf Trippler, the managing director of sales at Hennecke, opened the series of presentations outlining the role his firm has played in developing PU processing. Hartwig Meier of Lanxess Deutschland and chairman of the kunststoffland NRW investment agency explained why North-Rhine Westphalia is one of the most important locations for the German plastic and rubber industry. State Secretary Wilhelm Schaeffer of the Ministry for Labour, Integration and Social Affairs NRW repeatedly called on the plastics industry to participate more actively in the way that the support framework for industry is designed in the region, the company said.
Hubert Ehbing from Covestro Deutschland, took a look at the future. The company is currently intensively researching the usage of CO2 as a replacement for crude oil in the production of plastic materials. Ehbing stated that he is convinced that it will gradually become possible to process ever larger amounts of CO2 in the coming years, said Hennecke.
A discussion followed, chaired by Baerbel Naderer, managing director of kunstoffland NRW which concluded that although securing specialists was a top priority for the region, and that this had proved difficult in the past, it was possible that newly-arrived refugees from Middle Eastern conflicts could offer chances to increase the innovative force in the region.
After the discussion there were factory tours and chances to operate some of the machinery, according to the firm.