Drained swamps are to be made available for agriculture. At the University of Greifswald, now a research project was started to work on together scientists from five states with representatives of small and medium-sized companies in the construction, energy and agriculture, such as the University announced on Friday. The project will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Research, with four million euros and covers an experimental area of more than 100,000 acres in eastern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The transformation of the swamps could the otherwise very high emissions of climate-damaging carbon dioxide are significantly reduced, said the university continues. Moreover, could the land for the cultivation of high-quality raw materials like reeds, grass and cattails are used. These are coveted by both to produce bioenergy, as suitable as a natural building material. Also, new management practices such as the grazing land by the water buffalo are conceivable.
The project office also represents a technical challenge, as traditional farming tools were not suitable for the moist soil. A lightweight tracked vehicle such as the reed harvest is already developed, followed by other new harvesting and processing equipment are. Also wanted to show that the farming of moorland a positive effect on the economy in underdeveloped regions, and could work against the creation of job migration.
In addition, Greifswald on the project are also feasibility studies and pilot projects in Belarus, China and Indonesia planned. The research is initially for three years.
to find food safe and easy
The range of plastics, the food quality and also detect with metal detectors is low. Here, the food industry wants for their machines, a variety of such materials. For the first time a manufacturer offers materials based on PE, POM and PA6.
Plates and round bar from MD-modified PE-UHMW: Wear-resistant plastics for food contact equipment
Photo quadrant Lenzburg, Switzerland (mg) – Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Quadrant EPP) has extended its range of PE, POM and PA6 to Metal Detectable versions (MD-modified) that are also food safe. It can now also processing machines in the food industry are equipped with these plastics.
Quadrant EPP is based in Switzerland Lenzburg, according to figures provided by the first manufacturer to come into contact with food approved, metal detectable plastic material based on polyethylene (PE), polyoxymethylene (POM) and polyamide (PA6) offers.
The food processing industry requires wear-resistant plastic parts that appeal to its material metal detectors: fragments or particles of the machine components, which dissolve possibly in the manufacturing process and fall into the food must be easy to spot – metal detectors will be used here most often.
The three new MD-modified plastics Tivar MD are based on ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), Acetron MD on the basis of POM and Nylatron MD on the basis of PA6. Acetron MD and MD Nylatron are available in blue, to allow addition of the metal detection and an optical detection, detection by X-rays is also possible.
All materials offer the required detectability of metal up to 3 mm ³ small particles. Each of them is permitted under food law with EU Directive 2002/72/EC and the standards of the FDA and also offers several specific benefits, including a high impact and wear resistance and good machinability. Thanks to the good machinability of the material can also design and manufacture complex parts.
“We have in the development of metal detectable engineering thermoplastics recognized early on that customers need a wide range of materials. It is simply not possible to develop a single plastic for all kinds of requirements, “explains Dr. Stephan Glander, Global Director of Research & Market Development at Quadrant EPP. “We are pleased to offer the food processing industry, materials that allow for very small fragments of a metal detection, and this without compromising the material properties of the base material. We are determined to expand our offerings in the future. ”
The exhibition starts in early January 2011 with the Arab Plast in Dubai. In the region, the quality of German-processing machines is appreciated.
Dubai (T) – With the Arab Plast goes from 8 to 11 January 2011 in Dubai, the first major international plastics trade fair in the year after the K on the stage. In this region, German processing equipment will be greatly appreciated. Satish Khanna, General Manager of Arab broadcaster Al-Plast-Fajer explains why: “Many customers in our market do not look so much on the price. Are you willing to spend money if the quality is right. ”
However the German exports of plastics and rubber machinery in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 2009 due to the crisis with a value of EUR 110 million almost 33% below a year earlier. Saudi Arabia holds almost 60% still the largest share of these supplies and that the decrease in 2009 was 24% below the GCC average. Second place in the consuming countries in the Gulf are at 32% the United Arab Emirates. High growth rates (92%), albeit at a low level (EUR 1.3 million), reported from exports to Bahrain.
In the current year, from January to August, almost all consumer countries of the region – except in the United Arab Emirates – a recovery from. The negative rates in German exports to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman have decreased, while Bahrain and Kuwait now back growth rates.
In four of the six countries, the German equipment supplier of the list for processing equipment users in the country. In Oman, they stood in second place behind Italy in 2009 and Kuwait in third place behind the competitors from China and Italy.