The developments in the mobility sector are increasingly placing more complex demands on plastics: The shift towards electrical drive technologies results in the fact that plastics, in addition to their good electrical properties, high non-inflammability and higher continuous operating temperatures, must also have a high chemical resistance against electrolytes and coolants. Moreover, there are high mechanical requirements for strengths, stiffnesses and abrasion due to the necessity for weight reduction. Crosslinking of technical thermoplastics through electron beams provides an alternative to the use of metallic materials and costly high-performance plastics. BGS experts will explain the role of radiation crosslinked plastics for future mobility concepts in Hall 8A / D47 at the K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf from October 16 – October 23, 2019.
“This year, we are not only providing information about radiation crosslinking in general and thus the refinement of various types of plastics using beta and gamma rays”, explains Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director of BGS. “The focus is primarily on the potential that our technology brings about for electro mobility and light construction. Here, amongst other things, we see the potential in the field of energy distribution, storage or production of energy in batteries or fuel cells, but also for the use of thermoplastic composite materials and/or organic sheets in light construction.
Through radiation crosslinking, technical plastics receive the mechanical, thermal and chemical properties of high-performance plastics. After that, the products prove themselves for use under conditions which they would normally not withstand otherwise. Among the customers of the radiation expert that has been active since 1981 are well-known manufacturers from the electrical technology, automotive industry as well as building technology and mechanical engineering sectors.
The K is the world’s largest trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, gathering the most important providers of plastics and rubber machines, raw materials and auxiliaries as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastic products in one place. The K is complemented by the special show “Plastics Shape the Future”, where current topics are discussed such as packaging waste and climate change on one hand as well as preservation of natural resources, energy efficiency and recycling management on the other hand. On the eight days of the trade fair, 3,000 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend. More information about the K can be found at www.k-online.de.
In the 26th edition of the innovation competition TOP 100, BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH & Co. KG has secured its position among the best: At the awards ceremony held on June 28 in the Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, the company was officially honoured for its innovative strength by Ranga Yogeshwar, the mentor of the competition, and Professor Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific leader of the contest. On the basis of a scientific classification, TOP 100 assesses the innovation management of small and medium-sized enterprises and the innovative accomplishments that emerge from this. In the independent selection process, BGS convinced the jury especially in the category “innovative measures to support top management” as well as with its external orientation.The company with currently 180 employees fits smoothly into the ranks of the innovation leaders of Germany’s small and medium-sized enterprises.
“We are very pleased about the award and consider it a confirmation of our work”, comments Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director of BGS. “At our company, innovative strength is not only reflected in our open-mindedness towards innovative ideas, but in particular, in the ongoing development of solution ideas for our customers and the continuous research of new application areas for our services.”
In addition to the sterilization of medical devices amongst other things, the Top Innovator, founded in Wiehl near Cologne in 1981, has specialised in the processing of plastics for electrical technology, the automotive industry and mechanical engineering. Radiation crosslinking makes inexpensive commodity plastics more robust, heat-proof and resistant against abrasion and corrosive chemicals – the process is comparable to the tempering of metals. In this way, metallic materials can be replaced by plastics without using expensive high-performance plastics – a technology where Dr. Ostrowicki sees great potential in lightweight construction, for example in the automotive industry. Meanwhile, the company operates two gamma radiation plants and eight electron accelerators at its locations in Wiehl, Bruchsal and Saal a. d. Donau, and is Germany’s leading service provider for the treatment of products with accelerated electrons (beta rays) and gamma rays.
About the TOP 100 Competition
Since 1993, compamedia GmbH has awarded the TOP 100 seal of approval for outstanding innovative strength and above-average innovation achievements to small and medium-sized enterprises. Professor Dr. Nikolaus Franke has been head of the scientific management since 2002. Dr. Franke is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Mentor of TOP 100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW). As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W&V support the comparisons between the companies. More information at www.top100.de.