K Trade Fair 2019: BGS provides information about new applications for radiation cross-linked plastics at the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber


K Trade Fair 2019: BGS provides information about new applications for radiation cross-linked plastics at the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber

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. Cross-linking 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 cross-linked 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 cross-linking 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 cross-linking, 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.

About the K Trade Fair

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.


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Excellent innovative strength and innovative achievements: BGS is TOP 100 Innovator

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 sterilisation 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 cross-linking 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.

BGS Geschäftsführer, Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki (li.), und Stefan Semmel (re.), Leiter Prozesse und Technik, nahmen die Auszeichnung von TOP 100-Mentor, Ranga Yogeshwar, entgegen
BGS Managing Director Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki (left) and Stefan Semmel, Director of Processes and Technology (right) with TOP 100-Mentor Ranga Yogeshwar. © KD Busch / compamedia

Event note: BGS at IMRP19 (April 1 – 5, 2019)

“Where Business and Science Connect”: Under this motto, the International Irradiation Association (iia) has invited the players in the irradiation industry to its 19th industry get-together, the International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP). Organised in intervals of 2 to 3 years, this major international event is returning to Europe in 2019: Strasbourg will host the IMRP event from April 1 – 5, 2019. In workshops and talks, researchers, developers and entrepreneurs will present and discuss trends and new opportunities in the sterilisation technology and radiation crosslinking.

BGS will be represented at IMRP19 with three talks on the following topics:

  • Monday, April 1, 2019:
    “Building a gamma irradiator in times of homeland security experiences from Germany”
    Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019
    “New Opportunities in Radiation Crosslinking”
    Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019:
    “Cutting-edge technologies for irradiation crosslinking and sterilisation in industrial processes”
    Dr. Dirk Fischer, Head of Application Development

In addition, visitors to IMRP19 have the possibility to register for a tour of the BGS plant in Bruchsal. Amongst other things, participants await an insight into the production processes of the world’s most modern gamma radiation plant. The guided tour begins on Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. in Strasbourg and ends about 1:00 p.m. in Bruchsal.

You will find more detailed information about IMRP19 at: 

Complex and Flexible at the same Time

The company BGS, established in 1981 and headquartered in Wiehl near Cologne, covers two major areas of activity: Radiation sterilisation and refinement of materials. With its other branches in Saal an der Donau and Bruchsal, the radiation specialist is represented at three locations in Germany. In an interview with our editorial team, Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director of BGS, provides more details. read more

Radiation sterilisation firm expands in the UK

BGS Beta-Gamma-Service, the German market leader for radiation sterilisation, is set to expand its activities in the UK and will promote its services for the first time at Health GB Manchester from 30 April to 2 May. “The UK market for medical devices is the third largest in Europe and has a significant demand for high-quality sterilisation services”, says Dr Andreas Ostrowicki, the company’s CEO.

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BGS: Cooperation with Nordion for new gamma radiation plant

Expansion of sterilization capacities in Bruchsal

Wiehl/Ottawa, May 12, 2016: BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH (BGS) is investing in a new gamma radiation plant in Bruchsal, drawing upon the expertise of Nordion Inc. of Canada. BGS has previously cooperated with the Canadian manufacturer of cobalt-60 and gamma irradiators on the first gamma plant at BGS headquarters in Wiehl 20 years ago. BGS and Nordion have now developed a flexible and efficient gamma plant specifically designed to meet the requirements of BGS and the Bruchsal location.

This new gamma radiation plant means an expansion of capacities for BGS – in particular to meet growing demand from the medical technology and biotech industries in the field of sterilization. Delivery and installation of the new plant is scheduled for Q1 2017, with the start of operation in mid-2017. The medium-sized, family-run company is once again relying on Nordion technology for the new plant. BGS purchased its gamma radiation plant in Wiehl from the Canadian experts in 1997, continuously developing it to meet the company’s requirements. Nordion has also been providing BGS with the cobalt-60 required for the plant for many years. “We congratulate BGS on this important expansion project in the field of gamma radiation services in Germany and are proud to be a part of this project,” says Eric Beers, Sr. Director of Sales and Marketing at Nordion.

Increased demand and sustainable expansion strategy

At maximum utilization, the new gamma radiation plant in Bruchsal has an annual capacity of 80,000 pallets. It was specifically designed based on the experience of both companies to meet BGS’ requirements. The plant is currently in the approval phase and, as things currently stand, should be completed as scheduled. BGS is investing €14 million in the new plant. “For the medical technology and biotech industries – which are particularly significant to Baden-Württemberg as well as to the whole of Germany – having high-quality sterilization services in sufficient capacity is extremely important,” explains Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director of BGS. “The new plant enables us to respond to the rise in demand from our regional customers and further pursue sustainable expansion.”

With gamma radiation technology, pathogenic germs, mold and spores are destroyed without chemical residues, enabling safe, quick and gentle sterilization of medical products, biotech products and pharmaceutical primary packaging. This also applies to packaging in other sectors such as the foodstuffs industry and to raw materials in the fields of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In order to ensure safe consumption, a broad range of imported consumer goods is irradiated to eliminate harmful germs.

About BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH & Co. KG

BGS is one of the leading service providers in the field of industrial applications of beta and gamma radiation for sterilization and radiation crosslinking. With beta and gamma rays, pathogenic germs are destroyed quickly, safely and in a way that is environmentally friendly. As an industry pioneer, the medium-sized, family-run company has contributed to the development of what have become established methods since 1981. BGS operates one gamma radiation plant and eight electron accelerators at three locations (Wiehl, Bruchsal, Saal). The company employs more than 145 people and is the largest company of its kind in Germany.