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Learn more about latest global TPE market trends reported by Smithers Rapra and IAL Consultants. The TPE Magazine team is especially pleased to publish in this issue some of the latest research results from Goodyear Medalist and “Rubber City Girl” Judit Puskas about filler interaction in TPE composites. Experts from Kraiburg TPE introduce low emission compounds for automotive interiors. Günter Scholz from BASF shares new aspects on TPEs with us. And last but not least – read a summary of the meeting of Germany’s TPE network TPE-Forum at the premises of the Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden.

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The APS Elastomers’ polyether-based Zythane 7000 series of non-halogen flame retardant TPU just received the UL flame rating of V-0. The products are formulated for both injection moulding and extrusion applications with ease of processing. Typical applications include cable sheathing, spiral and pneumatic tubing, film, irrigation hoses, conveyor hoses, hydraulic hoses, flat flex cables, and automotive sensor cables.

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The annual trade show JEC World is a must for the global composites industry but definitely not a platform where you would expect to see interesting and innovative applications involving thermoplastic elastomers. Although at this year’s JEC World held from 12-14 March in Paris, KraussMaffei showed a successful combination of its proprietary FiberForm process and swivel plate technology for multi-component injection moulding: a centre armrest for the automotive interior with a pleasant to touch TPE surface . The FiberForm process developed by KraussMaffei combines the thermoforming of organo sheets and injection moulding into one process. This process results in fibre-reinforced plastic components that are particularly lightweight yet feature a high level of strength.

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Demonstrating how it inspires ingenuity in plastics was the focus of Huntsman at Chinaplas this May. At the show, Huntsman highlighted its expertise in polyurethane-based elastomers. Huntsman also promoted its Elastamine polyetheramine products, which can boost the performance of engineering plastics and fibres.

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BASF plans to build a TPU as well as an engineering plastics compounding plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. The company said that these will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site. The TPU plant will have a capacity of 32,000 t/y; the engineering plastics compounding plant will supply a capacity of 60,000 t/y of these products.

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Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE) is a new unified digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products. The IT platform is available to be used by converters since 25 April 2019. It was developed by EuPC in cooperation with its members and in support to the European Commission’s EU Plastics Strategy. Its objective is to monitor and register the plastics converting industry’s efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million t of recycled polymers used annually between 2025 and 2030.

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Smarter Shows has announced the early confirmed speakers and featured topics for the Foam Expo Europe Conference, which will take place from 10 - 12 September 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Over 50 industry leaders will provide interactive discussions focusing on the latest foam industry developments, innovations and technologies.

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The Supervisory Board of Lanxess AG has appointed Anno Borkowsky to the Board of Management of the specialty chemicals company. At the same time, the structure of the Specialty Additives segment will change as of 1 June 2019 and will then comprise three business units instead of two.

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In line with the vision that post-consumer plastic waste is too valuable for single use, OMV and Borealis are exploring the potential for synergies in the OMV ReOil innovation project: Borealis is a major polyolefin producer and has acquired two recycling companies as part of its focus on developing a roadmap for the circular economy. OMV has been exploring the potential of post-consumer plastics since 2011 and is now working on scaling up the ReOil process.

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At Chinaplas 2019 Kraiburg TPE will highlight TPE compounds that are food-safe for various applications in the consumer, food packaging and toy industries and that comply with China GuoBiao (GB) standards. The company said that it is an exceptional achievement to meet the Asian country’s stringent local regulations and standards.

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Lanxess has entered into close collaboration with Citrine Informatics, a US-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert specialising in data-driven materials development. The companies have launched a pilot project aimed at gauging the potential of Artificial Intelligence for the plastics production. The aim is to further optimise the glass fibres that Lanxess uses for reinforcing many of its plastic compounds.

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