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Infinergy is ideally suited for fall protection flooring. (Source: BASF)

BASF and Sport Group have started a cooperation for the distribution and installation of a new, sustainable flooring system with Infinergy. BASF offers Infinergy, the first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) for flooring systems. The high-performance material is said to have a very good environmental profile and is Oeko-Tex certified. Function, stability and environmental compatibility have been extensively tested and make Infinergy a forward-looking alternative to previously used materials, said BASF. In addition, the product ensures a production cycle without residual waste, because it can be fully recovered and reused without harmful residues. In the outdoor sector, the material can be used as an elastic layer for unsealed, sustainable and environmentally friendly sports facilities, running tracks and playgrounds.

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Multiple TPE/TPV/PP material combinations were successfully extruded with different profile geometries. (Source: Teknor Apex)

Teknor Apex has announced the addition of an Arvitec co-extrusion line in their application development laboratory in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, enhancing the capabilities of their European Center of Excellence for plastics research and development. This extrusion line has been completely commissioned and trialed and is ready to support clients’ development projects as well as internal company development projects.

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Kraiburg TPE announced that it has entered into a partnership with the digital platform Brain of Materials. The compounder pointed out in a statement this will enable the company to make its innovative materials with all their technical data directly available to developers and manufacturers from various industries for integration into product development processes. By using Brain of Materials, the company now provides its customers and interested parties with further digital access to technical data and material details for seamless integration into development processes.

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PLASTICS has released a report that finds plastics to be more sustainable than alternative materials when life cycle assessments are taken into consideration. (Source: PLASTICS)

On 26 October 2021, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) published a report that analyzes scientific data on the environmental impacts of plastics and finds plastics to be more sustainable than alternative materials when life cycle assessments are taken into consideration. The report, authored by environmental scientist Kenneth Green and titled “Plastics and Sustainability,” further finds that eliminating plastics would be detrimental to ongoing sustainability efforts and that enhancing recycling systems is a practical solution.

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Actega DS supplies PVC-free solutions for drip chambers. (Source: Actega DS)

Manufacturers of medical devices deal intensively with the materials to be used before the development phase. In the field of plastics, PVC has proven itself for many medical applications. As for infusion systems each system comprises a pin, a drip chamber, a transparent infusion line, a flow controller and a connector. This material is increasingly subject to criticism, e.g. because of problems with plasticizers. With serious possible consequences: PVC plasticizers can be released. Certain active ingredients can also form deposits on the surface of the PVC material which impairs the effect of the respective drug. Medical products that are produced in very large numbers must, on the one hand, be economical to manufacture despite the highest demands on product safety and hygiene. On the other hand, the requirements are constantly increasing to ensure the health of staff and patients.

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Aerial view of the designated location in North Sea Port in Vlissingen. (Source: Peter Buteijn)

On 20 October 2021, Neste and Ravago announced that they aim to establish a joint venture to build an industrial facility for chemical recycling in North Sea Port in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The facility is intended to be the starting point of joint global chemical recycling activities, built upon the advancement of the thermochemical liquefaction technology of US-based Altera Energy, a chemical recycling technology company.

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F.l.t.r.: Carsten Harms, Member of the Executive Board Biesterfeld AG, Managing Director Biesterfeld Plastic and Biesterfeld Performance Rubber, Thomas Arnold, Peter Wilkes, Managing Director Biesterfeld Spezialchemie, Kai Froböse, CFO Biesterfeld AG (Source: Biesterfeld)

On 20 October 2021, the Biesterfeld Group announced that it has established a joint venture by acquiring a majority stake in Singapore-based GME Chemicals. The closing was now completed. A complete takeover of the remaining shares will take place in five years, according to the contract. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.

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Tomy working with his third hand (Source: Sintratec)

Especially in times of a pandemic, when you don’t always have another person around to assist you, a mechanical helping hand can be particularly useful. That is why Sintratec 3D operator and scientific draughtsman Tomy designed an extraordinary wearable third hand.

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Dr. Frieder Vielsack (Source: Gummiwerk Kraiburg)

At Gummiwerk Kraiburg, Dr. Frieder Vielsack has taken over as head of the Research and Development department effective September 1, 2021. In his new position, he is responsible for leading the department with a focus on further expanding Gummiwerk Kraiburg's strength in developing customer-specific material solutions and innovative products for new fields of application.

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The Rubber Division, ACS annually honors outstanding elastomer experts with the prestigious Science & Technology Awards. (Source: ACS Rubber Division)

Rubber Division, ACS annually honors outstanding elastomer experts with the prestigious Science & Technology Awards. Among these awards is the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award.

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