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New flame retardant styrene-based Solplast thermoplastic elastomers from Uteksol now complement the portfolio of Hamburg-based Albis Plastic.

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Three medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers for biopharmaceutical tubing provide performance superior to the industry standard TPE in this application, making them effective alternatives to silicone. This was announced by Teknor Apex. The company will introduce the Medalist compounds at North America’s largest medtech event, MD&M West in February 2019 in Anaheim, CA, USA. 

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A line of TPEs for medical device applications was featured by Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business unit, at Medica/Compamed 2018 in Düsseldorf.

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With Desmopan 37385A Covestro now offers the first representative of a series of TPUs containing polyether carbonate polyols based on the company’s proprietary cardyon CO2 technology. Compared to conventional materials, this new TPU leaves a lower carbon footprint and unlike many bio-based materials, do not compete with food production.

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The speciality vibration damping Versaflex VDT TPEs from PolyOne are used by major appliance manufacturers as a valuable solution to vibration issues in top load washing machines which can cause the units to ‘walk,’ which prompts a large volume of costly service calls to the manufacturer.

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The Italian company LED SpA, based in Aprilia near Rome, is specialised in the design and production of medical electronic equipment. Thermolast M from Kraiburg TPE was specified for their reusable Surgeon Pencil S. The device is said to provide a number of outstanding features that benefit from the medical conformity, design freedom and aesthetics of the TPE compounds.

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Introduced in 1984 for automotive constant velocity joint (CVJ) outboard boots, Hytrel TPC-ET is a standard material for the production of these parts. Now DuPont has developed Hytrel HTR8745 BK320, a new grade for blow moulding of CVJ inboard boots.

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TSRC has announced the introduction of Taipol 7126 and Taipol 7131 maleic anhydride-grafted SEBS. Adding these MA-SEBS as impact modifiers to the formulation of engineering plastics can help improve elasticity, toughness and compatibility with polar materials, and provide more comfortable and softer haptics.

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In a move to improve passenger comfort, legislation regarding odour, fogging and VOC/FOG emissions has increased in recent years, OEMs such as Daimler and VW have also tightened limits. Several countries regulate the maximum allowed concentration of substances which can be hazardous to health, such as formaldehyde, benzene and nitrosamines (for example the Chinese standard GB/T27630). Hexpol TPE supplies a portfolio of TPE materials optimised for automotive interior applications. Dryflex Interior is a series of compounds which are optimised for low emissions. They offer on average a 75 % emission reduction compared to other TPEs for interior applications on the market. They display low odour with results 2.0 to 3.0 in standards such as VDA 270. According to gravimetric fogging standard ISO 6452 they achieve condensate < 1.0 mg and achieve VOC results from 60 to 120 µg/g and Fog from 200 to 600 µg/g (tab.1).

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Soft TPS compound based on Kraton MD1648 SEBS polymer were recently developed for micro pellets used in rotational moulding applications. Kraton said that the use of this high flow SEBS polymer for industrial compound applications demonstrates that it is possible to obtain a stable, repeatable industrial micro pelletisation compounding process under commercial run rates for TPS micro pellets. The micro pellet technology is a proven alternative to cryogenic milled powder solutions. With the ongoing polymer and micro pelletisation technology development, smaller particle size distributions are achievable.

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The Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit (NAUM) 2018, which is being organised by OCSiAl in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2018 will gather the world’s leading companies who use and apply graphene nanotubes to share exciting results. This year the event is opening its doors to all like-minded innovators and industry pioneers to learn about recent progress in this field. They will also be able to see a first-time-ever on-site demonstration of the production of nanoaugmented products with real industrial equipment.

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