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Hexpol TPE announced that they will present their offering at K 2019 under the banner “Soft / Safe / Sustainable”. Among the highlights will be the launch of a family of TPE with recycled content. Hexpol TPE will market the new TPE family under the name Dryflex Circular.

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According to BASF, its expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) Infinergy created a real stir when it was launched on the market in the adidas Boost running shoe, because it introduced a completely new class of particle foams to the plastics market. Today, customers from a wide range of different industries use the material – from comfortable safety footwear and a dynamic tennis racket to a cushioning sports floor. At K 2019, the material was presented with a multitude of its applications and innovative approaches. Infinergy is used, for example, in the Vision Venture, a camper van from Hymer, as a step, bed edge and as a comfort element in the slatted frame.

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According to Covestro, the manufacture of a shoe requires a multitude of work steps, some of which are carried out by hand. This makes production time-consuming and expensive. In the finished product, various materials are sewn together and glued together, so that it is virtually impossible to recycle them by type at the end of their useful life.

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Actega DS has introduced a new, patented generation of TPE dispersions at K 2019 for a wide range of coating solutions for packaging materials and substrates. The company said that the technology makes it possible to combine various specific features in a single dispersion. Accordingly, maximum customer benefits are offered through individualized application solutions.

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Plymouth Foam has launched a new line of dog toys under its Airehide brand which uses BASF’s Infinergy material. Infinergy is an expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) and is used in a variety of applications. According to BASF, the elastic particle foam can be used anywhere, where a combination of low weight, good mechanical properties, and long-term durability is needed.

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Under the brand name reSound OM PolyOne has introduced TPE formulations for overmoulding processes. The grades utilise between 40 and 50 % bio-renewable content derived from sugarcane, and offer hardness levels and performance comparable to standard TPEs, PolyOne said.

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Materialise has extended its 3D printing materials offering with the new Ultrasint TPU 01 from BASF. The company announced on 10 September 2019 that it is the first to make the new material available through its online platforms Materialise OnSite and i.materalise, and through its offline prototyping and manufacturing services.

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The VisionVenture camper, co-created by BASF and Hymer, was a main attraction point at the BASF stand at K 2019. The vehicle celebrated its world premiere at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany. More than 20 plastics and a new painting technology of BASF are used in the vehicle.

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Polyketones have an elevated melting point (220 – 255 °C) and are often used for high-performance applications in the automotive industry and technical components in mechanical engineering. In addition to good resistance to chemicals and hydrolysis, polyketones are characterised by their high wear resistance. Hexpol TPE has succeeded in developing TPE materials for adhesion to polyketone substrates. They do not require the use of a primer or adhesive, which makes the production process more economical, faster and simpler.

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Eos announced the launch of Eos TPU 1301. The company, one of the leading technology suppliers in the field of industrial 3D printing of polymers and metals, said that this material is a big step towards 3D printing mass production.

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The German bioplastic specialist FKuR has added three Terraprene TPE grades to its portfolio. New within the bio-based Terraprene TPE compounds family are the grades SI 701 and SI 801, whose biocontent (calculated) ranges from 55 % to 75 %. They are available in Shore A40 to A80 grades and their properties are said to be largely similar to those of conventional TPS grades.

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