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Zotefoams plc announced that it will be using Foam Expo Europe 2019 as a platform to premier its latest thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) foam as the company extends its High-Performance Product (HPP) line. The trade fair for the technical foam industry will be held from 10 – 12 September 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Hearing aids, dental crowns, and limb prosthetics are some of the medical devices that can now be digitally designed and customized for individual patients, thanks to 3D printing. However, these devices are typically designed to replace or support bones and other rigid parts of the body, and are often printed from solid, relatively inflexible material.

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The Italian company Roboze S.P.A. announced that it has realised a skateboard using FFF 3D printing technology, choosing high temperature polymers and composite materials in order to combine lightness and high resistance. According to the company, it used carbon PA, PP, PEEK, and thermoplastic polyurethane to manufacture the skateboard.

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DuPont Transportation & Industrial and ExxonMobil Chemical have announced the results of their successful collaboration to develop new Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPV) for automotive corner mould seals.

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According to Covestro, wearable electronic patches (wearables) are already being used in many areas of medicine, including patient monitoring and diagnosis. Market demand is rising rapidly, in line with a growing digitalization of the healthcare sector. The design of these patches allows a variety of applications in monitoring vital parameters. They offer patients more freedom of movement. The wearables must be worn on the skin around the clock for a prolonged period of time so they need to be particularly kind to the skin, comfortable, but also adhere to the skin. In addition, they should be removed as painlessly as possible.

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Texon announced the launch of Texon Vulcan, a product that can provide extra shape and enhanced levels of support in vulcanised shoes, and contains up to 50 % recycled fibre content. According to the company, the product is a non-woven polyester felt with strong performance properties that can be used as an alternative to traditional rubber heel reinforcements.

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Covestro announced that two research projects have succeeded in making elastic textile fibres based on CO2 and so partly replacing crude oil as a raw material. The company and its partners, foremost the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University and various textile manufacturers, are developing the production process on an industrial scale and aim to make the fibres ready for the market. They can be used for stockings and medical textiles, for example, and might replace conventional elastic fibres based on crude oil, said Covestro.

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Lubrizol Engineered Polymers announced that its portfolio of thermoplastic polyurethane for footwear applications is designed to meet the growing demands of footwear producers. The company said that the increasing demands include having the ability to streamline the shoe manufacturing process, producing less material waste and using a more sustainable material option that still meets performance needs.

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At Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East, 11 – 13 June 2019, in New York City, Covestro presented its raw materials for the healthcare industry. The company showcased its Baymedix portfolio for skin-friendly adhesives, absorbent foams and waterborne coatings; and Dureflex and Platilon product portfolios for medical films.

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A BASF plastic additives package is helping to protect the roof at Incheon Airport’s Terminal 2, with thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) sheets produced by Wonpoong Corporation in South Korea under the brand name SuperGuard.

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Marine oil spill barriers, also known as oil containment booms, can last longer and keep oil spills under control even under intense sunlight, thanks to light stabilisers from BASF. The South Korean company Wonpoong Corporation is now using BASF’s Tinuvin range of plastic additives to increase the lifespan of oil containment booms, thereby reducing the maintenance costs and environmental impact.

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