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At Interplastica 2019 Arburg will be presenting a complex application for multi-component injection moulding: A hydraulicmpo two-conent Allrounder 570 S will produce ice scrapers from ABS and TPE.

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The US TPE compounder Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers has introduced new StarSoft cushioning gel materials. They are well suited for uses in sports equipment, gel bike seats and shoe inserts. The company also recommends them for use with medical models and adult novelties that require lifelike anatomical simulation. The materials in Shore hardnesses of 00 or 000 are supplied in pelletised form, slabs or slurry.

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Materialise, through a partnership with RSPrint, has entered into an agreement with HP to scale an end-to-end 3D solution to design and manufacture fully customised 3D-printed insoles. FitStation powered by HP will integrate the Materialise software for 3D design automation, print preparation and production management.

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Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business, has expanded its portfolio by adding twelve grades to its previously available 28 Cellene TPE formulations for healthcare and a wide variety of other applications. Cellene TPE compounds are available in four series:

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BASF announced that it will present new material developments together with Ultrasim computer simulation, targeted specifically at manufacturing optimised shanks for shoes, at Simac 2019. The international machinery and technology exhibition for shoes will take place from 20 – 22 February 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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At MD&M West Conference and Exposition, held from 5 – 7 February 2019 in Anaheim, CA, USA, Covestro presented its portfolio of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU), TPU films, polyurethane-based adhesives and foams, and polycarbonate resins, blends and films, designed for the healthcare industry.

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At two major recent trade fairs for the medical industry - MD&M West in Anaheim, CA, USA, and Pharmapack EU in Paris; Trinseo highlighted its portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers for medical devices.

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Askoll is one of Italy’s leading manufacturers of electric two-wheelers. The company has specified the use of Thermolast K from Kraiburg TPE for two precision gasketing applications on the new battery boxes of a growing range of power-assisted bikes and electro-scooters. The company based in Dueville near Vicenza is using the TPE material for an anti-rattle overmoulding of the battery connector and for water-tight sealing of the battery box. Key requirements to be met included a direct adhesion to glass-filled PBT on small contact surfaces.

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Ineos Styrolution has introduced a new Styroflex grade for medical applications. The company said that the new grade provides an attractive mix of properties making it ideal for various medical tubing applications – ranging from use in traditional IV sets to more complex multi-layer tubing structures. Key material properties include good bonding performance, good kink resistance and clarity, and the ability to be processed on standard tubing extrusion equipment at superior processing rates when compared to other materials. This combination of properties makes Styroflex 4G80 an attractive option for tubing applications that historically have been developed with different polymers, Ineos said.

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At the SPE Automotive TPO Conference in October 2018 Trinseo has introduced four new TPE series. These include 16 new overmoulding grades specifically developed for automotive applications, offering improved adhesion to Trinseo’s Magnum ABS and Pulse PC/ABS product range.

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For the fourth time, the IKV - Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University is extending an invitation to the International Injection Moulding Conference (IIMC).

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