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Dryflex HiF is a family of very high melt-flow and scratch resistant TPS-SEBS materials recently launched by Hexpol TPE. The grades open possibilities to produce large scale parts via injection moulding, including automotive interior surfaces, trims and skins.

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The use of plastics in railway vehicles has represented the state of the art for a number of years now. In component production for this field, too, 3D printing is becoming increasingly important, with 3D printed plastics being put to use on both the outside and inside of railway vehicles. Apart from its use in new vehicles, additive manufacturing is also displaying its strengths in the production of spare parts. The required components can be produced cost-effectively in small and medium-size quantities and, in some cases, the reacquisition of parts only becomes possible at all through 3D printing.

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PolymaxTPE announced that the company has developed a new TPE product that is said to outperform commonly used TPUs and compounds such as TPSiV in electronic components. The material is described as being abrasion resistant, odour-free and with excellent chemical adhesion to PC and ABS, as well as blends and alloys of these thermoplastics. The material is well suited in any application where an item is handled frequently in an abusive environment such as protective cases and on wearable technology.

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Audia Elastomers announces the launch of its AudiaFlex family of sustainable thermoplastic elastomers. The company said that these products are one of the industry’s first TPE portfolios which meet the sustainability needs of brand owners and consumers. The AudiaFlex family is comprised of customizable grades which are produced from post-consumer, post-industrial, bio-based, and marine-based sources.

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Optical fibres are vital for the rollout of the 5G network. The new elastomers in the Septon Q series from Kuraray provide lasting protection for these sensitive optical fibres and are far lighter than TPU and TPC. The Septon Q series is a range of thermoplastic elastomers that combines softness and elasticity. Compounds with Septon Q series products as the base polymer have very good mechanical properties and are lighter than conventional materials.

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BASF announced that its new Elastollan Soft Touch Feel thermoplastic polyurethane series creates new design possibilities with its exceptional touch, feel, and performance. With Meiban’s laser texturing Innovation Meiban Skin (IMS) technology, Elastollan is making headway in the consumer electronics accessories market.

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Perstorp announced that it has developed a production concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis. Project AIR will build a first-of-a-kind, large scale, commercial Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) unit to produce sustainable methanol. The methanol plant will be unique in the sense that it is a combined CCU and gasification process where CO2, residue streams, renewable hydrogen and biomethane will be converted to methanol. Perstorp plans to do this in cooperation with Fortum, Uniper and Nature Energy.

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The framas group has announced a major strategic expansion of machinery. The investments includes four state-of-the-art two-shot injection moulding machines supplied by Arburg. Framas said that the new equipment creates new possibilities in the development and manufacture of footwear components.

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In close collaboration with Kraiburg TPE, the French medical components specialist Nextis has developed an articulated cover designed to protect the USB port on respiratory devices against dust and splash water entry. The part is molded in a proven Thermolast compound that delivers a good balance of high mechanical properties and aesthetics, ease of injection molding, and reliable resistance against professional cleaners.

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The Pinneberg-based German company Tramaco GmbH announced the launch of new expandable microspheres. According to the manufacturer, some materials, e.g. TPE/TPU, cannot be processed by chemical or physical foaming due to their low melt strength. In these cases the new product can offer an adequate solution.

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