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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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Nordmann, a leading chemical distribution company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, has announced the appointment by Kolon Plastics, Inc., as the official distributor for its Kopel thermoplastic copolyester elastomers (TPC) in Europe (excl. Nordics and Turkey). The agreement is effective from 1 July 2019.

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Zeotherm TPVs can be used for under-the-hood automotive components, such as this oil filter gasket (Source: RTP Company)

RTP Company, a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics, announced the acquisition of the Zeotherm TPV product line from Zeon Chemicals. The transaction was completed in May 2019 and encompasses all products sold globally under the Zeotherm TPV name, said the company.

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The Indian company Sheela Foam Ltd. announced that it will acquire Interplasp S.L. with headquarters in Yecla, southeastern Spain, for approximately EUR 42 million. The transaction is scheduled to be completed on or before 30 September 2019, subject to closing conditions.

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The executive planning committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE) announced the second keynote speaker for its 19th annual event, which will be held from 4 – 6 September 2019 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, USA.

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According to KraussMaffei, flame protection requirements for polyurethane foam components are increasing worldwide, both in the automotive and industrial applications sectors and also due to regulatory requirements. At K 2019, the company will present a complete system for the high-pressure processing of expandable graphite for high material and process efficiency and clean production.

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Tony Radoszewski has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) effective from 16 September 2019. Radoszewski, a plastics industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the field, joins the association after serving since 2006 as the president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI).

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At the annual conference of Europur and Euro-Moulders, Angela Austin, Director of Labyrinth Research and Markets Ltd., and Patrick de Kort, Regulatory Affairs Manager of Europur, presented the market report 2019 for the flexible PU foam industry (covering the year 2018). The statistics were compiled with production data provided by member companies and aggregated in compliance with competition law. For the rest of the industry, and to interpret the data, interviews with 80 experts from 65 industry organisations took place.

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