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The new issue of RFP is out! Find out how the ICCA developed at Coesfeld enables quantitative characterization of the chip and cut behavior of rubber for tire applications without field testing and how serinol derivatives can be employed for the sustainable vulcanization of diene elastomers. A study carried out by scientists at Bosch and Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) Aachen shows how thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) and EPDM differ in their gas permeation behavior towards hydrogen. The University of Twente and the Polymer Science Park in Zwolle have established a link between research and education by cooperating in the newly founded Elastomer Competence Centre. Sigmasoft describes a virtual DoE for the improvement of part properties and Arburg presented its solutions for digitalization during the Arburg Technology Days 2019.

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Danish shoe designer Ecco, together with Dow and French software company Dassault Systèmes recently introduced the Quant-U footwear customisation for shoes. Quant-U is an experimental footwear customisation project by the Innovation Lab (ILE), Ecco’s independent cross-disciplinary design studio.

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Established in 1969, Gilt Edge Industries Ltd specialises in supplying flooring preparations and installation accessory products to the New Zealand Flooring and Construction sectors.

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Woodbridge is once again listed as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. This is the third consecutive year the company has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth.

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With effect from 1 May 2019, Donald Chen succeeds Jorge Nogueira as CEO of synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo. Nogueira is retiring after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

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Lubrizol Engineered Polymers together with its Nordics distributor Bjørn Thorsen A/S will be highlighting the Bio TPU portfolio at the upcoming Plastteknik fair in Malmö in Sweden.

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The Chinese company Green & Light Automotive Components (Green & Light) has introduced an easy-to-clean surface covering for car trunk floors. Using polyurethane paper honeycomb technology, the trunk floor surface is covered by Elastoskin polyurethane skin technology from BASF. Compared to conventional non-woven fabric surfaces, this newly developed product is said to be easier to clean, offers great freedom in the design process, and has very good aging and emission properties.

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Tuball graphene nanotubes manufactured by Ocsial find a growing number of applications in the polyurethane market. They are already used in the production of industrial wheels, rollers and scraper pigs for various industries. Graphene nanotube-reinforced anti-static polyurethane shafts help manufacturers keep production costs down and ensure occupational safety. Introducing as little as 0.03 % of nanotubes is sufficient to impart uniform anti-static properties to polyurethane while maintaining its key properties.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has announced four new member company representatives as Chairs and Vice Chair for the Product Stewardship, Sustainability and Outreach Committees. These three standing committees are responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization.

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Material Data Center is a major information platform for plastics. Based on users' requests, the database has now been extended to typical information about plastics additives. The system provides physical data, chemical formulas and compatibility information.

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