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ExxonMobil has granted Biesterfeld Plastic extended rights to sell its Santoprene TPV. From 1 January 2020, Biesterfeld will also officially sell the product in Switzerland, meaning that it will then cover all of continental Europe. It also has rights to sell the product in the UK, Brazil and North Africa.

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Rampf Production Systems and its Indian partner Sanika Engineering & Consultancy are presenting mixing and dispensing technology for sealing, casting, bonding, and foaming at MatDispens 2019 (hall 5, stand B26), Bombay Exhibition Center, 14 – 16 November 2019.

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Lubrizol has recently introduced halogen-free Estane ZHF TPU grades mainly for cable production that are said to feature low toxicity, low smoke and low gas conductivity. The company said that the design versatility of the new products polymers expands the scope of applications, including thinner or coloured cables.

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The Hamburg-based German Lehvoss Group will exhibit at Formnext 2019 (hall 11.1, stand B48), which will take place from 19 – 22 November 2019 in Frankfurt a. M., Germany. The company announced that it will highlight Luvosint TPU for tailor-made orthopaedic insoles as well as its Luvocom 3F series of 3D printing filaments.

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Together with a number of international producers, the Lanxess subsidiary Bond-Laminates GmbH is participating in a project group that is collecting the standards-compliant material data of commercial composites in order to upload them to the Campus plastics database. The work of the project group is organized and coordinated by the Frankfurt-based AVK-Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (German Federation of Reinforced Plastics) and the Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (Institute for Composite Materials) in Kaiserslautern.

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Icynene-Lapolla announced the launch of a new low-pressure, low density, two-component spray polyurethane foam. The product is available in two sizes and named OC-450 and OC-1350, with each referring to the maximum amount of board feet the material will cover (450 and 1,350 respectively). Each option provides a compact and convenient size for contractors looking to complete touch ups on the job, said the company.

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Songwon has expanded its portfolio of Songstomer thermoplastic polyurethanes. Well-suited to a number of applications such as cables, tubes, films, profiles, compounds and masterbatches, Songstomer polyether-TPU products P-3280A10/P-3285A10/P-3285-A10U/P-3290A10/P-3295A10/P-3254-D10 are said to secure higher mechanical property stability, including less discolouration under long-term heat aging and thermoplastic processing and their high resistance to hydrolysis and microbe attack, make them products of choice for compounding.

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At K 2019 Wanhua Chemical has launched a material platform for the additive manufacturing of shoes which integrates highly flexible printing materials, including Wanfab TPU filaments, powders, and waterborne coatings as well as Adwel waterborne adhesives. Based on Wanhua’s materials, the Chinese company Peak Sports has launched 3D-printed sneakers, marketed as The Next. These sneakers provide consumers with comfortable and personalised experience. One of the breakthroughs of the shoes is that they leverage 100 % recyclable 3D printing materials to design a unique circular lifecycle sneaker, which is eco-friendly, says Wanhua.

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Plixxent, a provider for polyurethane (PU) systems solutions, went into operation on 4 November 2019. With approximately 250 full-time employees at five locations in Europe, the group of companies covers the entire application range of PU systems.

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BASF opened its Elastollan TPU development center in Wyandotte, MI, USA. It allows customers to create and test new TPU solutions without having to interrupt their own production facilities. Customers can evaluate formulations faster, shorten development cycle times, develop production-quality samples and, ultimately, increase their speed to market.

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