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Reverdia’s Biosuccinium has been used in the production of bio-based materials for Vaude’s new Skarvan range. As part of the redesigned Summer 2018 Shoe Collection, they offer consumers a sustainable choice of trekking shoes and were unveiled at the OutDoor 2017 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announced the launch of the new Pearlbond 1160L thermoplastic polyurethane grade for adhesive powders, webs and films. The product complements the company's current high-crystalline offering for adhesive films and PVC co-extrusion.

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Siltech Corporation announced that it will promote its new Silstab 2450 and Silstab 2580 silicone surfactants for HFO LBA blown foams, that offer improved polyol-side stability for rigid foams, at the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI).

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The gentle touch mixing and processing technology from Lindor Products uses a rotating vessel to enable gravity to gently mix powders and granulates and to expose these to other applications like heat treatment and soaking in liquid agents. Amongst others, an Italian producer of thermoplastic polyurethanes and polyesters uses the gentle touch technology to homogenise the pellets and to add a liquid crosslinking agent. Product integrity and pure processing without product degradation lead to important performance improvements of the polymers.

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BASF announced that it has improved the process for manufacturing its polyether polyol Lupranol, so that car components which are made of the company's polyurethane systems emit an average of 20 % less aldehyde.

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The Yiyang Rubber & Plastics Machinery Group Co. announced that its 3.2 m x 16 m super flat-panel vulcanising machine – the biggest of its kind in China – has produced a steel cord conveyor belt that is 104 m long, 2.8 m wide and 42 mm thick at Baotong Science and Technology Co., Ltd. in Wuxi, China.

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Deere & Company announced that the airless radial tyre Michelin X Tweel Turf is now available for standalone purchase at John Deere dealers.

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Shandong Linglong Tire, a Chinese manufacturer of automotive tyres, has collaborated with the Beijing University of Chemical Technology to develop 3D-printed tyres made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Recently, the partners announced that they have successfully produced and tested a prototype of the TPU tyre.

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Reverdia joined leading polyurethanes (PU) manufacturers to display a range of biomaterials at PSE Europe 2017 in Munich, Germany. According to the company, these Biosuccinium-based polyurethanes have a significant share of bio-based content, reduced carbon footprint and will enable more sustainable products.

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According to APS Elastomers, top-rated pneumatic hoses and brake tubes can be easily produced using its new thermoplastic polyurethane Zythane 7045D, which is said to add abrasion/tear/cut/puncture resistance, high burst pressure, high elasticity and coil retention, long-term flexibility, oil/fuel/microbial resistance, low-temperature flexibility and hydrolytic stability.

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The SDW 2017 conference and exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London, UK, from 26 – 28 June 2017 focused on anti-forgery protection for identity documents. Covestro is developing solutions with films that improve security and enable efficient production of cards. The company presented new and sophisticated products for ID cards.

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