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Arlanxeo announced that it will highlight its latest achievements and developments in high-performance tyre solutions at the Tire Technology Expo 2020 (hall 20, stand C330) from 25 – 27 February 2020 in Hanover, Germany. In addition, two company experts will hold presentations at the conference highlighting advancements in the tyre material science sector on 26 February 2020.

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PolyOne recently collaborated with a global automotive OEM and its injection moulder to eliminate paint from a new vehicle’s interior. To support the transition to moulded-in-colour (MIC) parts, PolyOne provided metallic-effect Smartbatch FX masterbatch colourants for two PC/ABS side panels on the centre console of a compact SUV now entering commercial production.

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On 14 May 2020, the JEC Group announced that it will offer an exclusive online experience by organizing the JEC Composites Technical Conferences, initially planned during JEC World 2020, via webinars. According to the organizer, high-profile experts and speakers will share their expertise, vision, and perspective on the composites industry, starting from 20 May 2020 until 24 June 2020.

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Since 11 May 2020, Arburg produces injection moulded face masks from LSR (liquid silicone rubber) and PP (polypropylene) at its headquarters in Lossburg, Germany. About 3,500 of these multifunctional high-tech masks are expected to be produced daily under series production conditions. This is the second project the mechanical engineering company has launched to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In mid-April the company has started producing protective glasses on Allrounder injection moulding machines.

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Foams produced by moulding are used for example in packaging for electrical appliances, bicycle and motorcycle helmets, armrests in cars and many other applications. In the production process, foamed plastic beads are sintered using steam in order to form components. The choice of materials is therefore limited to those that can be joined within the temperature and pressure range of classic steam molding processes (between 1-8 bar), for example polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

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Nouryon is launching a new solution for the building and construction market that boosts the effectiveness of energy-saving “cool roof” coatings by improving their ability to reflect light and enhancing their self-cleaning properties. The new concept combines Nouryon’s Expancel expandable thermoplastic microspheres, which reflect light, and its Levasil colloidal silica, which improves the performance of the coatings.

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Kraton Corporation, a global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and bio-based products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, is unveiling its REvolution rosin ester technology that enables the development of bio-based products with light color and oxidative stability.

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he Franconian company Providee has developed an innovative and environmentally friendly breathing mask made of TPE. (Source: Providee)

Already at the beginning of March this year, at a time when most people did not yet suspect how dramatically the corona virus would spread, the Upper Franconian company Providee GmbH was already thinking about how to react to the expected worldwide lack of protective equipment against the virus. The answer was the idea of a reusable breathing mask made of a thermoplastic elastomer, which is manufactured entirely in Germany.

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On 28 April 2020, TactoTek and Alps Alpine, a designer and manufacturer of electronic products, announced that they have collaborated to develop an IMSE human-machine interface (HMI) solution for a premium German automotive OEM. The Finland-based company TactoTek is a specialist for in-mold structural electronics (IMSE).

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