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Approval from a competent institution is required for seals and membranes used in sensitive areas such as gas supply. Gummiwerk Kraiburg offers elastomer compounds for the gas industry which are certified according to the DIN (German Institute for Standardization) standards EN 549 and EN 682. The certifications confirm that the compound generations meet the requirements for use in gas supply as well as in gas devices and systems.

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Lehmann&Voss&Co. has expanded its existing portfolio of Luvogel rheological additives with a new grade to improve storage stability and sag control. Luvogel G58 is a powdery rheological additive based on an organically modified layered silicate.

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LG Chem successfully developed a new biodegradable material that could realize mechanical properties equivalent to synthetic resins. Regarding this, LG Chem announced on 19 October 2020 that it had developed a new material that significantly improved flexibility (elongation) and transparency compared to existing biodegradable materials through proprietary technologies and production processes.

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Under the brand name Norantox, Nordmann now offers its own product range of antioxidants and UV stabilisers for applications in plastics, coatings, construction and elastomers. The products have been registered with REACH and are available for purchase throughout Europe. The company already offers an extensive product portfolio of plastic additives, including flame retardants such as the Nord-Min range, rheology modifiers, impact modifiers and pigments. The new range currently includes the following products:

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DuPont has launched the new brand name Liveo for its extensive range of silicone healthcare solutions. From now on, the brand will strengthen the company's position in three key healthcare markets: Biopharmaceutical Processing, Pharmaceutical Solutions and Medical Devices.

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Elastomer O-rings can remain leak-tight under purely static conditions even when compression stress relaxation, compression set and mechanical properties already indicate far advanced degradation. For this reason, a modified leakage test involving a small and rapid partial decompression of the seal was developed that enables determining an end-of-lifetime criterion for O-rings with a safety margin for thermal shrinkage and vibrations.

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For the market launch of its new micro-injection unit for liquid silicone rubber at the virtual trade fair Engel live e-xperience from 13 – 16 October 2020, Engel produced precision components for the field of ophthalmology with an individual part weight of 0.0013 g.

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1,3-ethylene thiourea (ETU), an efficient curing agent for polychloroprene rubber (CR) and widely used accelerator for EPDM has been classified as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) after REACH evaluation. The French chemicals producer MLPC International has launched a complete study to identify the most appropriate safe replacement solution. A solution based on Bis-dimercapto-thiadiazole (Bis-DMTD) has proved most suitable.

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SPE has announced its Call for Technical Papers for Antec 2021. According to SPE, the event attracts over 3,000 plastics professionals from around the world with job functions encompassing managers, engineers, research and development, academia, operations, and consulting. Technical papers submitted for consideration for presentation at Antec 2021 will focus on the latest in industrial, national laboratory and academic work.

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BBG has presented a concept for HP-RTM molds that allows for the quick and reproducible manufacturing of compact, modular hydrogen tanks, which are made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and can be used in many vehicle types. The tank modules are autonomously produced in self-closing molds. The process does not require a press or further production equipment, such as autoclaves for curing, said the company.

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In the tire industry, cobalt salts and resorcinol resins are commonly part of mixtures for steel cord adhesion. However, regarding sustainability, work safety and environmental issues, these compounds have been increasingly considered as critical in recent years. Within the scope of a joint research cooperation, Brüggemann and Allnex developed a product that allows the elimination of both cobalt and resorcinol from steel cord adhesion mixtures.

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