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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is introducing a new tyre technology with some funding support from the United Soybean Board (USB).

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South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. has teamed up with Europe’s biggest tiremaker Michelin & Cie. to develop tires that could substantially improve the driving performance and fuel efficiency of electric vehicles (EV).

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Smithers Rapra has announced the programmes for the 2017 editions of the Silicone Elastomers World Summit and Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summit, which will simultaneously take place from 28 - 29 November 2017 in Munich, Germany. More than 250 members of the silicone elastomers, TPE and global elastomers market are anticipated to attend this year’s combined event. By purchasing one ticket to their preferred event, delegates will gain full access to the other event.

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SPE Central Europe has issued a call for nomination for the 18th Automotive Award parts & components for outstanding developments of plastic parts in vehicle construction. The award is presented in seven categories: Body Interior, Body Exterior, Power Train, Chassis Unit, Electronical/Optical Part, Structural Component and Enabler Technology.

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Hartalega Holdings Bhd is reinforcing its position as the market leader with the introduction of its revolutionary new medical glove that can kill 99.99 per cent germs within a five-minute contact.

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The Lehvoss Group, Hamburg, Germany, will be presenting its product lines Luvosint and Luvocom 3F for 3D printing at Formnext, held from 14 - 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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At Fakuma 2017, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH is presenting a cross-section of its current portfolio of injection moulding machines. Three machines are being displayed on the company's own stand and a further three exhibited in conjunction with partner companies. Highlights include the latest generation of the all-electric IntElect series, a high-speed El-Exis SP machine for injection compression moulding of decorated thin-walled packaging lids and a multi-component Systec Multi injection moulding machine with an Industry 4.0 application. In addition to the IntElect machine, the latest innovation on show is the servoelectric SDR 5P sprue picker.

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The Hamburg-based German company Lehmann&Voss&Co. KG (LuV) is showcasing the new product line Luvocom 3F for 3D printing at Fakuma 2017. The materials are optimised for use in extrusion-based 3D printing processes – including fused filament fabrication. Support for the development comes from the company’s own pilot plant for 3D printing.

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Kraiburg TPE is presenting a new series of thermoplastic elastomers from its Thermolast K family at Fakuma 2017 that was specially developed for excellent adhesion and UV resistance in two-component applications with ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM). The new compounds are intended for automotive applications such as EPDM window trim and sealing profiles with moulded TPE corner joints and end elements.

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Finke has developed of a range of Fibaplast masterbatches for colouring bio-plastics. The possibilities enabled by the new colourants will be presented in Finke’s Susbox at Fakuma 2017.

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