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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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Lubrizol announced a USD 2 million donation commitment to support COVID-19 needs globally. This pledge extends the work the company is already doing as companies across the globe leverage Lubrizol’s science for hand sanitizers, medical gowns, face masks, drug products, medical devices, transport vehicles and countless other applications.

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According to the Belgium-based company Materialise, 3D printing technology may lend a hand in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The 3D printing specialist has designed a 3D printed door opener that makes it possible to open and close doors with your arm, removing the need for direct contact with door handles. The company is offering the printable design for free and calling upon the global 3D printing community to 3D print the door opener and make it available all around the world.

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In March 2020 Amyris, global science and technology company for pure, sustainable ingredients for the health and wellness, cleaning, beauty and flavors and ragrances markets, announced the launch of a new, safe and clean Pipette Baby branded hand sanitizer – that can be used by everyone – to help combat COVID-19. Initial production of its hand sanitizer has started with Allure Labs as its contract manufacturing and packaging partner.

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Elkem Silicones has presented its liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technology at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2020 conference from 11 – 13 February 2020 in Anaheim, CA, USA.

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This paper demonstrates the properties of a novel ionic liquid activator as a DPG replacement and cure additive. The novel activator shows good cure time yet demonstrates scorch safety and some accelerator and zinc efficiency. This paper will focus on the DPG replacement for tyre and conveyor belt segments of rubber manufacturing.

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At Pharmapack Europe 2020 and MD&M West 2020, Clariant experts talked about the scope of the plastic waste problem, how the healthcare industry can confront the challenge, and the ways the company is helping its customers be more environmentally responsible while remaining compliant and commercially successful.

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Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. have agreed to form a strategic alliance to benefit society by deploying technology for manufacturing polyolefin using waste as a raw material. This alliance combines Sekisui Chemical’s production technology for transforming waste into ethanol with Sumitomo Chemical’s technological know-how in manufacturing polyolefin, thereby promoting circular economy initiatives to chemically recycle waste into polyolefin. Pilot production will begin in fiscal 2022, with Sekisui Chemical turning waste into ethanol, and Sumitomo Chemical using this ethanol as raw material for polyolefin. A full-scale market launch of this production method is expected in fiscal 2025.

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