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Saflex, a business unit of Solutia, is launching a solar encapsulant that helps increase the efficiency of the solar module while reducing material usage. The new product, called Saflex Radiant White PA27, represents a new class of value-added encapsulants and is based on a cooperation between Oerlikon Solar and Saflex to drive thin film PV technology towards grid parity.

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Graco Inc. recently launched its Graco EP Pour Gun PU mixing head. Designed for open pour applications and closed-mould injection, the new applicator features updated mixhead technology that allows users to rebuild the mixing head on site instead of sending it back to the manufacturer for a rebuild.

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Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co., Ltd. will introduce its Wanthane TPU series at Chinaplas 2010 in Shanghai, China, from 19 – 22 April 2010. The new product family is a range of halogen-free, flame retardant, polyester-, polyether-, polycaprolactone-, and polycarbonate-based TPU grades as well as aliphatic TPUs with hardnesses from Shore 80 A – 95 A, tensile strength of up to 20 MPa and elongation at break of up to 500 %.

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The use of a PU system from BaySystems, the global PU systems business of Bayer MaterialScience, combined with the Long Fiber Injection (LFI) process is giving Cal Spas the ability to cost-effectively replace an outer spa cabinet while keeping the existing frame.

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Bayer MaterialScience recently introduced Baymedix CL 100, a lubricious surface treatment for medical devices which gives a durable coating with an especially low coefficient of wet friction. The exceptional lubricity of this new product complements Bayer MaterialScience LLC's existing portfolio of hemocompatible polyurethane-based hydrophilic coatings.

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Kraton has announced that its MD6705 Stretch Technology has been named one of three finalists for the IDEA10 Achievement Awards in the nonwovens Raw Material category.

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During the JEC Composites Show in Paris, France, from 13 – 15 April 2010, KraussMaffei will be demonstrating its competence in injection moulding fibre composites using thermoplastics or thermosets. At KraussMaffei, specialists from reaction processing, injection moulding and extrusion work closely together to accelerate development of materials and processes for fibre composites.

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The Cannon Group will be present at JEC 2010 show, held in Paris from 13 – 15 April 2010.

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Van Mannekus & Co. B. V. and SMA Mineral Magnesia AS have jointly developed a high activity magnesium oxide with a specific surface area of between 170 – 200 m2/g. Sea water produced PurMag 170 is suitable as an anti-scorching/curing agent, an acid acceptor and stabiliser in many rubber formulations.

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The Baycusan C product line satisfies the key requirements that the cosmetics industry places on “green” raw materials. For example, these ultrapure synthetic polyurethane dispersions, developed by Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) specifically for the cosmetics industry, are based on water and contain neither preservatives nor co-solvents. During their manufacture, process-related by-products, such as waste materials, are kept to a minimum, while the chemical reactions take place using energy-saving and efficient procedures under mild conditions.

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