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Capitalizing on its experience in castor oil chemistry, Arkema has developed Pebax Rnew100, a range of TPEs produced entirely from renewable raw materials.

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The O2-RESQ System for providing immediate ventilation in cases of congestive heart failure and other respiratory distress includes a face mask with a soft, rounded elastomeric cushion that fits comfortably on the patient’s face and is free of odour, according to manufacturer Pulmodyne, Inc., based in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

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The Graco Reactor H-VR is a simple-to-operate variable ratio dispensing system that handles polyurethane foams and polyurea coatings.

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In a changing world, the polyurethane industry must also adapt to the need for more efficient, smaller vehicles that are not only powered by alternative fuels but are also built from more renewable materials. However, new vehicles must also remain cost effective and satisfy the needs of an increasingly sophisticated consumer. While smaller vehicles means a lighter sum of components for cellular plastics like PU; the material has to solve the problem of thinner cell struts while providing the required resilience and durability, appropriate energy dissipation, ergonomic design the omnipresent issue of costs.

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PolyOne has introduced a new line of USP Class VI colourants for medical devices called OnColor HC Gamma Stable Color Concentrates. These products formulated to eliminate colour shift and minimise property reductions in medical polymers after devices are sterilised. Traditional sterilisation procedures – ethylene oxide, gamma irradiation, autoclave steam sterilisation, and e-beam methods – tend to reduce physical properties and increase colour shift in medical plastics.

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According to Dow Chemical, its Verdiseal waterproofing system has become a preferred brand for architects and engineers involved in “green roof” projects. Protecting the roof from bulk water and root penetration, the spray-applied polyurethane creates a seamless monolithic barrier across the roof deck, side walls and any sloping surfaces in between, says the company.

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Thorsten Wagener, Ute Watermann Today, extremely-resistant components are playing an important role in ever more areas of application – such as in the automotive and its supplier industry. Here, a particular focus is on the seals that protect these components against contamination. For this, a new process has been developed whereby – with a special high-pressure technology for small throughputs – the application of the seals can be carried out at considerably lower costs with the same high level of quality.

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At this year’s Fakuma the VTC TPE Group once again co-exhibited with its German distributor, Nordmann Rassmann, Hamburg. The group showcased the latest developments in their three TPE brands: Mediprene for medical device applications Dryflex for industrial and consumer applications and Marfran for winter sports and footwear markets.

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Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and comfort products manufacturer Zentia have jointly developed a pillow that offers users improved comfort and hygiene.

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With the growing concern over the potential health effects of products made with certain phthalates, legislation is being put in place in many countries to restrict or limit the use of these additives in plastics. As a result, Dow Microbial Control has introduced two, new non-phthalate biocide products, Vinyzene IT 3020 CPF and Vinyzene IT 4008 CPF.

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