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From Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., Rochester, IL, USA, comes a TPE grade that is said to be impervious to damage or degradation from copper.

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The surface of the new VW Golf VI’s centre console is made out of Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane from BASF.

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PolyOne, Cleveland, OH, USA, announced its attendance at the VDI „Plastics in Automotive Engineering“ conference in Mannheim, Germany, on 17 - 18 March 2010.

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To meet the increasing temperature extremes for air induction system ducting, Zeon has introduced Zeotherm 131-90B.

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The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is participating in the Geneva International Motor Show 2010, running from 2 – 14 March 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. The company's high-performance eco tyre "C.drive2" is shown in Europe for the first time, together with its eco flagship tyre "dB super E-spec", released on the European market in the summer of 2009. In addition, a specially tuned Toyota Prius Hybrid wearing "super E-spec" concept tyres coloured based on an image of green leaves is showcased in Geneva.

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French compounding specialist CTS has developed a range of foamed TPE materials for the production of steering wheels.

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Because of rising energy costs, the building materials industry is focusing increasingly on heat conductivity - the lower this value, the better the insulation will be. In a solid construction, a typical insulated external wall consists of either a double wall structure with a core insulation, or a single wall with additional external insulation. Both of these alternatives are costly and have a relatively long construction period.

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KraussMaffei Berstorff is now offering complete systems for continuous production of PU-insulated pipes. The extruded plastic pipe is given an insulating polyurethane layer, followed immediately by the addition of a protective polyethylene sheath.

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In partnership with Ciba, Gabriel-Chemie developed its Maxithen PPSYS solution, which enabled a UV stabiliser and flame retardant combination for the first time.

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In the process industries, lining with plastics is a method used frequently to protect components against corrosion and chemical attack. However, conventional plastics lack chemical, diffusion, and abrasion resistance.

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