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The Gelsenkirchen, Germany, based company Masterflex has introduced a novel inhouse-developed clamping system that fits many wire-reinforced Masterflex hoses and is said to ensure quick and easy hose installation.

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Bayer MaterialScience recently developed a new family of hydrophilic coatings. These products are intended to combine lubricity and hemocompatibility with the good mechanical properties of polyurethane.

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Sarlink has announced that it has significantly improved and expanded its 6100 series of TPV products.

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Ford has selected Arnitel TPC from DSM Engineering Plastics for the production of vacuum brake tubes for its recently launched new Fiesta. Ford already uses the material in similar applications in a number of its models: Mondeo, S-Max, C-Max, Galaxy and Focus.

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Italian polyurethane processor Ruberti will soon be producing PU skins using new spray technology from KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, Munich. The process is said to deliver very high surface quality even for parts with complex geometries. Further advantages are short cycle times and significantly lower mould costs.

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Kraton Polymers LLC, a leading global producer of engineered polymers, announced new advances in pressure sensitive adhesives for the tape market. It is now possible to blend Kraton styrene-isoprene-butadiene-styrene (SIBS) and styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) polymers with rosin ester tackifying resins.

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DSM Elastomers has launched Keltan DE 8642A, a fast curing, high green strength ENB grade with good filler and plasticiser acceptance.

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GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, a PolyOne company, has been granted a patent for a line of TPEs that bond to PA regardless of their supplier, chemistry, or additives for insert or two-shot overmoulded components.

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Green Rubber Inc. technology creates a new source of rubber compound made from waste tyres through a non-toxic, environmentally conscious de-vulcanisation process called DeLink.

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In response to the market demand of ecologically compatible products being fully in line with sustainability and performance, Cognis has developed the DSX 3000 series.

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