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According to Actega DS, the demand for high quality and advancements often is accompanied by the necessity of drastic cost reductions. This is possible in the form of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), which have increasingly asserted themselves as substitute materials for rubber in recent years, thanks to their improved performance characteristics and material differences, says the company.

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Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., a global producer of styrenic block copolymers, will present engineered polymers and chemicals derived from pine wood pulping co-products at Chinaplas, held from 25 – 28 April 2016 in Shanghai, China. The product showcase will include technologies for speciality adhesives, automotive soft skins, polymer modification, Cariflex polyisoprene products, and medical applications and compounding solutions.

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As the trends toward miniaturization, portability, improved aesthetics, and environmental responsibility drive ongoing changes in medical devices, selecting the right materials has become more critical. Owing to plastics’ comparatively light weight, low cost, ease of processing, flexibility and superior biocompatibility, medical plastics have become an integral component in a wide range of modern medical devices and supplies, covering disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags, heart valves, etc. To achieve optimal product usability, appearance, endurance and performance, plastics are one of the best options for medical device designers. Plastics are also particularly suitable for medical packaging due to their exceptional barrier properties, light weight, low cost, durability, transparency and compatibility with other materials. Without doubt, modern healthcare would not be possible without plastics technology.

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At Chinaplas 2016, BASF will exclusively co-host the “Design x Innovation” event, showcasing innovations that demonstrate the power of high-performance materials to enable high-performance design. Chinaplas is the biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber in Asia and taking place for the 30th time from 25 – 28 April 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China.

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Tickets for K 2016 from 19 – 26 October are available online at www.k-online.com as of now. The eTicket offers dual benefits, as it saves time and money. Visitors can purchase their tickets online, print them out on their own printers or download them as codes, and then travel free of charge to the trade fair by bus and rail. The eTicket is also much cheaper than tickets bought on site. The one-day ticket thus costs EUR 49, while the price over the counter in Düsseldorf is EUR 65. The three-day ticket can be had for EUR 108 online, and for EUR 135 over the counter.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (MCPP) is continuing its expansion in Europe, which initiated with acquisition of CTS, having three production sites in France and Poland. By signing an agreement with Grässlin Kunststoffe, MCPP strengthens its network of distributors in Germany, where Chemie-Plast is already operating with the Tefabloc TPE range.

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Teknor Apex Company will present at Fakuma 2015 the largest and most diversified range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) that it has ever offered to the European market, the company announced.

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The international conference on business strategies, innovative additives and process optimisation for thermoplastics compounders will take place from 18 - 20 April 2016 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany.

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The Deutsche Kautschuk-Tagung (DKT) 2015 / International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2015 closed on 2 July with a record number of visitors. The organizers of the industry meeting point - the German Rubber Society (DKG) in cooperation with the trade association of the German Rubber Industry (wdk) - stated that already by 1 July more than 3,000 professionals and executives from around the world had visited the venue for the elastomer industry at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. At the same time about 1,000 professionals had registered for the concurrent conference session with more than 120 presentations. The industry association also announced that the demand for exhibit space and tickets was already at a record level well in advance of DKT 2015 / IRC 2015.

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The German Rubber Conference 2015 (DKT) and the International Rubber Conference 2015 (IRC) were opened with a ceremony on 29 June 2015 in Nuremberg. The demand for exhibit space and tickets was reaching record levels already in advance of the event, according to the German Rubber Society (DKG).

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